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$420 million to private school students
4:10 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Wausau Democrat Criticizes GOP Voucher Plan

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A Wausau Democrat was quick to jump on a report last week that said public school students will not get preference over private students already in private schools in the expansion of the voucher system. It also said a large majority of the new applicants for taxpayer-funded voucher assistance are already enrolled in private schools.


Representative Mandy Wright says some $420 million tax dollars will be going to private voucher schools at a time when rural public districts are in tough fiscal shape...

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Federal subsidies recommended to be cut
4:05 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Alarm Sounded For Future Of Some Rural Hospitals

Aerial view Sacred Heart Hospital Tomahawk
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The Wisconsin Hospital Association put out the alarm bells Friday after a report from Washington D.C. indicated a subsidy for some small rural hospitals should be discontinued.


The federal Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General recommended removing a Medicare payment status known as "Critical Access Hospital" for hospitals that do not meet certain distance requirements.


Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton says Antigo, Merrill, Tomahawk, and Eagle River hospitals have this special status.

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Vote coming this fall
4:01 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Social Security, Medicare Cuts Focus Of Meeting

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A group advocating for the preservation of Social Security and Medicare is hosting a meeting next week in Rhinelander to explain some of the proposed cuts to the programs.


Billy Feitlinger from the Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Persons says Congress is looking at budget cutting this fall with both programs on the table...


 

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Motorcycle crash
5:24 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Fatal Crash At Three Lakes

A motorcycle driver was killed Friday afternoon on Military Road in Three Lakes.


Chief Scott Lea reports the crash happened about 2:30 near Hay Meadow Road. The unidentified 52 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.


The intitial investigation found the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve.


The victim's name will be released when relatives are notified.


The crash remains under investigation by Three Lakes Police and the Oneida County Coroner's office.

Other incidents connected
12:19 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Teenagers Arrested For Hazelhurst Burglaries

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Two teenagers have been taken into custody for a series of recent burglaries in the Lakeland area.


Lieutenant Dan Hess from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a tip led to the arrests....


 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Mine Opponents Dominate DNR Hearing

Hundreds showed up at the DNR's public hearing on Gogebic Taconite's preapplication and bulk sampling plan.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing on the Penokee Mine project Thursday.  Hundreds of people showed up in Hurley.

People came from far and wide to voice strong opinions on the proposal.  There were even a few speakers from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and an Ashland, WI contingent actually biked the 40 miles to the hearing.  Cyclist Michael McKenna says they wanted to their voices to be heard:

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Up to 20,000 attend
2:01 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Officials Say Vilas County Fair A Success

Fun at the fair
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Good weather brought out tens of thousands of visitors to the Vilas County Fair which ended Sunday in Eagle River.


Fair Assistant Secretary Debra Eicher says the turnout was heavy...


 



"...it was very successful. We had so many new events. We had great attendance, somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand(visitors) as best as we could tell because we have free admission..."


She says the public came forward with exhibits...


 

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Crops Threatened
1:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Late Blight Arrives in Northern Wisconsin

Late blight can affect leaves or other parts of potato and tomato plants.
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A destructive plant fungus has been found in Langlade and Portage Counties, and could spread to other parts of Northern Wisconsin.  

Late blight affects tomato and potato plants. Steph Plaster is an Agriculture Agent for UW Extension Langlade County.  Plaster says check often for signs of late blight on almost any part of the plant.

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$500,000 in question
11:23 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To 17 Embezzlement, Tax Fraud Charges

Oneida county courthouse
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A woman charged with 17 felonies relating to her time working at Aqualand Manufacturing has entered not guilty pleas to all charges.


46 year old Lisa Saykally is charged with allegedly using company funds to pay off personal accounts when she was employed at the Woodruff firm from 1995 to 2011. She is the daughter of Aqualand's owners. Court documents indicate the amount of money involved is alleged to be more than $500,000 dollars. Most of the charges are felonies, including state tax fraud.

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Sheriff's investigation leads to charges
9:40 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Elcho Clerk-Treasurer Faces 43 Charges

The town of Elcho's clerk-treasurer has been charged with 43 counts of misconduct in public office and forgery in Langlade county.


Online court records indicate 43 year old Melissa Bloechl of Elcho is facing one theft charge in excess of $10,000, two counts of forgery and forty counts of misconduct in public office. The complaint was filed Wednesday.

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