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Warmer weather would help
3:35 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Winter's Intensity Causing Shortage of Road Salt

Less salt
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The state Department of Transportation would like the local counties to cut back on the use of road salt as supplies are running low. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says the counties are contracted by the state to keep the roads clear. Wednesday, DOT officials said the long, hard winter has taken a toll on salt supplies. Bennett says they will be adjusting how much salt is applied on certain roads....  

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Tonight at 7:30 PM
10:50 am
Thu March 6, 2014

SXSW Live Webcast

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CLICK HERE FOR SXSW LIVE WEBCAST

WXPR.org will feature the sounds and sights of SXSW 2014. Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls, and Perfect Pussy will perform at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase.

Surf over to WXPR.org Wednesday, March 12th at 7:30 pm. to enjoy the excitement from Austin, on your favorite device, from anywhere. And you can preview the lineup anytime.

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Skill Building with Mock Trial
4:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mock Trial Team Prepares for State Competition

High school seniors Lydia O'Brien and Amber Sheth are captains of the Rhinelander Mock Trial Team.
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Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team is heading to the state competition in Madison this weekend.  The team won has won state 16 times, including last year.  

Team captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien have been with the team for the past four years.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with them to find out more about why they participate in mock trial, and how it works.     

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Signed this week
3:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bill Gives State Authority To Use Oxygen Monitoring

Adult meter
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  This week Governor Walker signed a bill enabling the state to include additional types of newborn screening methods for newborns. Pediatrician Dr. Eunice Corujo-Incha at Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander says pulse oximetry testing has been used at Ministry Health Care for about two years....  

"....pulse  oximetry

     testing is a very simple procedure. You test the oxygen level in three areas of (the newborn's) extremities before discharge...."

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Senate Education Committee Hearing
3:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on Changes to Education Standards

State lawmakers are expected to hear testimony Thursday on a bill that could spell changes for Common Core education standards. 

State Superintendent Tony Evers is appealing to parents and educators to speak out against the legislation, which would put standards in the hands of a legislative committee. 

In a video message Evers called this a Waterloo moment in Wisconsin education. 

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Record-setting year
3:07 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

So How Cold Has It Been?

Lake(s)- effect snow
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In-between chattering teeth, there's been lots of talk about just how cold the last 90 days has been....  

"....one of the coldest winters, not just for the last 10 years, but some of the coldest we've ever seen here in northern Wisconsin and most of the Upper Midwest...."

 That's WJFW-TV 12  Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz who says statistically, this winter has been a record-setter... 

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Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Sec. Chandler
2:59 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Tax Reform Roundtable In Rhinelander Friday

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
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  Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and state Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler will be in Rhinelander Friday to talk about tax reform. KIeefisch says the roundtable is designed to get input on state taxes...  

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Fund joint position
1:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

LDF-Vilas Co. Collaboration

Vilas Co. Board Chair Steve Favorite(far left), District Attorney Al Moustakis and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chair Tom Maulson hold a $25,000 check to fund an administrative position with Vilas county District Attorney's office
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A growing backlog of cases in the Vilas County District Attorney's office has led the Lac du Flambeau tribe to offer $25,000 to help fund a part-time Administrative Secretary position.

The tribe presented the money this week to Vilas county officials. The money is matched by Vilas county contribution over three years.

Many of the cases in waiting are from Lac du Flambeau.

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Youth Art Month
5:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Land O' Lakes Art Show Spotlights Youth Work

Youth Art Month coordinators hope showcasing young people's art will let them know that creativity matters.
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March is national Youth Art Month.  Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, or LOLA, is putting the spotlight on young artists’ work with a gallery exhibit. 

The show features almost ninety works from local elementary and homeschooled students. 

LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz says she’s busy framing the art pieces…which are loosely inspired by the four seasons. 

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Features "Airplane" cast
4:41 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Tourism Ad Aimed At Other State's Travelers

Minocqua's downtown.
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Though a new Department of Tourism ad doesn't feature much of northern Wisconsin, a Northwoods tourism leader says it will do good things for this region and the state.

The ad revealed this week, shows a remake of the former "Airplane" movie scene with Robert Hays and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in a cockpit touring the state by air.

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