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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 12/06/2016
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A Lac Du Flambeau educator and activist gives us her reaction to the news that the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline says it does not plan to reroute the project in spite of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision not to grant an easement.

We'll tell you why forest health specialists are concerned that the deadly Oak Wilt disease in southern Wisconsin is now spreading into the Northwoods.

And we'll show you how donating a deer head will help DNR officials study Chronic Wasting Disease and give them more information for future hunting.


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

MERRILL -
A Merrill Police and Fire Commission member will head to jail for five days, but avoided any prison time Tuesday.  A jury found David Hayes, 47, guilty of having sex with a 17-year-old girl, but not guilty of second-degree sexual assault after a two-day trial.

The jury returned its verdict in the David Hayes case around 1:30 p.m.  A woman accused Hayes of forcing her to perform oral sex on him during a car ride after a picnic in 2012.  The woman was 17 at the time.  She didn't report the incident to police until 2014.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - Prosecutors often struggle to turn a "He said, She said" case into a trial.

But the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office thinks it has enough to send a Merrill Police and Fire Commission member to prison.

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MINCOQUA - What's the holiday season without some Christmas carols?

The third Annual Carols in the Commons at Lakeland Union High School brought together hundreds of people together Monday night.

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FLORENCE COUNTY - Federal investigators will interview employees at a Florence County sawmill in the near future.

They'll try to piece together what happened in the death of John Chitko at the Chitko Brothers Mill in Tipler last month.

The Appleton office of OSHA is in charge of the investigation. It could propose fining the company if it finds safety violations. If so, those fines would have to be imposed within six months.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - The Republican chairman of the Legislature's budget committee says the proposed Wisconsin Department of Transportation budget for the next two years is essential a divestment in roads.

Rep. John Nygren's comments came Tuesday during testimony from DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb at an Assembly committee hearing. Nygren is joining with other lawmakers in questioning whether the budget put forward relying on half a billion dollars in borrowing and delaying projects is the most responsible plan.

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MADISON - University of Wisconsin System officials are poised to raise out-of-state and graduate tuition again to help offset the impact of Gov. Scott Walker's resident undergraduate tuition freeze.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on a plan Thursday that would raise out-of-state and graduate tuition by hundreds of dollars at six four-year campuses and all the system's two-year schools.

The largest increase would come at UW-Madison, which has proposed raising nonresident undergraduate tuition by $2,000 in each of the next two years and raising tuition for some graduate programs by as much as $5,000 annually.

The regents in 2015 approved raising nonresident and graduate tuition at eight four-year campuses and this past spring signed off on raising nonresident and graduate tuition at five schools.

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MADISON - Road builders, local governments, business leaders, agricultural interests and environmentalists are all getting a chance to weigh in on how to pay for improving Wisconsin's roads.

The state Assembly's Transportation Committee scheduled an informational hearing for Tuesday on the topic.

The state Department of Transportation faces a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall, which it is proposing solving through increased borrowing and delaying work on major projects.

Republican lawmakers are split on whether raising taxes and fees should also be considered as part of the mix.

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TOMAH - A dentist has resigned from his position at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital amid accusations he treated hundreds of patients with improperly cleaned equipment.

The VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin, announced the dentist's resignation Friday, ahead of a scheduled Monday meeting of a panel used in situations that could warrant firing.

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