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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/04/2015
- Last Monday, 81 veterans boarded the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Many of the veterans on the flight boarded, thinking their service HAD BEEN forgotten. But they soon realized that wasn't the case. Newswatch 12's Lauren Stephenson was privileged to be able to travel with them. She brings you their stories this week on Newswatch 12 at five.

- A Merrill foster family badly needed a new roof. Find out how the local community rallied to help the family get adequate shelter.

- And see how this year's fishing opener compares to previous years.

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

WESTON - Liver disease and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants doctors to keep checking baby boomers.

They make up the vast majority of people living with the virus.

Hepatitis C is a virus that causes serious liver disease and even liver cancer.

About 3.2 million people live with the virus, and 75 percent of those are baby boomers.

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MERRILL - Ryan Ott didn't know his contest would set off a domino effect of giving in his Merrill community. But the end result would demonstrate just what "paying it forward" means to the northcentral Wisconsin city.

It started last year.

"(The roof) was pretty unsightly," remembered Kathy Yahr on Monday, standing outside Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Merrill.

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WASHINGTON, DC - Last Monday, 81 local veterans and their guardians boarded a plane to Washington, DC for the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Many of the veterans on the flight boarded, thinking their service had been forgotten. However, they soon realized that wasn't the case.

A passerby stopped, took off his hat, and stuck out his hand.

"Thank you for your service," he said to a veteran walking by.

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GLIDDEN - A Glidden man hopes to make his community more accessible.

Ryan Thimm uses a wheelchair after an ATV accident four years ago.

He started the Ryan Thimm Handicap Reserve to raise money to make the community more accessible.

Thimm has already made changes to many places in the community, and has plans for others.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MENASHA - Update: Mon. 5/4 4:15pm

Family and friends of a Neenah family who lost two members when a university student opened fire along a Wisconsin bike trail are mourning at a church.

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MILWAUKEE - The Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke and replaced him with former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell.

Milwaukee, a major league-worst 7-18, lost 40 of its final 56 games under Roenicke. The skid included a late-season collapse last year after the Brewers led the NL Central for nearly five months, and a 2-13 start this season.

Counsell, a 44-year-old Milwaukee-area native, was given a contract through the 2017 season, the Brewers said Monday.

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TOMAH - A Monroe County sheriff's pursuit of a suspected drunken driver ended when a deputy's squad and the suspect's minivan became engulfed in fire.

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MADISON - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.

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