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Curbside leaf collection starts next week
Leaf collection in La Crosse will kick off Monday starting on the North Side, and the city now offers several ways to find out when crews will be in your neighborhood.

Buffalo County struggles to comply with mining regs
Buffalo County is working to comply with state laws regulating the restoration of land used for mining, after poor management nearly led to the state taking over the program, according to a co…

La Crosse pimp sentenced to one year in prison
A La Crosse pimp will serve one year in prison for an offense the judge called degrading, inhumane and dangerous.

New Pump House and LDC collaboration explores humanity
In a first-ever collaboration, the La Crosse Dance Centre and the Pump House Regional Arts Center will stage an original performance this weekend that uses words, dance and song to explore wha…

ZZ Top concert postponed till March
ZZ Top fans will have to wait half a year to see the million-dollar beards in person.

La Crosse boat builder SkipperLiner closes again
SkipperLiner, a La Crosse boat builder that closed amid the troubled waters of the recession in April 2010 and reopened under new ownership six months later, appears to have closed again.

County sets free vaccination clinics for flu, other diseases
La Crosse County public health nurses will host mass vaccination clinics in Holmen on Oct. 8 and in La Crosse on Oct. 14, when children through age 18 can receive free immunization against the…

After eight years, Myrick back in city hands
The Myrick Hixon EcoPark, for now, is no more.

Jerome Christenson: The unacceptable costs of lower taxes
Yeah, so, what?s it worth to ya?

Report: Pilot of capsized tow wasn't trained
A pilot driving a four-level tow that sailed through a dam gate before it capsized in the Mississippi River in 2013 did not know how to operate the vessel, according to a federal investigation report.

Statewide health partnership adds a player
Waukesha-based ProHealth Care has joined a statewide partnership of major health care institutions that includes Gundersen Health System in La Crosse and five others.

La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies

La Crosse pimp sentenced to one year in prison
A La Crosse pimp will serve one year in prison for an offense the judge called degrading, inhumane and dangerous.

River Watch volunteers find 25 in Riverside during Oktoberfest
Operation River Watch volunteers made contact with about 25 people who found themselves in Riverside Park near the Mississippi River?s edge during the city?s Oktoberfest celebration.

Minnesota districts welcome new ACT requirement for all students
WINONA, Minn. ? Every Minnesota eleventh-grader will take the ACT free of charge this spring, thanks to legislation passed in 2013.


National News
Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border

Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near SurucBy Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". ...

Hong Kong's embattled leader believes protests could last weeks-source

Protesters sit under umbrellas at a main street at Mongkok shopping district after thousand of protesters blocked the road in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities will not immediately move to clear tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupying large areas of the city, and will let them stay for weeks if need be, a source with ties to leader Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday. In contrast, students spearheading the protest movement ratcheted up pressure on Leung, saying they would occupy more government buildings unless the Beijing-backed chief executive stepped down by Thursday night. ...

At least 10 killed in shelling of school and mini-van in Ukraine
By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces. Teachers managed to lead pupils at school No. 57 into a cellar for safety when shelling started and there were no children among those killed, municipal authorities and witnesses said. The shelling occurred at 10 a.m. ...

An environmentalist's calculated push toward Brazil's presidency

Presidential candidate Marina Silva of Brazilian Socialist Party attends a campaign rally in Sao PauloBy Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In March 2003, three months into her tenure as Brazil's environment minister, Marina Silva gathered a half-dozen aides at the modernist ministry building in Brasilia, the capital. She told them the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was about to embark on a pharaonic infrastructure project for Brazil's arid Northeast. The project, a still-ongoing effort to reroute water from one of Brazil's biggest rivers, had previously been opposed by environmentalists, including Silva herself. "Instead of fighting, she was merely trying to mitigate." Lisboa would not be the last person surprised by Silva, a former rubber tapper and maid and now a frontrunner in Brazil's presidential election race.

Japanese rescuers find more dead on volcano, toll at 47
TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on Wednesday a day after officials called off rescue efforts because of poisonous gas and fears of another blast. The eruption of 3,067-metre (10,062-foot) Mount Ontake, 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, blanketed the summit with a deadly rain of ash and stone as it was crowded with climbers and hikers enjoying the autumn colors. ...

Bolivia's Morales on course for re-election in first round: poll

Bolivia's President Evo Morales addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New YorkLA PAZ (Reuters) - President Evo Morales is cruising to an outright first-round victory in Bolivia's Oct. 12 presidential election, with his nearest rival trailing by 46 percentage points, a new opinion poll showed on Wednesday. Morales is projected to win 59 percent of the vote in the first round, unchanged from polls in July and August, against 13 percent for Samuel Doria Medina, the Ipsos poll showed. Medina, a cement tycoon, was polling 17 percent in August. ...

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran, civilian deaths

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Despite deeply strained relations, the president and prime minister stand united on the US-led campaign to defeat Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.

Greenland in political chaos as three ministers step down
By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Greenlandic ministers stepped down from the government on Wednesday to press Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to quit after she was accused of misuse of state money on private flights and hotels for family members. Hammond, premier since April last year, temporarily left office on Tuesday to wait for the results of an inquiry into her use of state funds, naming Kim Kielsen as her acting head of government. ...

At celeb-filled Louis Vuitton, venue is real star

The Louis Vuitton Foundation building is pictured before the presentation of Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The foundation, designed by American architect Frank Gehry, will open its doors to the public on Oct. 27 , 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) ? Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with a sea of photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.

Mercedes slightly overstated fuel economy in C300 compact sedans

A Mercedes-Benz logo and sign are seen at a dealership in downtown ShanghaiDETROIT (Reuters) - Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz will have to lower its labeling of fuel economy ratings on two all-wheel drive compact sedans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. The EPA tested the Mercedes-Benz C300 all-wheel drive FFV and PZEV models and found that the manufacturer had overstated by 1 mile per gallon the rating for city driving of each model. Mercedes-Benz stated a rating for each model of 20 mpg in city driving, and EPA testing showed 19 mpg, the agency said in a statement. ...

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