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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/02/2016
- Until now, Price County has never had any type of public transportation.  Park Falls hasn't even had a taxi service in years.  That all changed in April with a new bus.

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





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EAGLE RIVER - Riding through forests and past scenic lakes make the Northwoods one of the best places to go ATVing.

Routes opened for the season at 8 a.m. Sunday in Vilas County.

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ADAMS COUNTY - Update-We now know the names of two men who died in a two car crash near the Wisconsin Dells over the weekend.

The Wisconsin State Patrol tells us 65 year old Timothy Helm and his passenger, 72 year old Frances Chowaniec died at the scene of the crash.

Both men were from Oxford.

24 year old Kolton Coon of Wisconsin Dells was the second driver.

He was taken to a hospital and expected to survive.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon around 2:00 on County Road B north of state highway 23 in Adams County.

Wisconsin State Patrol is still investigating.





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ONEIDA COUNTY - You often see tomatoes growing in gardens across the Northwoods, but making sure tomato plants stay healthy is difficult here in Wisconsin because of tomato blight.

In Wisconsin, tomato plants often get a disease called tomato blight. It can come early or late in the season.

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WAUSAU - A Wausau police officer shot and killed a man armed with a knife Saturday night.

The shooting happened at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Gilbert Street around 10:20 p.m.  Officers were first called to a domestic disturbance about an hour before the shooting.  According to a Wausau PD press release, officers found probable cause to arrest an adult male for his role in that disturbance.

Police tracked the suspect to the apartments on Gilbert Street.  Officers found the man outside, but the suspect went inside the building.  When police tried to arrest him the man armed himself with a knife.  A Wausau police officer shot the man.  Police tried to keep him alive, but the man died at the scene. The officer trying to arrest the suspect was not hurt, police said. 

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MERRILL - Grass fires forced a road in Lincoln County to be shut down for a while yesterday.

The first fire was reported at 11:30 yesterday morning in the Merrill area near the exit for US 51 near County K.

As fire crews were arriving, additional calls came in reporting fires near County Road C.

A short time later, another fire was reported north of County Road S.

That fire got into heavier brush, and parts of the road had to be shut down.

It took firefighters nearly an hour to put out the flames and check for hot spots.

The cause of the fires is not known yet.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's attorney general has asked an appellate court for an emergency stay of a Dane County judge's ruling striking down the state's right-to-work law.

Brad Schimel says Judge William Foust's ruling has created confusion and should be put on hold while an appeal is pending.

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MADISON - Many businesses in the northwoods rely on money from visitors.

Last year, tourists spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin, according to a report released by the state Department of Tourism today.  It found tourism spending went up about $500 million from 2014.

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HUDSON, WI - Achieving a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam is a feat that less than one-tenth of one percent of American students achieve annually.

So it's highly unlikely that two students from the same high school would score a perfect 36 on the exam. But that's just what happened to Hudson High School juniors Brandon Bagley and Parker Holum. They both thought they did pretty well on the ACT test. Then they learned recently they reached the pinnacle.

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