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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/28/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The trial continues for Rodney Teets, a Vilas County man accused of sexual assault of a woman at knifepoint. We'll take you there live.

We'll tell you why the City of Rhinelander is delaying the Davenport Street Bridge project AGAIN and when the construction is expected to start and finish.

Despite this current cold weather, bears will still come out of hibernation in the Northwoods. Tonight we talk to a DNR wildlife damage specialist to find out what you can do to keep black bears away from your property and what to do if you see a bear.

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

RHINELANDER - Childhood friends are no business partners thanks to a class project.

Three students used their Three Lakes Fab Lab to make a septic tank screen hose, which helps stops clogs.

They haven't graduated high school yet, but a company in Illinois is already manufacturing their product.

Three Lakes High School students Tom Stuckart, Jack Connelly and Stephen Gensler had the idea of making their screen hose last summer and started making the prototype when school started in September.

"It's amazing what a little bit of hard work can actually get you. The community has been awesome supporting us and things like that.

 Just having the opportunity to come here and speak is awesome," said Stuckart. 

On Thursday their business JTS Waste products became official as an LLC.

They presented their business at the Annual Oneida County Economic Development Committee meeting in Rhinelander today.

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WOODRUFF - USDA Wildlife Services relocates more than 500 black bears in Wisconsin every year.

Bears can cause a lot of damage, especially when they've just woken up from hibernation.

The DNR receives more than 800 nuisance calls for bears each year.

"They're opportunistic, looking for any food sources out there, grills, bird feeders, any garbage cans anything like that," said DNR wildlife damage specialist Brian Koele. 

Koele says it's important bears don't get acclimated to humans.

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RHINELANDER - A storm spotter class attracted nearly a hundred people to Rhinelander Thursday afternoon.

Attendees of the class learned about cloud formation, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding.

However, Emergency Management Program Assistant Dawn Robinson says the main focus was on how to become a certified storm spotter.

"Storm spotters are a valuable resource to us in the community because we have people out there all the time doing all sorts of activities," said Robinson.

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MINOCQUA - After nearly five hours of testimony at a hearing Thursday night, Marshfield Clinic got neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down to build a proposed new hospital in Minocqua.

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee has the power to grant or deny Marshfield Clinic's application for a conditional use permit. Marshfield Clinic wants the permit to build a 12-bed, 72,000 square foot, $30 million hospital in Minocqua.

Anxious medical workers, health care administrators, and the public will need to wait until at least next Wednesday. Committee chair Scott Holewinski decided to hear all input on the proposal Thursday night, but put off a vote until the committee's next meeting on Wednesday in Rhinelander.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin hopes to cut its worst-in-the-nation student achievement gap in half within six years - a goal that would require a dramatic upsurge in test scores by non-white students.

The Department of Public Instruction set that as a primary goal in a draft accountability plan it released Friday.

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MADISON - An attorney for a Syrian man living in Wisconsin who sued over President Donald Trump's travel ban says the man has been reunited with his wife and young daughter after three years.

Attorney Vincent Levy told The Associated Press exclusively on Friday that his client's wife and daughter obtained visas and traveled from Syria to Wisconsin this week.

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MADISON - A top psychologist at Wisconsin's troubled youth prison was fired for allegedly ignoring the requests of dozens of inmates who asked for help.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show Dr. D. Jeremy John was accused in December of not following up with 26 youth inmates at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake prison facility.

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MADISON - The state Department of Justice, federal authorities and police are urging people to get rid of unwanted medications this weekend.

The DOJ, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police departments have set up a drug take back day on Saturday.

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