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Rhinelander Info Session
2:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Questions About Obamacare? State Officials May Have Answers Tuesday

Health insurance questions abound as the state's health exchange prepares to launch.
Credit Daniel Oines

With the state health exchange opening in less than a month, state officials are working to demystify changes to the health care system. 

The state Insurance Commissioner’s office is holding an info session in Rhinelander Tuesday to answer questions consumers may have. 

Topics won’t be limited to the health exchange; discussion will include all parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

The Rhinelander session will be at the county sheriff’s department training center from 10:30 to noon.

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Recent labor actions
4:03 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Spokesperson: Labor Day Has New Meaning

Pullman strike image
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Labor Day for many is a day off from work or school. But for people active in today's labor movement, it's a day to pause and reflect.

Dean Einerson of Rhinelander is a member of the Northwoods Labor Solidarity Group. He attended a rally in Wausau last week as fast food workers rallied for higher pay. He says the continuity of worker needs from the 19th century to today is similar...

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Fall also looking strong
4:02 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Summer Tourism Rebounds After Slow Start

The Northwoods
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The season started slow, but has really come on. That's the assessment of an area tourism spokesperson.

Kim Baltus leads the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce and is also president of the Oneida County Tourism Council.

She says the early warm season activities were frozen out...literally...by an unusually long winter and cold spring. Once the ice left the lakes, things changed... 

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40,000 visitors expected this weekend
2:48 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Brush Run Brings Millions Of Dollars To Northwoods

Racing at Crandon
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40,000 visitors are expected this weekend in Crandon as the World Championship Off-Road Races are held.


Off-Road racing's top drivers come for a winner take all $40,000 championship on Sunday. But for Forest county, this is a big economic boost.


Forest County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melinda Otto says they had a large turnout Friday for the annual parade downtown. But she says all the visitors spend a lot of money...


 

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Asks Seniors To Contact Congress
11:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Senior Advocate Says Social Security Not Part of Deficit

Billy Feitlinger in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

  An advocate for retired persons says some have lead the public to believe that Social Security is part of the federal budget deficit. He says that simply isn't true.


Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Americans Executive Director Billy Feitlinger spoke at the Rhinelander District Library.


In the upcoming debate in Congress this fall, a proposal is to cut the amount of potential increases called the "Chained CPI".


He outlined the descent the economy has taken since 2000, including the Great Recession....

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Decision Made By Attorney General
8:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

WPS Fined $80K For Emissions Violation

The Attorney General's office has reached a judgment against Wisconsin Public Service because of violations of it's air pollution control permit.  The northeastern Wisconsin utility is being fined $80,000.

The civil complaint was filed in Marathon County Circuit Court.  DNR Air Management spokesperson Jeff Johnson talks about what happened this week.

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Cheer on the WXPR Team
5:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Couch Potato Race in Rhinelander August 31

Sneak peak of the WXPR radio flyer.
Credit Peg Arnold

Teams of couch potato enthusiasts will race through downtown Rhinelander in the YMCA of the Northwoods' inaugural Couch Potato Race. The event will be held in conjunction with Rhinelander's PotatoFest celebration August 31. Laurie Schlitt, the Y's Interim CEO said there are 10 teams entered. WXPR is one of them.

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Workers Looking to Make a Living
4:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

National Fair Wage Rally Hits Wausau

No protest activity took place at the Rhinelander McDonald's.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Fast-food workers in at least 50 cities rallied Thursday to get higher wages and have the right to organize.


Wausau organizer Melissa Alice Engles-Lewis says minimum wage workers don't have the means to support families on their wages. 



"They're having a hard time paying their bills. They're having a hard time putting groceries on the table. Nobody wants to be on any public assistance, of course, But when you work these jobs you almost have to be(on assistance) because you have no other options..."

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Quarantine on Non-Local Wood
4:24 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

To Slow Ash Borer's Spread, Buy Local Firewood

The emerald ash borer was most recently found in Superior.
Credit USDA

Federal and state officials are reminding campers this holiday weekend to buy firewood close to your campsite.

With the most recent discovery in Superior of the ash-tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer, the insect has moved into the north. To slow the spread of the borer, officials have put a quarantine on firewood from areas away from the campsites.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Megan Healy explains...

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Factual Dispute
4:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

250,000: A Magic Number For Jobs?

Some are questioning whether Governor Scott Walker is backpedaling on his jobs promise.
Credit Blind Nomad / http://www.flickr.com/photos/68512679@N03/6827802602/sizes/m/in/photostream/

One side stands by the story, the other says it wasn't accurate.  Did Governor Walker say the state won't actually create 250,000 jobs?  Ken Krall has the details.  

Earlier this week, WJFW TV in Rhinelander talked to Governor Scott Walker in Merrill.

The WJFW story said Walker had backed off the promise, telling the station he said they state was more than 133,000 down because of the recession and 250,000 wasn't a "magic number" but rather about jobs affecting people.

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