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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/20/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Fire ripped through a home in western Vilas County this morning, torching the attic, main floor, and basement. Everyone made it out safely, but tonight, that couple is wondering what they do now. Tonight we hear the couple's story and get their reaction to the fire.

We talk to a Prentice man who recycles bicycles and has them shipped worldwide to people who need them.

And we'll show you a unique historical spot in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where you can view the beautiful fall colors.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - The father of a 20-month-old boy will now face criminal charges in Oneida County Circuit Court in the death of the boy.

Trung Tran, 40, of Rhinelander, was arrested on Tuesday in the death of Avery Edwards.

An autopsy showed the 20-month-old Edwards died of blunt force trauma to the head on April 14. Tran's wife, Ellen Tran, 28, was watching the boy, and told police Edwards fell in the shower. But doctors treating Edwards thought it looked more like a child abuse case.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is recommending charges of Intentionally Neglecting a Child and Physical Abuse/Failure to Prevent Bodily Harm to a Child against Trung Tran. He'll be in Oneida County Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Ellen Tran was arrested shortly after Edwards' death in mid-April. She's now facing charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide. Ellen Tran is Edwards' stepmother.

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MINOCQUA - Pipelines dating back to the 1960s will get swapped out for new ones this fall. WPS crews in Minocqua started upgrading the natural gas distribution system in September. 

The upgrades include two and a half miles of natural gas mains and several service pipelines. WPS says these upgrades will benefit many people.  

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MINOCQUA - Marshfield Clinic representatives still want to build a hospital in Minocqua. They're appealing that plan's rejection this fall. 

On Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Adjustment, Marshfield Clinic representatives, and Howard Young representatives toured the site where the proposed hospital would be built. 

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RHINELANDER - A car crashed into Friendship House in Rhinelander on Tuesday. It turns out the crash happened, in part, because of a shoe.

Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says investigators discovered the 79-year-old female driver's shoe had fallen off. She reached down to grab the shoe, and her foot accidentally hit the gas instead of the break.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Nonpartisan attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature say portions of a newly signed law speeding up legal appeals related to the Foxconn Technology Group's factory could be unconstitutional.

The analysis was prepared by attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislative Council at the request of Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling.

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MADISON - A bipartisan band of young Wisconsin legislators has formed a group called the Wisconsin Future Caucus.

The caucus' co-chairs, Democratic Representative Amanda Stuck and Republican Representative Adam Neylon, announced the formation of the group during a news conference Wednesday.

They said they've got about 20 lawmakers 40 years or younger on board.

Neylon said the group will serve as a bipartisan platform to discuss issues affecting future generations.

He says the caucus plans to examine potential legislation dealing with self-driving cars and exempting young mothers from jury duty.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow for the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Tuesday to pass the measure. It now heads to the full Senate, which could take it up next month.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the state's right-to-work law, reversing a Dane County circuit judge's ruling striking it down.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with Governor Scott Walker and rejected the challenge brought by three unions.

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