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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/20/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Fire ripped through a home in western Vilas County this morning, torching the attic, main floor, and basement. Everyone made it out safely, but tonight, that couple is wondering what they do now. Tonight we hear the couple's story and get their reaction to the fire.

We talk to a Prentice man who recycles bicycles and has them shipped worldwide to people who need them.

And we'll show you a unique historical spot in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where you can view the beautiful fall colors.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS

PRICE COUNTY - Fall officially starts Friday, but you can already see signs of it in the trees.

One of the best places to view those colors is the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Predicting how impressive the fall colors will get can be a challenge.

"It's really up to Mother Nature of what the fall colors are going to look like," said CNNF Public Information Officer Hilary Markin.

The leaves start changing as the days gets shorter and the night gets longer.

"The leaves stop producing chlorophyll that gives it the green pigment and the real colors shine through," said Markin.

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PRENTICE - A pile of scrap metal may look like garbage. But to Prentice High School Teacher Quan Banh, many of the things he finds inside still have life to them. 

"I see that there are certain resources in there that could be used," said Banh. 

Banh has spent the last four years collecting old and new bikes as well as bike parts. 

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RHINELANDER - The father of a deceased 20-month-old boy will now face criminal charges in Oneida County Circuit Court stemming from the boy's death.

Trung Tran, 40, of Rhinelander, was arrested Tuesday in the death of Avery Edwards.

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MINOCQUA - Pipelines dating back to the 1960s will get swapped out for new ones this fall. WPS crews in Minocqua started upgrading the natural gas distribution system in September. 

The upgrades include two and a half miles of natural gas mains and several service pipelines. WPS says these upgrades will benefit many people.  

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Nonpartisan attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature say portions of a newly signed law that are designed to speed up legal appeals related to the Foxconn Technology Group's factory could be unconstitutional.

The analysis was prepared by attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislative Council at the request of Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling.

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RACINE - A Wisconsin woman and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to locking her 9-year-old granddaughter in a basement kennel.

Forty-six-year-old Gail Lalonde and 48-year-old Dale Deavers entered their pleas Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

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MADISON - A bipartisan band of young Wisconsin legislators has formed a group called the Wisconsin Future Caucus.

The caucus' co-chairs, Democratic Representative Amanda Stuck and Republican Representative Adam Neylon, announced the formation of the group during a news conference Wednesday.

They said they've got about 20 lawmakers 40 years or younger on board.

Neylon said the group will serve as a bipartisan platform to discuss issues affecting future generations.

He says the caucus plans to examine potential legislation dealing with self-driving cars and exempting young mothers from jury duty.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow for the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Tuesday to pass the measure. It now heads to the full Senate, which could take it up next month.

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