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Man trying to save Minnesota songbirds after swans
FOREST LAKE, Minn. ? Trumpeter swans had long disappeared from Minnesota when Carrol Henderson arrived in 1986 with a suitcase full of swan eggs.

No Labels: Shilling, Miller attend bipartisan gathering to shape national strategy
Sen. Jennifer Shilling and Sen. Jeremy Miller come from opposite sides of the Mississippi River ? and opposite sides of the aisle.

Local group to discuss current events
A group will meet to discuss current events from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 18 through Nov. 20, at the Southside Neighborhood Center, 1300 S. Sixth St.

Willkommen! German police officers visiting Winona as part of cultural exchange
WINONA, Minn. ? Ten German police officers are in town this week as part of the German American Police Exchange Program that Winona has participated in for about 20 years.

Local schools, districts score well
Coulee Region schools are measuring up to state standards, according to new ratings released Tuesday from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

UW-L Foundation has new interim officers
Bill Colclough has been named interim president of the UW-L Foundation, and Joe Heim has been named interim vice president.

Deputy pulls driver to safety
A Monroe County sheriff?s deputy saved a 79-year-old woman?s life Monday after her car went into water south of Hwy. 21 in Juneau County.

Walker gets warm welcome at implement dealership
ST. JOSEPH ? It wasn?t your grandfather?s Allis Chalmers D17. Heck, it wasn?t even that International Harvester 656.

Voter ID foes want new hearing
MADISON ? Civil rights advocates said Tuesday they plan to ask the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling by a three-judge panel that reinstated Wisconsin?s voter photo …

La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies
La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies:

Riverside Center buildings officially sold
The three Riverside Center buildings in downtown La Crosse officially have been sold to UnitedHealth Group, whose subsidiary OptumHealth owns Logistics Health Inc.

Man caught in gas-station bathroom trying to take needles
WINONA, Minn. ? A Minnesota City man faces multiple charges after attempting to use burning straws to get used needles out of a women?s bathroom container while wearing stolen clothes, accordi…

Judge: Ex-La Crosse lieutenant can't leave jail early
A judge won't allow an ex-La Crosse police lieutenant convicted of stealing fake drugs from his department to leave jail early.

2014 Oktoberfest medallion clue keys
Clue #1 Monday, Sept. 8

La Crosse picked one of nation's 'most livable' small cities
La Crosse has been named one of the country?s 100 ?most livable? mid-size cities, edging onto a list peppered with some of the best known college towns and state capitals.


National News
Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

U.S. President Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the Cross Hall of the White House in WashingtonBy Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m.† After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his palm, put his feet on a desk and shut his eyes. ...

Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

People pass some 'Yes' graffiti on the Royal Mile in EdinburghBy Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed. The United Kingdom's fate remains uncertain as the three surveys - from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation - showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union. The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland's 4. ...

Exclusive: South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North

South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during an interview with Reuters in SeoulBy Jean Yoon and Tony Munroe SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly. However, Park said in an interview that Pyongyang must show sincerity in seeking a constructive dialogue and "walk the talk" in taking up South Korea's offers for engagement aimed at ending a deadlock after a decade of warming ties. North Korea will send its foreign minister, Ri Su Yong, to the U.N. ...

U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

Hagel and Dempsey testify at a hearing about the IS on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there was no intention now to place American military advisers on the ground in direct combat. U.S. assistance is taking other forms, including air strikes. ...

Nearly 50 dead in Syria air strikes on central province: monitor
BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. Two days of air strikes left women and children among the dead, including a mother who was killed along with five of her children, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of sources. ...

Brazil's Rousseff slips in poll ahead of October election

Combination file pictures of Brazil's presidential candidates Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party and Rousseff of the Workers' PartyBRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has lost ground to her main challenger, Marina Silva, less than three weeks before Brazil's presidential election, which will likely be decided in a close second-round runoff, a poll showed on Tuesday. The survey by the Ibope polling firm said support for Silva, a renowned environmentalist, has remained unchanged at 43 percent, but Rousseff has slipped two percentage points to 40 percent since the previous poll last week. The gap is within the margin of error of the poll and the two are considered in a statistical tie. ...

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case
BEIJING (AP) ? Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT
SUVA, Fiji (AP) ? There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it. Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama, who has ruled this sunny South Pacific nation since he seized control in a 2006 coup, is the front-runner. He's popular in Fiji thanks in part to his focus on social programs, increased infrastructure spending and a crackdown on the media.

London's FTSE climbs at open

The FTSE 100 index rose 0.12 percent to 6,800.65 points in early tradeLondon (AFP) - London shares edged higher at the start of trading on Wednesday as uncertainty lingers over whether Scotland will vote to split from the United Kingdom.

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority, speaks during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. Tohti was set to go on trial on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 on separatism charges in the country's far western region of Xinjiang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)URUMQI, China (AP) ? A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied allegations that he engaged in separatism as he went on trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.

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