WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Charles Shabino of Wausau, who is Wisconsin Hospital Association  chief medical officer and the Board Chairman of the Wisconsin Council On Medical Education Workforce, the group that authored a recent report on physician retention.

Of particular concern is finding and keeping doctors in rural areas....

A dead crow in Vilas county has tested positive for West Nile Virus, one of 12 birds statewide found to have the disease.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread by mosquitos. Dead birds are often reflect the presence of the virus as infected mosquitos bite birds who get sick and die.

Volunteers were out looking until the wee hours of Thursday morning(7/28) for people without adequate shelter in the Northwoods. Twice each year the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, or N*WISH, Continuum of Care, go to places to see if people needed shelter.

Lori Hallas of Rhinelander gives us the results...

The Vilas County Health Department reports the presence of bacteria has closed a swimming area near Eagle River.

Eagle Lake Beach, located north of Eagle River off Chain O Lakes Road, is closed until further notice due to the presence of bacteria leading to unsafe swimming conditions.

No other information is available.

Officials are reminding the public to take it easy and find ways to get cool during our mid-summer hot spell.

Tuesday we talked about ways to stay cool and that information is on the WXPR website.

Wednesday, Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says people without air conditioning can go to places in the Minoqua, Rhinelander and Eagle River areas that are air conditioned and usually open...

State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” as temperatures reach summertime highs this week. Heat can be dangerous to anyone, but especially so people with health conditions and pets.

Wisconsin DNR

We're entering into the time when growth of blue-green algae blooms on stagnant water poses a threat to pets and to a lesser degree, humans. The DNR has received reports of blooms on some southern lakes and blooms will continue to appear throughout the state as the summer months continue.

Water Resource Management specialist for the DNR, Gina LaLiberte, says some blooms can produce toxins and if ingested or inhaled. While humans can get sick from the water, the biggest threats are to dogs who will drink water humans won't...

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average 230 fireworks-related injuries near and on the 4th of July.

A local public health nurse says by following a few safety tips, fireworks users don't have to join the injury statistics. Rob Deede from the Oneida County Health Department says only purchase fireworks from a reputable dealer. He says light fireworks on a hard, flat surface and has other tips...

AAA Wisconsin is beginning an effort to alert drivers to what they call the "100 deadliest days".

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study says nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. The research also finds a disturbing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise among teen drivers.

AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says the summer months are among the most deadly...

A free car seat inspection sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department is set for Monday at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink is also a nationally-certified car seat technician. While adults can click into properly installed seat belts, she says many children are not....

".....three out of four car seats are not used correctly. We often find safety things that are not quite up to what they're supposed to be doing. It's more than just making sure the car seat is in tightly...."

Wisconsin Wins Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

May 18, 2016

  A state wide program is cracking down on illegal tobacco sales.  

The Wisconsin Wins Tobacco Compliance Check Program works to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth and lower illegal tobacco sales in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Florence, Lincoln and Price counties.  Program Coordinator and Oneida County Community Health Specialist Maria Otterholt outlines the program…

A recent study done by AAA finds fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug. AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says the recent numbers are concerning...

"......they went from an 8 percent(fatal crash level) to 17 percent, that's about one in six drivers in Washington state that are involved in fatal crashes that has marijuana in their system...."

  This week is National Women’s Health Week and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program is encouraging women to make their health a priority. The program serves the northern nine county region of Wisconsin, and offers breast and cervical cancer screenings at no cost to uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 45 and 64. Program coordinator Nichole Paplinski says this week is about improving women’s mental and physical health. She says women should engage in a physical activity 5 days a week for 30 minutes a day, eat healthy and keep up with preventative screenings…

Police officers from central and northern Wisconsin recently trained in techniques to handle people who are having a mental health crisis.

  Tomahawk and Rhinelander Chiefs of Police Al Elvins and Michael Steffes were presenters,along with mental health professionals in what's known as Crisis Intervention Training. The model brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and others to improve responses to people in crisis.

Wednesday is Bike and Walk To School Day and students in the Northwoods will be participating. This year, Northwoods LEAN, or (Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) are encouraging young people to be more active. Here's Maria Otterholt from Northwoods LEAN....

" we really celebrate physical activity during the month of May. Northwoods LEAN is encouraging that on May 4 by asking all schools in Vilas or Oneida counties and have their students bike or walk to school that morning...."