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Wisconsin mom accused of damaging son's earsSubmitted: 11/20/2014
MILWAUKEE - A 26-year-old Fond du Lac woman is charged with felony child abuse after she was caught on video jamming cotton swabs into her son's ears, causing them to bleed.

According to the complaint, Jenna Schumacher took her 15-month-old son to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of chronic ear bleeding and perforated eardrums.

The complaint says doctors found no medical reason for the ear injuries, but discovered a piece of a cotton swab in the boy's ear.

On Friday, Schumacher again took her child to Children's Hospital and denied putting anything in his ears. But the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/11v1uXx ) reports hospital video footage showed Schumacher shoving cotton swabs and her fingers into her son's ears.

Cash bond for Schumacher is set at $10,000. She's due back in court Dec. 1.

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The Retail Shed looks to play a piece in improved economy in LaonaSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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LAONA - A drive through Laona might convince you that the community is struggling economically. That's true for many small Northwoods towns. But one locally-owned, independent store is trying to move things in a better direction.

Within the last few months, both the grocery store and the hardware store in Laona closed.

Now, the hardware store is back open, with new owners and a new name. It's called The Retail Shed.

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High school students play role in hair product education videoSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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MERRILL - You might not think of Merrill when it comes to hair products, but a salon in the town sells more of a brand than any competing salon in the U.S., according to Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon Vice President/Co-Owner Thomas Christensen.

Stylists at Cost Cutters in Merrill can take credit for selling so much of the Piranha X brand. The company uses stylists and marketing to target young men.

"You got to speak their language, and so we really want to do that make sure that is important," Piranha X CEO Michael Vincent said. "And we want to do it with credibility so we are just not posing, we're actually really a part of that lifestyle."

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Petco buys Foster and SmithSubmitted: 11/19/2014

RHINELANDER - The pet supply company Petco will buy one of the Northwoods' largest employers.

There's an announcement on Petco's website saying it will buy Doctors Foster and Smith in Rhinelander.

It says the sale will unite one of the largest pet specialty stores and one of the largest online pet stores. The sale should be done by 2015.

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Freeze the Gain encourages holding weight steady over the holidays in Forest CountySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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CRANDON - Forest County health workers hope they can help people maintain their weight over the holidays.

A national study found average Americans gain one or two pounds around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"That weight typically doesn't come off," said Forest County Health Department Director Jill Krueger. "You're accumulating a pound or two every year, which is a risk factor for obesity down the road."

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Bus driver cited for deadly crashSubmitted: 11/20/2014

SHAWANO COUNTY - A citation against a school bus driver claims his failure to yield at a stop sign caused a deadly crash in Shawano County.

75 year old James Mueller has been cited in a crash near Pulaski that killed one woman and injured members of a high school volleyball team.

A report from the Shawano County Sheriff's Department shows Mueller was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign -- resulting in death. He was also cited for causing injuries.

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Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platformSubmitted: 11/19/2014

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders have chosen Paul Ryan to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years.

The new post could give the Wisconsin Republican a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond.

Ryan was the party's vice presidential nominee two years ago. He has sidestepped questions about his plans for 2016.

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Fire contained after explosion at fuel plantSubmitted: 11/19/2014

LA CROSSE - Firefighters in La Crosse have contained a blaze that erupted from an explosion at a fuels plant.

Officials say the explosion and fire erupted in an above-ground tank containing an unknown amount of diesel fuel and asphalt at Midwest Fuels Wednesday about 7:00 a.m.

La Crosse Fire Capt. Dan Skiles says one person was transported to the hospital with an injury.

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Man reaches plea deal on animal abuse chargesSubmitted: 11/19/2014

RICE LAKE - A man in western Wisconsin has been sentenced to probation on animal abuse charges after 26 cows were found dead on his farm.

John Nelson was arrested in September after a tip led authorities to search his Rice Lake property. Investigators say they found the decomposed cows still chained in their manure-filled stalls.

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