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La Crosse receives $350,000 in lead abatement funding

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The city of La Crosse has received a state grant of more than $350,000 to finance lead abatement programs in local homes. 

The council finance committee is endorsing a plan to accept the grant money from the state health department. 

“We intend to serve 12 households,” said Kevin Clements from the city planning department. “We have made it a three-year forgivable loan, and with these funds we will also be able to train contractors in being lead abatement contractors.”

Clements says four cases of high lead levels among children have been identified this year in La Crosse, which is about average for recent years.       

Children who have elevated lead levels, often from exposure to lead paint in old houses, would be eligible for treatment under Badgercare or Medicaid. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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