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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/20/2014
- Nicolet College wants feedback from the community about choosing a new president. Nicolet College Board of Trustees will listen to people's input tonight at 6 p.m. in the University Transfer Center Fireside Room on the Nicolet Campus. The previous president, Elizabeth Burmaster, left in June to serve as president of Frederick Community College in Frederick, Md. Kenneth Urban, the college's vice president Teaching, Learning, and Student Success, is serving as interim president. We'll have more coverage tonight on Newswatch 12.

- Plus, we'll show you what it looked and sounded like when Marinette Marine and the U.S. Navy launched a Littoral Combat Ship in northern Wisconsin this weekend.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS
Littoral Combat Ship splashes into northern Wisconsin river; industry buoys Navy, local economySubmitted: 10/20/2014

MARINETTE - "She's almost 400 feet long," U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Saturday. "About 3,500 tons."

He rattled off the specs for Littoral Combat Ship 7 with pride while standing near it in the shipyard at Marinette Marine Corporation.

"It can get up to 40 knots, more or less," he said.

That's about 46 miles per hour.

"It's pretty fast. You could waterski behind it," Mabus laughed.

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Rhinelander Winter Farmers Market to Open SaturdaySubmitted: 10/20/2014

RHINELANDER - One local group wants to make sure you can get fresh local produce even during the winter.

The Lean Coalition is partnering with the YMCA of the Northwoods for a new indoor winter farmers market. The Hodag Farmers market closed on Saturday.

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Woodruff man charged with driving drunk, stealing and damaging property at Minocqua's WalmartSubmitted: 10/20/2014

RHINELANDER - A Woodruff man faces multiple charges for allegedly driving drunk, stealing and damaging property.

The criminal complaint says police got a call last Monday.

Timothy Brewster was allegedly knocking stuff off shelves at Minocqua's Walmart.

Security video from Walmart shows Brewster driving his car into a cart corral.

The video also shows him stumbling and knocking items from the shelf on the floor.

Brewster fought with officers when they tried to arrest him.

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Northwoods school hosts anti-bullying programsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

MINOCQUA - Schools across the country struggle with bullying.

Northwoods schools like MHLT hope students learned from a traveling theatre group today.

All of their students attended a short play by the group, CLIMB Theatre.

Bullying has been a problem for the school.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Police: Indiana suspect in 7 slayings hints at more killingsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

HAMMOND, IN - Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified as Darren Vann, is being cooperative with investigators. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009 and now lives in Gary.

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More than 4 million cars recalled due to airbag problemsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

- More than 4 million cars need to get their airbags repaired. The government announced the recall today.

Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the airbags. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, GM and Ford are just some of the manufacturers with recalled airbags.

Takata makes the airbags. They can have metal fragments fly out when the airbags inflate.

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9 arrested in child sex trafficking stingSubmitted: 10/20/2014

EAU CLAIRE - Authorities say nine people have been arrested in a child sex trafficking sting in the Eau Claire area.

Police released more details about the sting at a Monday morning press conference. The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1t4JNc8 ) reports nine men, ranging in age from 20 to 60, were arrested on preliminary charges of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted child enticement and attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child.

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Another wolf hunting zone will closeSubmitted: 10/20/2014

MADISON - You can still hunt for wolves in Wisconsin, but in fewer places.

Zone 5 will be shut down as of 6:30 Monday evening. That's in the west-central part of the state.

Two other wolf hunting zones in Northern Wisconsin closed for the season Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resources closed Zones 1 and 4.

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