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Spider Lake bridge
9:07 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Crash Detours Traffic On U.S. 51 In Vilas County

A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.

Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.

Checking In With Constituents
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers Listening to You

Credit Bluecheddar.net

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and three Northwoods members of the Assembly are hosting listening sessions October 28 through the 30th.

Tiffany will be joining Rob Swearingen, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja.

Tiffany says the 12th Senate District is among the largest geographically in the state with a diverse set of issues.

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$1 for Mercer District taxpayers
2:14 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Dems and GOP Differ On Walker Tax Relief Plan

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th Wi)
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

Different views of the property tax relief claimed by the Walker administration last week. Governor Walker announced $100 million dollars from surplus revenue would be funneled back to taxpayers. A Northwoods Republican said about $80,000 was coming to all the schools in his district...

34th Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen...

 

"....the money was injected into the state equalization aid in terms of the school funding formula. It does do what it's supposed to do.Crandon in the (34th) does about the best...

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Charges pending
2:54 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Police Arrest Three In Lincoln County Bust

Credit justice.gov

Two Lincoln county residents and one from Michigan are facing possible drug-related charges.

Merrill police report the arrest of 27 year old Michael Hedges of Tomahawk, 18 year old Jessica Rowan of Merrill and 28 year old Robert Sleik of Michigan.

Methamphetamine and multiple hypodermic syringes, and drug paraphernalia were alleged to have been found at a Tomahawk home.

The arrests come as part of a joint investigation involving Tomahawk and Merrill police departments, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and the North Central Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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Recently-Opened Government
2:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Honor Flight to Take Place As Planned

Many Honor Flight participants will head to the Korean War Monument in Washington, D.C.
Credit Expert Infantry

One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C. 

The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.

Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.

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Race-Based Logos and Mascots
1:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawmakers OK Changes to Indian Mascot Rules

Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots. 

The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn’t discriminating.  The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint. 

Supporters say it makes the process more fair.  Opponents call it discrimination.

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Tiffany says only need to sign up once
12:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Northwoods Legislator Proposes No-Call List Change

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List...

 

"...we're one of only 14 states that keeps a state list, the rest of them have moved it to the federal level and that is what we're going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no-call list..."

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Report to the county board
11:17 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Oneida County Faces Millions In Retirement Health Costs

Credit flicker.com

Oneida county has more than 8 million dollars pending in health benefits being paid to workers who have left county employment, mainly through retirement.

A county financial advisor, John Frederick, updated the county board Tuesday.

He says current accounting practices find the health care benefit must be reflected during the time the person is employed, rather than as a gratutiy after they retire...

 

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A Question of Speed
5:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Assembly Endorses 70 MPH Limit

State lawmakers in the Assembly have passed a bill allowing a higher speed limit on rural interstates.  The bill introduced by Republican Paul Tittl raises the cap on speeds to 70 miles per hour on some roads, up from 65. 

The bill says 4-lane interstates could one day have the higher limit, but only after the DOT does a one-year study of safety impacts.

Many Democrats in the state assembly complained the bill was fast-tracked to a scheduled vote.  Representative Fred Kessler of Milwaukee said key voices were missing from the bill’s public hearing.

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Medical bills leading cause of U.S. bankruptcy
2:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Activist: Glitches Being Fixed In Obamacare Launch

Kevin Kane, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Credit Kevin Kane

He said a many Americans had either been locked out of getting healthcare because of pre-existing conditions, or had to pay higher rates. He says women paid more because of pregnancy and other issues, but starting January 1, not anymore...

 

"....women on average are charged about one-and-a-half times more, on average, than a 22 year old male. Women are more responsible than men. You go to the doctor more, you get checkups more, you tend to get pregnant more, but that's a whole other issue..."

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