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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/26/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll update you on a major explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Superior which has caused multiple injuries and forced evacuations.

We follow the tour of a possible sulfur mine site in the Town of Lynne with concerned citizens in the area.

And we'll take you live to Lambeau Field in Green Bay where the Packers await tonight's draft along with all the other NFL teams.

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





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TOWN OF LYNNE - Zinc, lead, copper, and silver buried underneath Oneida County could be worth millions of dollars.

Mining companies have known about the deposit in the Town of Lynne for decades. It's underneath county-owned property, but has never been mined.

Now, a review of county mining rules could change the equation.

"You have to be able to get a mental picture in your mind of we're talking about to really understand it," said Karl Fate as he led a tour of the site for mine opponents on Thursday.

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SUPERIOR - An explosion with multiple injuries was reported at the Calumet Oil Refinery in Superior Thursday morning, according to the Superior Fire Department.

Smoke was seen billowing from the refinery just after 10 a.m. 

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MERRILL - It appears a Merrill man accused of killing his father might not go to trial. 

On July 14 2017, prosecutors charged Tyler Monroe with killing Kevin Monroe in January 2016 and hiding his corpse.

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EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River man pleaded not guilty to multiple drug related charges. 

Police arrested Scott Schmidt, 33, of Eagle River and Stephanie Wolfe, 34, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 30 for making meth in Schmidt's Eagle River home on Highway 45.

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NORRISTOWN, PA - Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the "Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His lawyer called Constand a "con artist" who leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

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MADISON - At least 22 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students have filed sexual harassment or sexual assault complaints against faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, advisers and supervisors over the last five years.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 10 of 22 complaints that school released to the newspaper had sufficient evidence to support the allegations. Nine of the 10 cases involved people who have since been fired, not had their contract renewed or were referred to a school dean for discipline. The 10th case involved a lecturer who had left by the time the finding was made.

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LA CROSSE - A Wisconsin father convicted in the death of his malnourished, dehydrated 3-year-old daughter has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Dylan Bartsh was also sentenced Wednesday to five years of extended supervision. Bartsh earlier pleaded no contest to child neglect resulting in death in the October 2014 death of Audryna Bartsh.

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NORMAL, IL - Over the last year, the Red Cross responded to a record number of hurricanes, floods, mudslides, and other natural disasters.

But the organization says it's helped more people from single-family house fires than all other disasters combined.

Red cross supporters got together in Illinois last night for the 25th annual Evening of Stars.

Aaron Rodgers headlined the event.

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