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What We're Working On Submitted: 03/31/2015
- Thoughts on what to do if an active shooter is in your building are changing. Find out what Merrill Police are teaching.

- How does your county stack up in health ratings? We'll show you the newest list.

- And a woman in Mercer is only one of approximately 30 weavers in North America that has a Jacquard machine. Find out what it is and how it works.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - Some landowners don't want to make changes to their land because they worry changes will hurt wildlife. But biologists say the opposite is true.

The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership's goal is to help landowners improve young forest habitat on their properties.

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MAINE - Officials in two Wisconsin towns are looking at their options if they end up taking on a more than $3 million debt from a neighboring village.


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CRANDON - The case against a former Forest County Jail worker accused of releasing confidential information will move forward after a preliminary hearing Monday.

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PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened The New World School of Violin Making. It's the only violin-making school in Wisconsin.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

TOMAH - Whistleblowers and family members of veterans who died at a Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs medical center say they want lawmakers to enforce accountability and reform the hospital.

A pair of U.S. House and Senate committees heard testimony Monday on allegations of narcotic overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior at the Tomah VA hospital.

The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny in January following reports that physicians were prescribing more painkillers than most VA hospitals, and employees who spoke out were subjected to intimidation.

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INDIANAPOLIS - He's still defending the state's new religious-freedom law -- but Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is calling on state lawmakers to send him a measure by the end of the week, making it clear that the law doesn't allow discrimination against gays.

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MADISON - A wildlife expert says a Republican bill intended to allow Wisconsin residents to feed deer may result in fatal implications for the animals.

The bill would allow counties with chronic wasting disease to resume baiting and feeding the animals after three years if no new cases turn up.

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WAUSAUKEE - A funeral service is scheduled for the Marinette County man authorities say was killed by a bank robbery suspect who later fatally shot a state trooper.

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