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Predators and Prey
10:23 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Wildlife Matters: Wolves, Deer, and a Balanced Ecosystem

Wolves often target the sick or weak individuals in a deer population.
Credit Derek Bakken

In his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters", DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz says sometimes good intentions don't always end up with the best results.

Next time, Jeremy will be talking about turkeys surviving our long, cold winter.

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Fewer Officers, Higher Spending
4:49 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Spends More on Local Policing

Per capita in Wisconsin, municipal spending on policing is increasing.
Credit Edward Kimmel

Wisconsin municipalities spend more than the national average on policing, a new report finds.  The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds communities spent an average of $288 dollars per person in 2011 – the 12th highest rate in the nation. 

Stephanie Rubin, policy research analyst for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, says that spending went up more than 18 percent between 2007 and 2011. 

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High Speed Access for More Areas
4:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Oneida County Committee Optimistic About Broadband Funding

The Oneida County Technology Committee is seeking funding from federal and state sources…to help fuel broadband development. 

Chair Don Sidlowski says the committee is filing preliminary paperwork Friday for a grant program through the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. 

“It turns out that all of Oneida County, with the exception of Rhinelander, qualifies and so there’s a lot of places we can look in Oneida County for the federal dollars.”

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AARP
3:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Still Time For Seniors To Get Free Tax Help

Credit AARP

The American Association of Retired Persons is again helping seniors with tax preparations. Nancy Brissee from Rhinelander coordinates A.A.R.P. Tax Aide Program at  the Oneida Senior Center in Rhinelander...  

"....we're a  TCE program, tax counseling for the elderly. It's main target is people over age 60 with low to moderate incomes. We prepare tax returns free of charge for those clients...."

 Brissee says clients should bring a few items with them when they come in for an appointment...  

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Asking for back pay to 2007
3:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rhinelander School Administrator Sues School Distict

 The Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent has sued the school district saying he was not compensated properly following a 2007 settlement agreement. The lawsuit was filed last Thursday in Oneida County Circuit Court.  David Wall is saying the district did not abide by the terms of the agreement by not giving him annual wage and benefits increases of 3.8 percent. The 2007 agreement with administrative members included performance increases, though the floor was set at 3.8 percent. Wall was given a new, three year contract in 2012.

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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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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.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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
Credit OxyWatch

  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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