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Under proposal, drunk drivers would boost SafeRide Home program's coffersSubmitted: 07/03/2015
MADISON - Wisconsin could force drunk drivers to pay in more money to support SafeRide Home programs in the state.

Earlier this week, we told you the state was planning to kick in less money to support county SafeRide Home programs. The program offers free taxi rides home from bars.

A proposal passed by a Capitol committee on Thursday night could help SafeRide Home.

It would add a $50 surcharge to some OWI offenses. That money would go back into SafeRide Home programs.

The proposal is part of the state budget, which has yet to become law.




Story By: Ben Meyer

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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - People can see something odd while traveling through a certain intersection in Rhinelander. A Wisconsin Public Service truck is holding up a power pole at the intersection of Phillips and Thayer Street. A few days ago, a driver hit the power pole, but the collision wasn't hard enough to actually knock the pole down.

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RHINELANDER - White crosses on the lawn of  a Northwoods church represent just how strongly some people oppose abortion. The hundreds of crosses now dot the space in front of the Nativity of Our Lord Parish, St. Joseph's church location in Rhinelander.

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RHINELANDER - A one-car rollover slowed down traffic for about an hour in Rhinelander on Thursday.

Police received a call around 3:30 Thursday afternoon. No other cars were involved.

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MERRILL - A Merrill woman admitted Thursday morning that she shot her boyfriend in the leg Wednesday night. Fifty-nine-year-old Debra Engel is charged with two felonies for that shooting.

According to court documents, Engel called the police and  told them she shot her boyfriend. When police got to the house and arrested her, she admitted to the shooting again. 

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 REGIONAL NEWS

RHINELANDER -

A plea deal may be close for one of the suspects in an Oneida County murder.

33 year old Latoya Wolf faces a charge of being a party to a murder in Rhinelander.

The murder happened in 2003.

The Tomahawk woman is the niece of Kenneth Wells, the man who was killed.

Police found Wells dead in the Wisconsin River in 2003.

His case went cold until 2012 when Wolf told police she knew more about his death.

She told investigators her ex-husband, 40-year-old Shannon Wolf, killed Wells.

Yesterday, Latoya Wolf appeared in Oneida County court for a pretrial conference.

Electronic court records show District Attorney Michael Schiek believes that an agreement is possible.

He requested that a date be set for Wolf to enter a plea.

That has been scheduled for July 30th in Oneida County Circuit Court.


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MADISON - Republicans who control the Legislature are looking to call an extraordinary session to deal with the state budget and bills that would repeal the state's prevailing wage for construction workers and prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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MADISON - Nearly all records created by state and local elected officials would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans have approved as an amendment to the state budget.

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MADISON - An expansion of who can play sports and participate in extracurricular activities in public schools in Wisconsin is being scaled back.

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