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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/21/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The nice weather we've been having will get some people in the mood for a bonfire or a BBQ, but the fire danger is still very high for much of the Northwoods. We talk to a local paramedic and a meat market employee about the dangers and how to stay safe while grilling.

Black bear sightings become more common in the area this time of year. We'll give you tips on how to keep those hungry bears out of your neighborhood.

And we'll show you how the city of Rhinelander is letting residents "Walk with the Mayor."

We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.





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 LOCAL NEWS

MOSINEE - One-hundred veterans wearing bright yellow shirts filled the terminal at Central Wisconsin Airport on Monday morning.

The 32nd Never Forgotten Honor Flight took off for Washington, D.C. around 6:30 a.m.  Veterans from Park Falls, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids and many places in between will go to see their memorials during the day-long trip.

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CITY OF PORTAGE - At 9:53 AM Sunday The Portage Police Department received a call about a structure fire at the Historic Apartments on 207W. Cook St in the City of Portage. Officers found the hallways and staircase filled with heavy smoke. Officers started evacuating residents when they were told a young child was possibly trapped in an apartment on the fifth floor. 

Due to fire and smoke firefighters could not reach the child. Later firefighters were able to access the fifth floor and remove the child. The child was transported to Divine Savior Healthcare where the child passed away. 

Multiple residents at the Historic Apartments are currently displaced and receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. 

The fatal fire is currently under investigation by the Portage Police Department and the Portage Fire Department. 

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WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County Dispatch Center received a 911 call about a body found in the Wisconsin River Sunday. The body was found north of the Centralia Dam. Officers determined it was a Caucasian male. At this time the identity of the male is unknown and the cause of death is under investigation. 

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RHINELANDER - Spring clean ups get rid of the mess winter left behind.The Drs. Foster and Smith Dog Park in Rhinelander was no exception Sunday.About 20 volunteers helped with the 2nd annual dog park cleanup Sunday.

Park founder Tina Werres said people helped rake, blow and pile leaves and pines to clear the park for the dogs. 
 
"We like the base to be clean and nice and ready for the whole summer it makes it easier for the people to walk," said Werres. 

Werres says it's her responsibility to maintain the inside of the park.Some volunteers said since opening last year, the park has done so much for their community and they wanted to pay it forward. 

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 REGIONAL NEWS

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A man robbed a store in Wisconsin Rapids at gunpoint Sunday night.

The police were called around 9:00 p.m. to Jimmy Johns on 8th street.

A man came in, showed his gun, and demanded money. The employee handed over the cash.

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SANTA FE, TX - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 10 people are dead and 10 more wounded after a shooting at a high school in the town of Santa Fe.

Abbott called Friday's shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

He says explosive devices including a Molotov cocktail had been found in the suspected shooter's home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

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MADISON - A shortage of correctional officers to work in Wisconsin's prisons cost taxpayers more than $42 million in overtime last year.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says there are currently 920 unfilled corrections jobs, or a vacancy rate of about 12½ percent.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to a record-low 2.8 percent, more good economic news for Gov. Scott Walker as he runs for re-election.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figure Thursday for the month of April. It had been at 2.9 percent for the previous two months, which tied the record low set in 1999.

Walker heralded the latest record-low, saying "we're not done yet."

Democrats have said Wisconsin's unemployment rate is riding the wave of the national economy and they've pointed to other measurements showing that the state is underperforming its neighbors and lagging the national average in job creation.

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