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Audubon Report says climatic changes could hurt Northwoods birds by 2080Submitted: 09/19/2014
NORTHWOODS - Birds living in the Northwoods could be in serious danger.

A recent National Audubon Society report says climatic changes could threaten birds by the year 2080.

Scientists studied 588 bird species and more than half of those are facing trouble.

The study looks at the important climate needs each species requires to survive.

Included on that list are birds native to Northern Wisconsin.

"There are 33 birds on the list, that have lost 100 million in the breeding population just over the last 40 year," explained Marge Gibson with the Raptor Education Group, Inc. "So we're really looking at a situation where we have common birds, a northern bobwhite for instance, grasshopper sparrow, field sparrow and some of the others that we have here locally."

The common loon is also on the list.

The study says they could lose more than half of their habitat area if climate change continues at its current pace.

"Unfortunately as our population increases and we become more aware of them we also become more of a danger to them as we're going into their habitat and we're causing displacement of them and sometimes just causing them to be nervous or to get off the nest and therefore affecting their reproduction," said Gibson.

The best way to help is to increase conservation efforts.

"We need to be aware that they too can be gone and find out about them, become aware of where they nest and if there's a way that you can help and not be a hindrance to them that's really important and it will really go a long way in helping them," said Gibson. "Once they're gone, they're gone. And I think that's the thing that we hope that people take away from this report. That we can do something, but we do have to act. Conservation plays a huge role in that."



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Sentencing planned for attack on corrections officerSubmitted: 09/19/2014

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WAUSAU - A man convicted of attacking a jail officer in Marathon County will learn his sentence today.

22 year old Fredrick Morris pled no contest to agrivated battery and battery by a prisoner.

Prosecutors say Morris was the inmate who threw a punch which knocked a Marathon County jail officer unconscious.

The attack happened last year in March.

Julie Christensen was critically injured and admitted to the hospital.

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Child sex-related crimes send Rhinelander man to jailSubmitted: 09/19/2014

RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man inappropriately touched a young girl this May.

The victim was younger than 10 years old.

Blaine Ciardo admitted his actions and apologized in Oneida County Court on Friday. But Ciardo will spend another year in jail. He has spent almost four months in jail so far.

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Man gets 20-year sentence for punching jail workerSubmitted: 09/19/2014

WAUSAU - 22-year-old Fredrick Morris will spend more than 18 years in prison for punching, and nearly killing, a Marathon County Jail employee in 2014. Morris was sentenced in Marathon County Court Friday.

Julie Christensen was critically injured and admitted to the hospital after the attack. Prosecutor Kenneth Heimerman said her life was saved because of the work of medical officials shortly after the attack.

Christensen didn't attend the sentencing in Wausau, but Heimerman read a letter from Christenson to the court about how difficult it has been after the attack.

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Human Service Center welcomes new executive directorSubmitted: 09/19/2014

RHINELANDER - A familiar face will lead a Northwoods organization dedicated to helping individuals and families.

Tamara Feest became Executive Director of the Human Service Center earlier this month.

The center is located in Rhinelander and serves Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Update: Body of missing boater found in Kenosha CountySubmitted: 09/19/2014

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KENOSHA - Update: 9/19/14 4:15pm

Sheriff's officials say the body of a missing fisherman has been recovered from a lake in Kenosha County.

Authorities say the body of 66-year-old John Spoor, of McHenry, Illinois, was found in about 7 feet of water Friday morning.

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UWSP student, instructor teaming up on safety appSubmitted: 09/19/2014

STEVENS POINT - Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point community are developing a safety app that allows students to track the location of friends when they go out on the town.

Stevens Point Journal Media (http://spjour.nl/1DmZSyb ) reports UWSP senior Jenna Furger and instructor Drew Frisk are working together to conduct the smartphone program's first beta test. They hope to roll out the app within the next couple of months.

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Corn growers urge driver caution during harvestSubmitted: 09/19/2014

ACCROSS WISCONSIN - Corn growers are warning drivers to watch out for farm machinery as the harvest season approaches.

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association says motorists can expect to see more farm equipment on the roads in the coming weeks as the harvest beings.

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UW students can get ID's to voteSubmitted: 09/19/2014

MADISON - University of Wisconsin System campuses will provide free voter identification cards to students that ask for them.

A regular university ID won't work at the polls.

That's because it doesn't comply with a new state law that requires a signature and expiration date on the cards.

Cards from UW-Superior are the only ones that meet those requirements.

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