Creating Safe Space
1:30 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Antigo Hosts AIDS Candelight Vigil Sunday

Candles will be lit in honor of AIDS victims this Sunday at Langlade Hospital.
Credit Pixabay

Health officials in Langlade County are holding an AIDS vigil this Sunday.

World AIDS Day is coming up in a few weeks.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Pastor Nancy Richmond, who will be leading this weekend’s vigil, about why it’s being held. 

It’s at 4 o’clock Sunday in the chapel at Langlade Hospital in Antigo.

Organizers say it’s the only event of its kind in the region.    

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Responding to Widespread Photo-Sharing
5:11 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Internet Safety Expert to Speak At Rhinelander Schools

The School District of Rhinelander is bringing in an expert from the state Department of Justice to talk with students and parents about internet crimes and safety.

The district has been dealing with a recent investigation of students sharing explicit photos via social media and on cell phones.

As a result of the school’s investigation about ten students were briefly suspended, but Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says it became clear that the problem was broader and more systemic than just a few students.  

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Silent killer
3:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Staying Safe From Carbon Monoxide During Hunting Season


Many homes have carbon monoxide detectors, but a Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson says you should also be careful as you head to your deer hunting shelter. The camps often have debris collect in vents and other places and could lead to problems.

WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"'s importatnt that heating equipment is inspected annually. Make sure all of the venting is properly clear of any debris, any nests that have been built up by birds or mice, really all of those furnaces and heating sources need to be vented properly...."

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Seventy-three percent voted yes
4:40 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

BadgerCare Referendums Draw Strong Support

Despite big Republican wins in Wisconsin elections Tuesday, voters went against the party line in supporting referendums on whether the state should accept federal Medicaid funds. 

Nineteen counties and the city of Kenosha had the question on the ballot, and all passed it with substantial margins.

69 percent of Oneida County voters said yes, the state should accept the federal dollars, with 70 percent in Iron County and 67 percent in Lincoln also voting in favor of the measure.

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Marked increase in use
4:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

New Report: Teens Taking To E-Cigs


A new report profiles a doubling of use of unregulated e-cigarettes among teenagers.

E-cigarettes are   a battery-powered vaporizer which has the feel of tobacco smoking. They produce a mist rather than cigarette smoke.

A questionnaire given to sixth through 12 graders found an increase in use says Maria Skubal from the Oneida County Health Department...

"....survey from the National Youth Tobacco Survey shows the percentage of students who use e-cigarettes doubled from 2011 to 2012...."

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Making It Easier for Patrons
1:09 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

RAFP Celebrates New Location

The new Rhinelander Food Pantry has significantly more storage space that is easier to access.
Credit Ken Krall / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has a new home. During an open house Tuesday, WXPR'S Ken Krall  saw a facility better set up to handle the many families who rely on the pantry.

Guy Hansen is leading a tour  Tuesday afternoon.

The new facility is at the former Golden Harvest store. Hansen says the building has been remodeled to more efficiently use the space and will be easier for customers to use.

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1 in 8 women could be affected
4:41 am
Tue October 21, 2014

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Charlotte Ahrens says the disease is widespread...

"....excluding cancer of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women, accounting for 29 percent of newly-diagnosed cancers. A woman in the U.S. has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer...."

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State says not 'apples to apples'
2:44 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Health Insurance Rates Wisc. vs. Minnesota debated

President Obama's signature on the Affordable Health Care Act

A progressive-leaning group says Wisconsin's health insurance rates are much higher than Minnesota's. A state spokesperson says the group is not comparing apples to apples and the report is politically-motivated.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin says they've looked at Wisconsin's health insurance rates under the Affordable Health Care Act and found a large difference in costs between the two states. At the heart of the issue is the rejection of federal funds under Obamacare by Wisconsin to help fund health care for low income people.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week
4:40 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Report Highlights Suicide's Impact

Next  we hear from Mick Fiocchi, President of the Northern Lakes Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Fiocchi says a recent state report highlights the impact suicide has on the state.

NAMI Northern Lakes President Mick Fiocchi. Fiocchi says the report also details how suicide rates are higher where people have less access to trained mental health professionals.

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Funding Community-Based Initiatives
3:08 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Tribal Organization Nets $4M For Chronic Disease Prevention

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council has won more than four million dollars over the next five years for chronic disease prevention projects. 

The federal grant from the Center for Disease Control will fund consultations and trainings with 34 tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, plus four urban Indian Health centers.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Epidemiologist Isaiah Brokenleg says the region’s tribes carry a heavy burden of chronic disease.

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