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New report agrees
11:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

State Economist Sees Continued Growth in 2014

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A state economist thinks the  Northwoods economy will continue to improve. Ken Krall spoke with Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek about the  forecast for the next few months.

A report last Friday by BMO Economics held much the same forecast as Hodek. According to the report published by BizTimes.com,  real gross domestic product  in Wisconsin will increase 2.3 percent in 2014 and rise 2.6 percent in 2015. This is up more than a full percentage point from the 1.2 percent growth rate in 2013, bolstered by firming factory activity and modest export growth.

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Business & Industry
9:48 am
Mon April 28, 2014

DNR, Timber Industry React Against Bat Protections

Biologists fear the loss of the northern long-eared bat due to the spread of the white nose syndrome.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Forest products industry leaders are voicing concern about a federal plan that could designate a bat species as endangered.  The listing could restrict summer logging. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an endangered species listing for the northern long-eared bat, due to dramatic population declines and the spread of a deadly disease called white nose syndrome.  But protecting the species could cost the forest products industry.  

Federal guidelines to protect the bat discourage some types of summer logging. 

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Democrats say budgets left with deficits
11:18 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Official Says Tax Cuts Will Make A Difference For Majority

Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler in Rhinelander
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The top state revenue official thinks average-income Wisconsin residents will appreciate lower taxes on property and income.

State Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says property tax reforms passed by the legislature will show up this year for residents...

"....property taxes on a medium-valued home in Wisconsin have been flat for the last three years and they'll go down when they get their property tax bills in December of 2014. That contrasts with a 27 percent increase in the decade before Governor Walker took office....."

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For Professionals and Community Members
4:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Mental Health Summit to Focus on Compassionate Treatment, Recovery

A conference next month aims to share treatment and recovery stories for mental illness and addiction. 

The Frank B. Koller Mental Health Summit is targeted at professionals and community members want to learn more about caring for people with mental health issues. 

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Char Ahrens says because of the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction, people facing these issues may be connected with the resources they need.

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Manufacturing Innovation
12:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Forum: Fab Lab Will Come to Three Lakes

Fab Lab in Amsterdam.
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An effort that will train high schoolers and entrepreneurs is coming to Three Lakes schools this year. 

The Fab Lab concept has been growing across the nation as a way to train people to manufacture goods in their own home, or to work for employers in a new type of manufacturing environment.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall discussed the Fab Lab, the new school curriculum at Three Lakes, and how this idea, brought about by upgraded high speed internet, could make the Northwoods into an new era enterprise zone.

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Speaking Friday in Rhinelander
1:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Sec. Chandler: Tax Reform Will Spur Manufacturing, Agriculture

Revenue Sec. Richard Chandler
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Wisconsin's Revenue Secretary thinks the newly-signed tax changes will spur the state's economy.

Richard Chandler was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation at Holiday Acres.(April 25)

Chandler says from the Walker Administration perspective, economic growth is tied to the tax climate...

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Prescription drug take back
1:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

LDF Take Back Initiative Saturday

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Many Northwoods law enforcement agencies are participating in Saturday's "Take Back " initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The effort enables residents to bring unneeded prescription medications to a collection spot where the drugs are collected at no charge and then are disposed.

In Lac du Flambeau, the collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Flambeau Judicial Center on Peace Pipe Road.

Program Coordinator Sue Wolfe says there are a few things to remember when you bring in the drugs for disposal...

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March DWD figures
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Area Unemployment Remains High

Northwoods jobless numbers remain high, but are lower than one year ago.

The state released unemployment numbers for cities and counties this week.

Iron county has the state's highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent...Vilas is fifth-highest at 12.1 percent. Forest county is 8th highest of 72 counties at 10.9 percent, Oneida is ninth at 10.1 percent. Langlade county is at 9.2 percent, while Lincoln county is at 8.8 percent. The area's lowest rate is Price county with a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

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One arrest Thursday
3:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Two More Indictments For LDF Drug Distribution

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A federal grand jury in Madison has handed down a nine-count indictment against a Lac du Flambeau couple for drug distribution.

 

28 year old Charlie Sunn Mishigaud and 25 year old Andrew Mishiguad were named in the indictments. Count one charges them with conspiracy to to distribute Oxycodone from January to June 2013. Count two charges Charlie Sunn Meshigaud with unlawfully distributing Oxycodone on May 21, 2013. Counts Three through Nine charge both defendants with unlawfully using wire communications to further the distribution.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
3:30 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Young People Learn Much From Hunt

The Youth Spring Turkey Hunt took place earlier this month.
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Turkeys are the focus of the on-going series "Wildlife Matters" with Jeremy Holtz. Today he thinks there are many things to be learned during the hunt.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. His series, "Wildlife Matters" is heard most weeks on WXPR.

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