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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/01/2015
- Leaders in Rhinelander will ask voters to approve an advisory question on whether to implement a Premier Resort Area Sales Tax on the city's April 7th ballot. The tax is the only municipal retail sales tax authorized by the Wisconsin Legislature. The 0.5% (1/2 cent on the dollar) sales tax would impact taxable items at tourist related retailers. We'll hear from Rhinelander's mayor on why he believes voters should pass the advisory question tonight on Newswatch 12.

- Plus, Downtown Phelps, admittedly, looks a bit run down. But the community has a plan to bring it back. Find out more on Newswatch 12 tonight.

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

BROKAW - Two central Wisconsin towns may need to take on more than $3-million in debt from a neighboring village.

The towns of Texas and Maine could take on the village of Brokaw's assets and debt if it decides to dissolve.

A paper mill left Brokaw in 2011. Now its water utility costs much more to operate than it brings in from customers.

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WAUSAU - Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) doesn't like Indiana's new religious freedom law.

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MERRILL - Police used to teach people at schools and public places to stay put and hide if they faced an active shooter situation.

But the Merrill Police Department is helping to change that thinking.

Analysis of mass shootings shows people who run or fight back often have a better chance of survival.

For example, during the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, 28 of the 30 people who were killed reacted passively, not proactively.

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MINOCQUA - In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes play an important role in our lives. A program in the Northwoods Wednesday night will take a closer look behind the science of those lakes.

This month's Science on Tap topic is "The Great Lakes, Great Challenges, Great Science." Dr. Jim Hurley from the UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center will be the featured speaker.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - A new state law will take effect today, greatly expanding the collection of DNA samples by police.

Now DNA will be taken from anyone arrested for a violent felony.

Samples will be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The agency won't process the samples until a judge finds probable cause that a crime was committed.

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INDIANAPOLIS - A newspaper reports that Indiana lawmakers have proposed limited protections for gays and lesbians while they try to quell concerns that a new law that supporters say protects religious liberties would allow discrimination.

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MADISON - State education officials say more Wisconsin high school graduates are taking Advanced Placement exams and earning scores high enough for college credit.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's annual report on AP exam participation shows 34 percent of graduating seniors in 2014 took at least one exam. That's up from 19 percent of graduates a decade ago.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's promise of a "big announcement" on April Fool's Day turned out to have nothing to do with presidential politics.

Walker, widely expected to compete for the GOP presidential nomination, took to Twitter to promise his followers big news at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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