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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/05/2016
- Tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following boys basketball games:

D.C. Everest vs. Wausau West

Antigo vs. Mosinee

Rhinelander vs. Tomahawk

Marshfield vs. Merrill

That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - Most New Year's resolutions start with the best of intentions, but sticking with them can sometimes be easier said than done.

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OSHKOSH - The upcoming sturgeon spearing season in Wisconsin could be frustrating for participants, who are expected to encounter murky water in Lake Winnebago and upriver lakes.

Some fishermen are beginning to scout out the underwater conditions in an effort to prepare for the beginning of sturgeon spearing season on Feb. 13.

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PRENTICE - More than 200 workers at the Prentice Caterpillar facility potentially faced pink slips last week. Now, those workers might not lose their jobs.

Instead, Newswatch 12 learned Thursday, a company wants to buy the 71-year-old forest products plant and potentially expand it.

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CRANDON - This week, members of Congress grilled local and state water leaders on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Tests have shown Flint's water contains dangerously high levels of lead.

R.T. Krueger thinks politics got in the way of science in the Flint case. Krueger is the president of Northern Lake Service a water-testing lab in Crandon. Northern Lake Service is one of just two or three labs of its kind and caliber in Wisconsin.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MANITOWOC - Police in Manitowoc say a man fatally shot at his home was apparently targeted by his assailant.

In a news release Friday, police Capt. Larry Zimney says no one is in custody, but the public is not believed to be in any danger.

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MILWAUKEE - The chief of staff fired from the Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah after allegations of over-prescription of narcotics were investigated is set to begin practicing psychiatry in La Crosse.

Some patients at the Tomah VA nicknamed Dr. David Houlihan "candy man" because of the amount of pain medications he prescribed. Although complaints are pending against Houlihan, he has not been charged and continues to hold his license to practice.

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MADISON - The Legislature's budget committee has approved a bill that would boost funding for drug treatment programs.

Rep. John Nygren's (R- Marinette) bill would increase treatment for drug treatment and diversion programs by $2 million per year. The money would come out of the Department of Health Services and go to the state Department of Justice to administer as grants to counties.

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WAUSAU - An alternative high school student in Wausau faces felony charges for carrying a loaded handgun on school property.

Keanan Brown, 17, appeared in Marathon County Court Thursday afternoon. Police arrested him at Northcentral Technical College's Alternative School Wednesday. Someone called in a tip telling police Brown was carrying a gun around town in his backpack. Officers found Brown at the school. He was carrying the 9mm gun in his jacket.

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