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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/20/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill into law that makes it easier for people to waterski without a spotter. We talk to area water-skiers to get their reaction to the bill and a state senator who cites studies favoring the bill.

We'll take you to a Minocqua tattoo shop that's trying to get rid of a myth by helping others.

And a member of the Merrill School Forest Program received special recognition today. We'll take you to the presentation and talk to the recipient.

We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.





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 LOCAL NEWS

MERRILL - A member of the Merrill School Forest Program received special recognition on Friday. Director Russell Noland earned a LEAF award from Wisconsin's School Forest Program.

Students, parents, and other community members came together to witness the award presentation.

The award honors people that excel in leading learning experiences and activities in forestry.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - A wild deer in Oneida County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The DNR says a deer found in Crescent Township had CWD. 

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MERRILL - A Northwoods group that supports victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault took the time to thank those whose support makes the program possible. HAVEN (Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network) hosted an open house on Friday in Merrill. 

The open house was held in part to celebrate the program's 35th anniversary. It also allowed people who have supported HAVEN over the years to get a tour of the facility and get to know the employees there. 

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MADISON - Researchers examining forests in northern Wisconsin say Native American reservations have older trees and better plant diversity and tree regeneration than surrounding state or national forests.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Dartmouth College and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers recently published their findings in an issue of the Ecology and Society journal. Researchers studied forests on four Native American reservations.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

CANTON, MI - Student across the country walked out of theirs schools today, in part for the Columbine anniversary, but to also protest gun violence.

In Michigan, hundreds of student from three different high schools gathered on a campus football field.

In New York, Students staged a mass "die-in" on the steps of the State Capitol to call for stricter gun control laws.

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GREEN BAY - Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green avoided jail time under a plea agreement that included dismissal of a felony child abuse charge.

The 41-year-old Green on Thursday entered an Alford plea of no contest to criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors amended the child abuse charge to a non-abuse charge of damage to property.

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MADISON - The state Department of Justice will prosecute a Taylor County sheriff's detective for releasing records of two unsolved murders to producers of a national television show.

Sergeant Steven Bowers is accused of felony misconduct in public office.

Under the law, police records are public, but authorities often withhold them on grounds they could compromise an ongoing investigation.

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HOUSTON - Houston Texans' defensive end and UW-Madison Alum JJ Watt added another honor to his list this week.

Time magazine named Watt on its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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