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What's really going to break the health care bank in the future? According to a new congressional budget office report, it's obesity. The cost of caring for the overly large is rapidly making healthcare more expensive in the US. At Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, surgeon Shanu Khatari says gastric bypass surgery is the one proven method to get the weight off and keep it off. Oddly, many insurance companies don't cover it. Though, Dr. Khatari says, those same companies don't seem to have a problem covering the illnesses that are directly related to obesity like diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. Khatari says gastric bypass is much cheaper in the long run than dealing with obesity related illnesses.
After a week behind bars in Minnesota, two men wanted for a triple-murder in Florida are headed south...
James Howze and Lonnie Munn are being transported now to Suwannee County, Florida...where they'll be charged with the shooting deaths of an older couple and their nephew. The fugitives were nabbed last week while camping out at Whitewater State Park near Winona. Detectives traced them to Winona County when one of them used an A-T-M card in St. Charles. Ironically, the sheriff in Suwannee County had said just after the murders that he thought Munn and Howze would be caught close to the crime scene.
The crash report is finished...
A supervisor with the Wisconsin State Patrol tells us that the report on a fatal collision this summer near Holmen should be delivered to the La Crosse District Attorney today. Supervisor Duane Meyers expects the D-A to release results of the investigation by early next week, after deciding whether charges should be filed in the case. Sixteen-year-old Brandon Jennings was killed on July 18th when his car collided with a La Crosse County squad car that was heading to a crime scene in Holmen. The deputy who drove the squad car has been on routine leave since the accident, while the State Patrol investigated.
Jack Litsheim sat at the bar talking about it all night. La Crosse police say the 52 year-old told his buddy at their watering hole on Jackson street last night that he was going to climb the big crane across the street at a Viterbo construction site. Told the bartender the same thing. So, after sitting at the bar talking about it for six hours, Litsheim walked across Jackson, crawled under a construction trailer and climbed the 400 foot crane. Eventually made it to the top and turned off the aircraft warning light. Although a cop eventually convinced him to turn it back on. Streets were blocked, emergency crews were standing by. Finally a crane operator lowered Litsheim to the ground. He faces a couple minor charges for the climb.