- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014
Obama to tour GE facility in Waukesha

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to spend the night in Milwaukee on Wednesday and then tour General Electric’s gas engine facility in Waukesha on Thursday.

The visit is part of a four-state tour the president is making following his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

The White House released details of his Wisconsin stop on Monday. His comments at the GE plant are to focus on the economy but are closed to the public.

Obama also plans stops in Maryland and the Pittsburgh area Wednesday and the Nashville area Thursday.


Purdue to bus students to funeral for student

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University has announced it will provide charter bus service for students who want to attend funeral services in Wisconsin for a student fatally shot and stabbed on campus last week.

The university announced Monday it would provide bus service to West Bend, Wis., for the service of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt. Authorities say Boldt was killed Jan. 21 in Purdue’s Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus.

An innocent plea was entered last week on behalf of 23-year-old Cody Cousins, who has been charged with murder. He has been ordered held without bond.

The buses are scheduled to leave the campus in West Lafayette about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The visitation will be Tuesday afternoon at St. Frances Cabrini Church, followed by a funeral Mass that night at the church.


Obama’s approval rating drops among Wis. voters

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama’s approval rating is down among registered Wisconsin voters.

A Marquette University law school poll released Monday says Obama’s approval rating has fallen to 44 percent. Fifty percent disapprove of the job he’s doing.

In October, before the flawed rollout of the federal health care exchanges, 49 percent approved of Obama and 46 percent disapproved. Those numbers were in line with his average approval ratings in Wisconsin over the past two years.

The poll also revealed a decrease in support for health care reform. The poll says 35 percent of respondents have a favorable view of the law and 56 have an unfavorable view. Three months ago, 42 percent had a favorable impression and 48 an unfavorable view.

The poll of 802 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Audit: 63 drug packets potentially tampered with

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - La Crosse police found more than 60 packages of illegal drugs and prescription pills that may have been tampered with in the evidence room after a lieutenant was arrested in August.

The report was released Monday under a La Crosse Tribune (https://bit.ly/1iEt7E9https://bit.ly/1iEt7E9 ) open records request.

Former Lt. Brian Thomson admitted stealing and using methamphetamine from the evidence room at least three times last year. He was arrested and resigned Aug. 13 after a sting set up by his department.

Thomson’s captain wrote that during an audit of drugs stored in the evidence room, he identified 63 packages containing heroin, meth, cocaine or prescription pills where the envelope or tape appeared tampered with.

Thomson pleaded guilty to attempted possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.comhttps://www.lacrossetribune.com

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