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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 07/31/2015
- A drunk teen driver crashed into a power pole early this morning near Rhinelander. We caught up with a witness who says the boy is lucky to even be alive.

- Today marks day two of Packers training camp in Green Bay. We have reporters covering the team on the practice field and the fans who go every year. Hear from them at 5 and 6.

- And the rules for when you hit a deer recently changed in Wisconsin. Now, you can keep that deer without getting a tag from the sheriff's office. Is that a good thing? We take a look.

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 - A 16-year-old male crashed into an electric pole just east of Rhinelander this morning.

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ST. GERMAIN - St. Germain's Rib Fest will look a little different next year. This will be the last year of "Pig in the Pines" as we know it.

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BOULDER JUNCTION - The boat looks like something from a science fiction movie as it creeps across Northwoods lakes at night.

Its long arms jut into the water, sending electrical pulses into the lake.

Under a nearly-full moon on a warm July night, it motors across Sparkling Lake in Vilas County.

"We can actually sneak up on them in the evenings, when it's dark out," says Dr. Noah Lottig, who's driving the boat. "They're up there, they don't see us coming, and we can sneak up on them."

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EAGLE RIVER - Gov. Walker's administration often promises to lower property taxes.

And this year, it has.

But the cuts are pretty small. Wisconsin's budget agency predicts the average home will save $1 this year and $2 next year . 


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 REGIONAL NEWS

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI - Crews in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are making progress in battling a roughly 100-acre wildfire that's been fueled by warm weather and strong winds.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the "County Road 601" wildfire was about 95 percent contained on Friday morning. Crews are heading out again.

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MADISON - A new report has uncovered hundreds of accessibility problems for the disabled at Wisconsin voting sites.

The state Government Accountability Board conducted inspections at 808 sites over the past seven elections and found nearly 4,000 accessibility problems.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Federal authorities say they've now been contacted by a representative for the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tweeted Friday that the agency was voluntarily contacted a day earlier by a representative of Walter Palmer.

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WESCOTT - Authorities have recovered the body of a man who jumped in a Shawano County lake to rescue his 10-year-old son.

The body was found after authorities resumed a search of Shawano Lake early Thursday.


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