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Looks like a rematch for a local assembly race. Two years ago democratic challenger and the head of the local red cross chapter Cheryl Hancock ran against incumbent state representative Mike Huebsch. The West Salem republican held on to his seat. If he wants to serve another two years he will have to defeat Hancock for a 2nd time. Later today Hancock is holding a news conference to announce her candidacy.
At some point, the state of Wisconsin is going to figure out exactly what it wants to learn from police agencies. Until then, police departments will have to wait and see what's expected under mandates to keep track of potential racial profiling. Onalaska police chief Jeffrey Trotnic says he's not overly concerned about the mandates. As a cop in Missouri for several years, Trotnic says he already had experience in collecting data to track racial profiling and, he says, it actually can be useful information that's gathered. Area police agencies already have the equipment and training in place to record things like race, gender or whether a search is done during a traffic stop.
Sometimes pushing a little helps you get what you want. La Crosse city council members pushed hard enough on developer Don Weber to get him to give ground on what was once considered a deal breaker. A ban on paid parking in the new city parking ramp has been lifted. Really wasn't that hard, says city council member, Audrey Kader. She says Weber determined that it was in the city's best interest to be able to charge for parking at the ramp if it needed to. She says, he also really wants to start construction on the ramp and the third Riverside Center building. The city currently doesn't charge for parking in any ramps. But if it does in the near future, the new ramp would be included.
No arrests, no suspect, and no definite cause of death...
Still plenty of unanswered questions in the murders of a Barre Mills couple, Dennis and Merna Koula. La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says they're still trying to figure out when the murders occurred.
The Koulas' son discovered the bodies of his parents early Monday morning. About a dozen investigators are still searching the couple's home near the Fox Hollow golf course. Autopsy results might be available late this week.
It's now considered a double murder...
La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says Dennis and Merna Koula were murdered at their Barre Mills home. Nearly a dozen investigators have been assigned to the case, and the state crime lab is still involved in the probe. Dennis Koula was a pharmacist, and an owner of Valley View Ford in West Salem. The couple's bodies were discovered Monday morning by their son, when he came to the house on Fox Valley Drive.