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A Rhinelander man has died after a motorcycle-truck accident Thursday afternoon east of the city.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 26-year-old Charles S. Eye died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Eye was taken by helicopter to an area hospital after the crash in the town of Pelican.

The Sheriff's office reports they were called shortly after 3:30 p.m. about a crash on county highway "P".

Eye was initially taken to Ascension-St. Mary's Hospital then flown to another hospital.

Dept. of Homeland Security

Most of us travel with our phones and laptops, but an increasing number of individuals returning to the United States are finding that border patrol agents want access to those devices, without a search warrant.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

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Establishing security at the Vilas County courthouse will cost an estimated $150,000 the first year and will include contracting with a private security firm for public entry weapons screening as well as video surveillance of the courthouse campus, both designed to keep the public safe while visiting and staff safe while working.

Swearingen Likes State Budget; Senate Passes Budget

Sep 15, 2017
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A Northwoods Republican says overall he's pleased with the Assembly-passed $76 billion state budget bill, saying it has good news for the north.

Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says he thinks the Northwoods got some money for key areas...

"one of the things I'm most happy about is the amount of money we're putting back into education, over $600 million dollars. High cost transportation aid is in that budget. I'm also excited there's additional money for FAB LABS as well as additional $14 million for broadband in this budget...."

Fighting Bobfest This Weekend In Three Locations

Sep 15, 2017
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MILWAUKEE - Now in its 16th year, the annual Fighting Bob Fest will hold events in three locations. There will be a kickoff event tonight in Madison, and then half-day gatherings in Milwaukee and La Crosse. Traditionally, the Fest - which has been called America's largest gathering of grassroots progressives - had been held in Baraboo.

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Human Trafficking Bureau agents, with the aid of local and federal law enforcement, have arrested 25 individuals in stings to arrest sex traffickers, “johns,” and child abusers in July and August 2017.

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The state's Superintendent of Public Instruction has joined a growing list of Democrats who are running for Governor.

Tony Evers stopped by the WXPR studios this week and talked with News Director Ken Krall...

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This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, a week set aside to bring awareness about suicide and to help those facing a crisis. Suicide affects one in five American families.

Carrie Breitenfeldt of Antigo is a Wisconsin Chapter Board member for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. She also chairs an event held September 9 in Antigo called the "Out of Darkness" community walk.

Breitenfeldt says there are warning signs that a person might be thinking about taking their life..

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Thousands of motorcycles are arriving in Tomahawk and the Northwoods this weekend, as the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Fall Ride is underway.

Bri Lodel is the Executive Director for the Green Bay MDA office. The event is held in Tomahawk which has a Harley-Davidson production facility and the Milwaukee-based motorcycle firm has been a long-time MDA supporter. Lodel says the Fall Ride is the single largest fundraisers for MDA in the Northwoods. She says the money services Northwoods families that are battling a neuromuscular disease.

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Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch has put out an invitation for Northwoods businesses to attend the one-day Governor's Small Business Summit later this month in Rothschild.

Kleefisch says the day will show small business owners how to get resources like social media to help them including legal help.

The state cabinet members will be there along with Governor Scott Walker...

Whip-poor-wills

Sep 14, 2017

Have you heard the distinctive call of the whip-poor-will? The Masked Biologist takes a closer look at this interesting member of the nightjar family in this episode of Wildlife Matters.

Martinson Jail Sentence Appeal Denied

Sep 14, 2017
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The challenge to a sentence for the double murder conviction of Ashlee Martinson has been denied in Oneida County court.

The 19-year-old Martinson was given a 23-year prison sentence for killing Jennifer and Thomas Ayers, her mother and stepfather, at their family home in rural Oneida County two years ago.

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