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What We're Workng OnSubmitted: 06/29/2015
- Kids who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities can't use most playgrounds. One Wausau family wants to change that. The family plans on building a new accessible playground with state of the art equipment that every child can use. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the future site of JoJo's Jungle to learn more about the playground plans and the boy who inspired it all.

- Plus, find out how a new walking/biking trail between Rhinelander and Nicolet College could help keep drivers and bicyclists safe.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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MANITOWISH WATERS - For years people in Vilas and Iron counties fought over how to manage water levels on the Manitowish River and the Manitowish Chain of Lakes.

The Rest Lake Dam controls how much water fills several lakes, rivers, and the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.

Now, legislators in Madison might be the ones to decide where the water goes.

The current Rest Lake Dam was built in 1926.

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WISCONSIN - A court can require a person to install an ignition interlock device, or IID, into their car, after multiple OWI offenses.

A person has to blow into the IID to check their blood-alcohol level to start their car. Now, a new proposed law hopes to increase fines for people who don't install the device.

Under current law, a person found without a required IID can be fined between $150 to $600 for the first offense. But the new law wants to increase these fines to between $500 to $1,200 for the first offense, and up to $2,000 for the second.

Police in the Northwoods say people driving without an IID has been a problem in the past.

"Last year, we've had 54 registered vehicles come in to our agency as having the ignition interlock device in it, and we've actually had nine people cited for either altering it or not having it installed when they were supposed to," said Oneida County Sheriff's Office Captain Terri Hook.

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WAUSAU - Kids who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities can't use most playgrounds. One Wausau family wants to change that.

The Hoerter family has big plans for Wausau's new accessible playground. The 30,000 to 50,000 square foot play area called JoJo's Jungle will give every child the opportunity to play.

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RHINELANDER -

An expert will decide whether a 17-year-old is mentally fit to stand trial for allegedly killing her mother and stepfather. That's after the she plead not guilty by reason of mental defect Monday.




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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin Democrats say they want to eliminate nullified language in the state's constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Lawmakers held a news conference Monday to introduce the resolution after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.

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MADISON - Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he has enough votes to pass a financing plan for a $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena that relies on $250 million from state and local taxpayers.

It's unclear whether there are enough votes in the Senate.

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MADISON - The state elections board has mailed postcards to nearly 100,000 registered voters in Wisconsin who have not cast ballots in the past four years.

The state Government Accountability Board on Monday says the postcard titled "Notice of Suspension" is one of the steps it takes to ensure that inactive voters are removed from the statewide voter list.

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ST. LOUIS - A wet June got worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, creating worries that already serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.

Significant flooding was reported in parts of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

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