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We've been hearing about state cuts to local cities, county's and school districts.....but not too much about what Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal would do to seniors in the state.
Well the Governor's budget would see a cut of about 500-million dollars in cuts from Medicaid through a variety of reforms including increasing co-pays and deductibles, but not by reducing benefits. And that says Noreen Holmes-Kuroski of the Lacrosse County Aging Department....would lead to cuts in local senior transportation as well. And that Kuroski says is a must have for seniors and others.
Kuroski says most seniors want to stay at home as much as possible, but cuts like these may not make that possible if you take away their means of transportation
A criminal case in Monroe County has brought about a whole new ball game for the Monroe County D.A., a judge and possibly the State of Wisconsin. Judge David Rice ruled that a Canadian truck driver who erratically drove through Monroe County last year for 23 miles in his big rig...will be allowed to return to his home win Canada, with really no punishment for his actions from the incident that happened last May.
44 year old Beant Singh Gill was found not guilty by reason of insanity earlier this year.....and will be allowed to continue treatment he is receiving for a Bi-Polar disorder......in Canada. A first for Monroe County D.A. Dan Cary.
Judge David Rice says the case may be the first of it's kind in the state....and though Gill will have to follow the rules given to him under the Department of Health for 6 years.....monitoring his progress will be hard to do since Wisconsin has no jurisdiction in Canada.
A ruling this week by Wisconsin lawmakers was good news for Jeff Rich of Gunderson Lutheran. Rich, the efficiency improvement director, is overseeing an $11.5 million wind farm project near Cashton. He says new statewide standards for locating windenergy farms was thrown out by legislators this week which now clears the way for a more restrictive proposal.
The state Public Service Commission would have required new wind turbines to be located at least 12-hundred-50 feet from neighboring houses. In January, Governor Scott Walker proposed much longer setbacks for new wind turbines of 18-hundred-50-feet.
Rich says the wind farm project is on schedule and construction should start this spring on roads that will lead to the site. He says early fall is the target time for for wind turbines to be installed and they could be going in cirlces by November. Rich says the site is an investment in the community and will help the price of electricty for the Cashton area.
The third spring flood outlook from the National Weather Service is full of water....and so could your property soon enough.
Mike Welvert says the potential for record flooding this year along the Mississippi is almost a definite. He says the extent of the flooding will depend on how quickly show melts in the LaCrosse area and in areas further north along the Mississippi River. Temperatures and how frozen and wet the grounds are also factors when determining flooding situations.
It's expected that flooding will begin late this month, or early April and could last into May. Record amounts are expected from the Twin Cities all the way to St. Louis.