Wednesday, March 29 Evening Newscast

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Wisconsin DNR

So far, so good after the first full hunting seasons in the Northwoods after the DNR discovered Chronic Wasting Disease at a deer farm in Three Lakes in 2015.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz gives results after the testing....

"....the good news is of all the samples we've analyzed for the last deer season, we've had zero positive tests in the wild. Every single test we've submitted has been negative for the 2016 deer season...."


The second year of downtown Rhinelander's street work begins in a few weeks and is scheduled to be wrapped up by mid-summer. City Director of Public Works Tim Kingman gives us an update on this year's plans...

The Streetscape  website is here.

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Even though Congress failed to act on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an advocate says a threat remains for key programs that are popular in Wisconsin.

Monday, the public is invited to Rhinelander to hear two speakers talk about the funding threats to Medicaid that they say will impact people with disabilities, their families and the local economy.

Lynn Breedlove is co-chair of Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition.

He says the Trump budget includes cuts for Medicaid programs...

UW Health Psychologist: Many Suffering from Political Stress

21 hours ago

The United States is experiencing a wide political divide and Wisconsin is one of the most politically divided states in the nation.

On the national scene, the long presidential campaign, so-called alternative facts and constant political wrangling now are part of the daily news.

New Positions Authorized By Vilas County Board

Mar 29, 2017

The Vilas County Board of Supervisors breezed through nine resolution March 28 that added one full time employee in the social services department, re-authorized a full time employee in the district attorney's office, approved land sales obtained through tax delinquency,and heard a presentation on the county health insurance program for employees.

Oneida County authorities are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery.

The Sheriff's Department reports getting a 9-1-1 call Monday morning of an armed home invasion to a residence in the Town of Pelican. The caller said in the early morning hours, a white male wearing all-black clothing broke into the unidentified residence. While in the residence, the man armed himself. The man was described as being tall and muscular. Officials say it appears that specific residence was targeted.

YMCA of the Northwoods

The YMCA of the Northwoods is looking for a new leader.

CEO Laurie Schlitt will leave April 30 to take a similar job with the Mukwonago YMCA.

Schlitt served as interim CEO twice since 2011 before being named full-time CEO in March 2015.

Rep. Felzkowski Authors Bill To Lessen Concealed Carry Rules

Mar 28, 2017
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A new bill would end the requirement that people get state permits before they can carry concealed weapons. Republican Representative Mary Felzkowski of Irma and Republican State Senator Dave Craig of Big Bend are asking colleagues to sign onto the measure, which would also keep the permit system for those who want to carry hidden weapons in other states where it's allowed..

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A $2 million dollar endowment has been set up to preserve bike trails in the Manitowish Waters area.

Liz and Dick Uihlein notified town chair John Hanson they've established the endowment trust fund that will provide maintenance funds form bike trails in Manitowish Waters.

Hanson details the gift...

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High school students considering a health occupation will be about as close as you can get Wednesday morning to watching heart surgery without physically being in the room.

An estimated 180 students from five area high schools will view a live open heart surgery broadcast to the Nicolet College Theater. The surgery is part of the Live From the Heart program run by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet College, Lenore Blemke says the program is broadcast live as an open heart surgery is taking place....

Board Approves LUHS Synthetic Turf Donation

Mar 28, 2017
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The Lakeland Union High School board of education accepted a $720,000 donation from an area couple and a charitable banking foundation Monday, laying the groundwork for synthetic turf replacing grass at the T-Bird stadium field.

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Tomahawk School District voters April 4 will decide a school referendum question.

District Administrator Terry Reynolds outlines the question...

"....what we're asking for a non-recurring referendum. We're asking $3 million each year for the next four years, sunsetting in 20121...."

Reynolds says the money, if approved, would be used to continue operations in the school district. He says Tomahawk schools have not gone to operation referendum before....

Study Links Ethanol Production to Habitat Destruction

Mar 28, 2017

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants pumping out more than 500 million gallons of ethanol each year. But a new study shows a strong tie between ethanol production and the destruction of wildlife habitat.

High school students are encouraged to check out the DNR's inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for next year.

DNR trout coordinator Joanna Griffin says this is the second year where high school students were asked to submit artwork to be considered for the stamp.

Artwork for the contest must be received or postmarked by July 3. . Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or the equivalent, attending public, homeschool, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin during this year are eligible.