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Whitehall plans new well for frac sand mine
MADISON -- The Whitehall Municipal Water Utility is seeking state approval to construct a new well to keep up with the thirst of its newest and largest water customer, sand plant operator, Hi-…

King Street section to be closed for sewer repairs
King Street from Front to Second streets in downtown La Crosse will be closed to traffic for much of next week to allow repairs on a damaged sanitary sewer main, city officials said.

Health officials say raw milk sickened Durand football players
State Department of Health Services officials say raw milk served at a pot luck team meal likely caused an outbreak of illness among Durand High School football players and coaches last month.

GOP hopeful seeks to break DFL hold on AG's office
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says her work in office gives voters good reasons for electing her for a third term.

Mini-grants available to create change for people with disabilities
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is accepting applications for SPARKS Grants until Aug. 1. The purpose of SPARKS Grants is to organize grassroots groups th…

Doyle, Happel differ on most issues in Assembly race
State Rep. Steve Doyle and his Republican challenger, Tracie Happel, have a common goal: Each wants to represent the 94th Assembly District in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Quail habitat added to state forest in Houston County
Bobwhite quail have a newly protected place to call home on the 120-year-old Whalen homestead in Houston County.

Guardian angel
A crew with Fowler and Hammer on Friday installed a cast bronze sculpture at the Memorial to the Unborn at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Clinton rallies Democrats to defeat Gov. Walker
MILWAUKEE ? Former President Bill Clinton tried to energize fellow Democrats Friday in Milwaukee, where strong turnout could be a deciding factor in a close governor?s race between Mary Burke …

Aquinas grad who helped name Ebola: We didn't realize deadliness
The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa hits close to home for one La Crosse native: Gary Cook helped name the disease when he helped quash its first outbreak in Africa nearly 40 years ago.

Hard fight for control of Minnesota House
ALBERT LEA, Minn. ? Gov. Mark Dayton rolled into this city's old-brick main drag this week on a mission to save Rep. Shannon Savick, eagerly shaking hands and running down reasons voters shoul…

AG candidates spar on campaign coordination
MADISON, Wis. ? Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ accused Republican opponent Brad Schimel of backtracking on whether he would defend a Wisconsin law restricting political candida…

Charlene Hansen: Thanks for help with flat tire
I'd like to thank the gentleman whose wife was driving Oct. 18 on 32nd Street. 18. He could see that my tire blew out; it had three holes in it. He came and changed my tire. I was on my way to…

Horses change lives of 2 Portage High School girls
PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) ? Guardian angels don't always have wings or a halo.

Clinton rallies Democrats to defeat Gov. Walker
MILWAUKEE ? Former President Bill Clinton tried to energize fellow Democrats Friday in Milwaukee, where strong turnout could be a deciding factor in a close governor's race between Mary Burke …


National News
U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

CF-18 Hornet fighter jets depart from 4 Wing Cold Lake, AlbertaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes in Iraq included attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. The Iraq strikes hit large and small Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said. ...

Al Qaeda militants push back Shi'ite rebels' advance on central Yemen stronghold

Shi'ite Houthi rebel mans a checkpoint in Yareem town of Yemen's central province of IbbSANAA (Reuters) - Sunni al Qaeda militants killed dozens of Yemeni Shi'ite rebels on Saturday in the city of Radda in central Yemen as they pushed back the rebels' advance on the al Qaeda stronghold, tribal sources said. Shi'ite Houthi rebel forces have advanced into central and western Yemen since they seized control of the country's capital Sanaa on Sept. 21, taking on Sunni tribesmen and al Qaeda militants, who regard the Houthis as heretics. Fighting has flared in several provinces, alarming neighbor Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 1 oil exporter. ...

UK's Labour suffers setback as leader in Scotland quits

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband applauds Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont during Labour's annual conference in ManchesterBy William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - The head of Britain's opposition Labour party in Scotland has unexpectedly quit, further unsettling the party in one of its heartlands and posing a new problem for leader Ed Miliband ahead of national elections in May next year. Johann Lamont told a newspaper she was standing down with immediate effect. She slammed "dinosaurs" among Labour's leadership in London who were out of touch with how Scotland had changed even though voters had rejected independence last month. ...

In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters

A woman walks past parliamentary election posters in KasserineBy Tarek Amara KASSERINE Tunisia (Reuters) - In the western Tunisian city of Kasserine, campaign posters plastered on walls make plain what many voters want from Sunday's parliamentary election -- jobs, whose scarcity has fueled unrest and militancy. Alongside portraits of would-be lawmakers and party logos, scores of young people have posted resumes, hoping to land job offers to lift them out of the economic malaise that has troubled Tunisia's democratic evolution. Unemployment in the olive and fruit farming region bordering Algeria is almost double the national 15 percent. ...

Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State
ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in the early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed. A spokesman for the peshmerga ministry also said Zumar was now in Kurdish hands. ...

Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

Presidential candidates Neves of Brazilian Social Democratic Party and Rousseff of Workers Party pose before a television debate in Rio de JaneiroBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday's election runoff in Brazil's closest race in decades. In the final television debate of a bitter campaign, leftist President Dilma Rousseff and pro-business opposition candidate Aecio Neves sparred over who was best suited to restore growth to a stagnant economy, fight inflation, bring down rents and deal with open sewers in Brazilian cities. ...

Egypt declares state of emergency as Sinai blast kills 30 troops

Sinai has turned into a hotbed for extremist militants who have killed scores of security personnel since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013A state of emergency came into force Saturday across much of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing by suspected jihadists. It was the deadliest attack on the country's security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters. The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president's office said. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only route into the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.

Lebanon troops attack gunmen in historic Tripoli market

A Lebanese soldier takes cover during clashes with Islamist gunmen in Tripoli's historic centre -- which is on the shortlist for possible nomination as a UNESCO world heritage siteLebanese troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli Saturday, after deadly clashes rocked the longtime tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported. It was the first time since the civil war in neighbouring Syria erupted in 2011 that violence had spread to the market in Tripoli's historic centre, which is on the shortlist for possible selection as a UNESCO world heritage site. Elsewhere in northern Lebanon, a clash broke out in the Akkar region near the Syrian border, after unidentified gunmen tried to cut off a main road.

Bitter mood on eve of Ukraine's election

Ukrainian children play on an armoured personnel carrier which belonged to pro-Russia militants and which has now been put on display in Kiev, on October 25, 2014The mood in Maidan Square, epicentre of Ukraine's democracy revolution, was as bitter on the eve of Sunday's parliamentary elections as the suddenly freezing October wind. Long gone are the huge pro-Western crowds that overthrew Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych eight months ago -- and with them their heady optimism. Burly security guards outnumber visitors in the eerily empty square, lined with ghostly portraits, dried flowers and candles honouring the more than 100 demonstrators killed in the revolt. "Ukraine has lost," Viktor Vashyuk, 54, said, shivering inside his thin leather jacket.

Shiffrin, Fenninger share win in World Cup GS

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, left, and Austria's Anna Fenninger celebrate in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Shiffrin and Fenninger tied for the first place. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)SOELDEN, Austria (AP) ? Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time fulfilling her ambition to start winning giant slaloms this season.

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