Three Vehicle Accident
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Fatal Traffic Crash Kills One, Injures 14 in Arbor Vitae

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae has left one person dead and fourteen injured. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office got the 911 call just after 10 am Thursday. 

A 64-year-old Minocqua woman driving north was struck by another vehicle in the same lane, driven by a 47-year-old woman from Woodruff.

The 64-year-old woman was fatally injured when her vehicle went into the opposite lane, striking a small tour bus from Beloit carrying 14 people between the ages of 40 and 85. 

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:22 pm

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by The New York Times. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution.

Men In America
4:52 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:22 pm

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Men In America
4:52 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers

Issued in the midst of the Korean War, this cover makes clear that that even though styles may change, some topics have stayed constant: fashion, sports and scantily clad women.
Courtesy of Esquire

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:50 pm

This summer, All Things Considered has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.

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Goats and Soda
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

For 15 years, Amran Mahamood made a living circumcising young girls in Hargeysa, Somalia. Four years ago, she gave it up after a religious leader convinced her that Islamic law did not require it.
Nichole Sobecki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:00 pm

Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.

The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.

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Record crop in 2013
4:38 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Large Cranberry Production Puts Pressure On Prices

A record crop
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Wisconsin cranberry producers set another record in 2013 but an industry spokesperson says that many cranberries in the market puts financial pressure on growers.

Wisconsin growers produced more than 6 million barrels of cranberries last year to once again lead the nation. Tom Lochner from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says the record production last year reflects producers investments...

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The Salt
4:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Food companies spend a lot of time and resources coming up with the perfect plastic packaging to keep their products fresh.
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Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:39 pm

Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.

While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.

And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.

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Wildlife Matters
4:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Elk Herd Size Could Eventually Lead To A Hunt

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In the next installment of  "Wildlife Matters",  DNR  Biologist Jeremy Holtz discusses a wildlife success story: the reintroduction of  native elk to the state. But Holtz says this effort was not without struggles...
 

Jeremy Holtz's commentary "Wildlife Matters". The commentary is also on WXPR.org

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Shots - Health News
3:55 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

When weighing the risk of heart disease, how the numbers are presented to patients can make all the difference.
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Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too.

Just ask Karen Sepucha. She runs the Health Decisions Sciences Center at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. A few years ago she surveyed primary care physicians, and asked how confident they were in their ability to talk about numbers and probabilities with patients.

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Sec. Stepp to attend ribbon cutting
3:46 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Ceremony Saturday To Open Vilas Co. Bike Trail

Northwoods bike trail
Credit Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for a new stretch of Northwoods bike trail.

The Manitowish Waters Bike Trail ceremony takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the wayside at the intersection of Vilas county roads "H" and "K".

The ribbon cutting concludes the completion of an 8-mile stretch of the approximately 45-mile-long trail connecting Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction.

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says the new trail segment has some unique features....

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