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Oktoberfest parade marshals announced
About five years ago, Scott Mihalovic convinced Mike Desmond to take the job as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse.

Walker's allies rush to help GOP governor
MADISON ? Gov. Scott Walker is in another tight political spot, and his allies are again rushing to the Republican's rescue, powering his re-election bid and trying to keep alive his president…

La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies

BRF administrator to recommend axing police department
BLACK RIVER FALLS -- City Administrator Brad Chown said he plans to recommend that Black River Falls abolish its police department and contract with Jackson County for law enforcement.

Campbell board meets tonight on Kelemen
Campbell town board members will meet in closed session during a special meeting tonight to discuss the investigation into the town's embattled police chief.

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.

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.

Energy help available for poor
People in low-income households are invited to apply for help in paying energy bills through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

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.

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.


National News
U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting
By Jeff Mason MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) - Some U.S. military advisers could end up in front-line positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq. The House of Representatives gave a green light to a key plank of Obama's strategy against Islamic State, approving authorization for the Pentagon to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to fight the radical Islamist militants. The legislation now goes to the Senate. ...

Divided, Scots prepare to vote on fate of the United Kingdom

The Final Day Of Campaigning For The Scottish Referendum Ahead Of Tomorrow's Historic VoteBy Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists. In an intense final day of campaigning on Wednesday, leaders of both sides beseeched Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families, friends and lovers but also electrified this country of 5.3 million. ...

U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain

Mitc McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. ...

Nuclear deal elusive as Iran, six powers resume talks in New York

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the media during a news conference in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A diplomatic breakthrough is unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against Iran when talks resume in New York this week between Tehran and six world powers deadlocked after a year of negotiations. The talks between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are re-starting after a two-month hiatus and amid Washington and Tehran ruling out cooperation on fighting Islamic State militants who have taken over swaths of Iraq and Syria. ...

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

Pro-Russian rebel checks his rifle inside the Vostok battalion base in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists. "Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their goal. So I am asking the defense minister for full battle readiness," Arseny Yatseniuk, who is emerging as a policy 'hawk' in President Petro Poroshenko's leadership, told a government meeting. ...

Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry wipes his eyes as he testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "U.S. Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" on Capitol HillBy 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. ...

AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq?s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country?s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."

Iran's Rouhani: Islamic State beheadings a concern for mankind: NBC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced Islamic State's beheading of innocent people, saying the militant group's shameful actions violate Islamic principles, NBC News said in excerpts of an interview released on Wednesday. "From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing ... innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity," Rouhani told the television network, according to NBC. ...

Huntelaar clinches Schalke draw at Chelsea in CL

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas scores the opening goal against Schalke's goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann during the Champions League Group G soccer match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge stadium in London Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) ? Just how reliant Chelsea's revival has been on Diego Costa's goals became clearer against Schalke in their Champions League opener.

US 'obsessed' with sanctions against Tehran: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused the United States of being "obsessed" with sanctions against his country, on the eve of new bilateral talks on a nuclear dealWashington (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused the United States of being "obsessed" with sanctions against his country, on the eve of new bilateral talks on a nuclear deal.

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