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Tomah council to discuss mayor hostile work environment claims again Tuesday

Tomah’s city council will meet in closed session for the third time before Tuesday night’s meeting to discuss claims made by Mayor Shannon Hough last month that poor city work conditions have led to a hostile work environment. The council is not expected to make any decisions related to the claims according to city clerk Jo Ann Cram. City attorney Penny Precour-Berry says there’ve been ongoing efforts by the council and her office as issues have been raised. Berry says they thought they were heading toward resolving the issues in December, but that Hough’s claims showed more work is needed.

Background check needed before former VA chief of staff can start LaX private practice

The La Crosse clinic looking to begin a private psychiatry office for former Tomah VA Medical Center chief of staff Doctor David Houlihan is still waiting for a background check. Governor Scott Walker says the hiring raises serious red flags. The state’s Medical Examining board found probable cause in December that Houlihan engaged in unprofessional conduct at Tomah, though it’s expected to take until June to finish an investigation. Houlihan was fired from the VA after over prescription allegations broke publically in January of 20-15.

Vandermeer on Rural Wisconsin Initiative

70th District Assemblywoman Nancy Vandermeer toured Sparta’s Innovations STEM Academy with lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch last week touting bills to help rural Wisconsin. Vandermeer also explains why proposals to pay 40 percent of a new resident’s student loans and forgive other loans would be helpful. Vandermeer says there’s a lot of passion at the STEM Academy and that she wished that more programs like that were available. Vandermeer says it’s one of the things they want to broaden through the initiative. On lending, Vandermeer says it can be a difficult atmosphere, with changes making rural living more affordable and more possible. Vandermeer says improving broadband access in rural areas would also help.

Man arrested in Wednesday La Crosse meth bust

One man was arrested in Wednesday’s La Crosse meth bust where police found near 10 thousand dollars of meth and 58 hundred dollars cash. 26-year-old Kong Vang of La Crosse was arrested near the UW-L campus. He makes his initial court appearance this afternoon.

Aquinas part of voucher system again next school year

Aquinas Catholic Schools of La Crosse and Onalaska will be the only Western Wisconsin schools that’ll be a part of the state’s voucher program again in the 20-16-17 school year. It’ll include Aquinas high school and middle school, La Crosse’s Cathedral and Blessed Sacrament elementaries, and Onalaska’s St. Pat’s Elementary. This year’s public school open enrollment application period began Monday and runs through the end of April.

Necedah man sentenced for providing heroin in Tomah man's 2014 death

A Necedah man was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison Thursday after pleading no contest to providing the heroin that killed a Tomah man in July of 20-14, according to Lee Enterprises. 40-year-old Shane Shelby was charged in the death of 26-year-old Derik McGovern of Tomah.