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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Higher Proportions of Population Affected
5:16 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Badgercare Limitations Impact Rural Counties

Wisconsin’s decision not to expand Badgercare is having a bigger impact on rural counties than metropolitan ones. That’s the message from the progressive group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Using data obtained from the state through an open records request, the group reports that rural counties have higher percentages of their populations that lost Badgercare in April…when the state lowered income limits. 

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Help available locally
3:22 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Highlights Homicides And Domestic Violence


An advocate working  with  victims says call for help if you feel threatened in a domestic situation.

The group End Domestic Violence Wisconsin said there were 55 deaths related to domestic violence last year. Braden Bayne-Allison from  Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault headquartered in Rhinelander says 16 of those deaths were from murder-suicides, with the rest  from domestic violence...

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Heading to a More Functional Space
5:13 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Food Pantry Sets Date for Move

The Rhinelander Food Pantry has set its first distribution date at its new facility for Saturday, October 4th.

The organization is moving to a larger space on Coon Street that it says will be much more functional. 

As Food Pantry Director Guy Hansen explains, it’s been a busy few weeks, with major construction projects getting completed at the new site.  Contractors and dozens of volunteers have put on a new roof and installed a large dividing wall. 

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Accident Saturday Night
10:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Rhinelander Man Dies in UTV Fatality

A UTV accident in the town of Little Rice has left a Rhinelander man dead. 

52-year-old Richard T. Johnson was killed when his UTV apparently left the roadway when going around a curve on Gobbler Lake Road, northwest of Tomahawk. 

According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on Saturday night at about 10:40 pm.

A woman passenger was also injured and was transported to a Wausau hospital. 

Her name has not been released.

Coping with Addiction
3:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

LDF To Build Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Lac du Flambeau held a ceremony and ground breaking for its new residential treatment facility.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau broke ground on a new treatment center for substance abuse and mental illness today.  The tribe will be the first in Wisconsin to build this kind of facility. 

Community members, state officials and tribal leaders braved the day’s chill for a ground breaking ceremony on the shores of Lake Pokegama. 

“We’re celebrating the ground-breaking of a new treatment center, with the expectations that it will be build sometime between now and spring.  This will allow 20 beds, with potential expansion of 20 additional beds at some point in time.” 

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Fine particles
3:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

All 72 Counties Meet Stringent New EPA standards


Travelers often remark when coming to the Northwoods about how clean our air is here. A recent federal report finds all Wisconsin counties should be designated as meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The EPA reviewed  data from all 50 states on fine particles. Wisconsin met or exceeded EPA standards from border to border.

Wisconsin DNR Air Management Specialist Anne Bogar says  the numbers show the state's air is cleaner...

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Affects youth
3:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Strong Virus Believed To Be In Wisconsin


Wisconsin could soon have its first confirmed cases of a respiratory-and-stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children throughout the nation. Nine suspected cases of the Enterovirus have been found in Madison.  Samples have been sent to the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Test results are expected later this month.

In the Northwoods, Oneida County Community Health Specialist Marta Koelling says there are more than 100 different enteroviruses resulting in 10-15 million cases of enterovirus in the U.S. each year....

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