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A response to controversial t-shirts in a western WIsconsin school district has drawn the attention of civil rights advocates. The Wisconsin ACLU says it will investigate how The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau school district handled the situation at the end of the school year that involved several students wearing KKK t-shirts. Those students will apparently face school discipline and maybe criminal charges for the t-shirts. But the ACLU questions whether the students' civil rights were violated. The group says the students' "expression of their religious or political beliefs is constitutionally protected." The group also says just because the t-shirts were considered offensive that alone would not give the school grounds to punish kids for wearing them.
Until recently, the presence of cougars in Wisconsin hasn't been a big topic of conversation for the state's DNR. But that might soon change. Because the big cats are moving in, says George Meyer, director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Meyer, who used to be DNR secretary in Wisconsin, says his old agency has been very cautious to confirm reports of cougars in the state, lacking significant physical evidence but he doubts the DNR has tried to cover up the existence of the big cats in Wisconsin.
By this point, parts of the La Crosse school district are a full-on construction zone. Doesn't take long to get that point in the summer, says district buildings and grounds chief, Joe Ledvina. He says, as soon as kids leave for summer vacation, crews are standing by to start tearing things apart. The district is still doing work paid for through a referendum from a couple of years ago. This summer, among many other projects, it's heating and air conditioning systems at Summit and Hintgen elementary and tennis courts at Logan high.
IT'S ONE OF THE PROPOSED TOURIST ATTRACTIONS THAT'S BEEN ON THE DRAWING BOARD IN LA CROSSE FOR YEARS...
A PLATFORM ALONG THE BLACK RIVER FOR WATCHING EAGLES HAS NOT GOTTEN VERY FAR. AND NORTH LA CROSSE BUSINESSMAN RANDY EDDY SENIOR HOPES THE CITY WILL DEVELOP IT SOON. HE'S FRUSTRATED BY THE LOSS OF FEDERAL MONEY FOR THE PROJECT. EDDY SAYS THE EAGLE-VIEWING PLATFORM IS ONE OF NEARLY 20 COMMUNITY PROJECTS PUT ON A PRIORITY LIST BY A SPECIAL COMMITTEE A FEW YEARS AGO. THAT LIST INCLUDED THE NEW BLACK RIVER BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER.