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Woman reportedly found dead at La Crosse north side hotel

A woman was found dead in a La Crosse West George Street hotel room Monday morning, according to Morgan Murphy Media. Police say the death may be drug-related, but will not officially confirm that until an autopsy is completed. The woman’s name has not been released.

Black River Falls family homeless after fire

A Black River Falls family of six is homeless after a fire Tuesday night at a Washington Street home on the city’s northeast side. Emergency housing has been arranged by the Red Cross. Fire details have not been released.

Kind being challenged in August primary

An Eau Claire retired high school social studies teacher is challenging Third District Congressman Ron Kind in the August primary. Myron Buchholz says Eau Claire poverty rates have jumped in the last 20 years. Buchholz says when he started teaching in Eau Claire in 1997 7 percent of students got free-and-reduced lunches, when he retired that’d grown to 25 percent in where which Buchholz called “the rich side of town.” Buchholz says that’s now grown to nearly 50 percent of state students being unable to pay full price for an already subsidized lunch. Buchholz says he’s also against trades agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Fire closes Interstate between Camp and New Lisbon for 7 hours

The eastbound Interstate between Camp Douglas and New Lisbon re-opened at about 4 o’ clock Wednesday morning after a fire had closed both lanes for more than 7 hours from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Fire details have not been released.

3 arrested in La Crosse drug bust

Three people were arrested after La Crosse police say they found a psychedelic mushroom growing operation and more than a thousand grams of marijuana in various forms, including in gummy bears and chocolate taffy, at a Pine Street apartment Monday. Arrested were 21-year-old Austin Kaufman, and 24-year-old Alissa Arentz, both of La Crosse, and 19-year-old Hunter Mathison of Onalaska. Police say they also found nearly 100 rounds of ammunition and more than 11 hundred dollars cash. Kaufman was sentenced to probation in April after pleading guilty to 20-14 La Crosse County marijuana delivery charges.

Mauston hosting comprehensive plan public meeting Wednesday night

Mauston will host a public hearing Wednesday on a once-a-decade to the city’s comprehensive plan. The meeting begins at 5 o’ clock at City Hall. The city last updated their comprehensive plan in 2000. It led to downtown revitalization, and more parks and passive recreation, including a trail system.

VA whistleblower starting texting hotline

Tomah VA whistleblower Ryan Honl is starting a texting hotline for Western Wisconsin veterans and VA employees who think they have no other venue to deal with their issues. Honl says he constantly hears from veterans and employees about fraud, waste and abuse, and everyday struggles. The number is 6-O-8-6-2-O-99-51.

Accused VA drug seller could take plea, be sentenced Wednesday morning

One of three people arrested for selling drugs on the Tomah VA Medical Center campus in July is scheduled to make a plea and be sentenced Wednesday morning. Police say a Sparta woman supplied 100 Oxycodone pills to 61-year-old Bernard Jackson of La Crosse, who then sold them at the VA. Jackson is a former VA employee and former Tomah resident. Jackson faces up to 18 ½ years in prison if convicted.