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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/25/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll bring you details about an accident involving two semi-trucks this morning on Highway 29 in Marathon County that left one driver dead and the other driver in the hospital.

We'll tell you what happened today in the preliminary hearing for a Rhinelander woman who is charged with reckless homicide of her 20-month-old stepson.

And the Hodag Farmers' Market will be in a slightly different space when it opens for the season this weekend. We'll tell you where it moved to and why.

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 - Stephanie Schneider and the It Matters to One (IM21) animal rescue center in Sugar Camp will not get their dogs back.

Lawyers in a civil case reached an agreement in Oneida County Court on Thursday. Schneider and the rescue had petitioned the county and the Oneida County Humane Society for the return of the dogs. But on Thursday, Schneider and the rescue asked that petition be dismissed.

About 40 dogs have been in the care of the Oneida County Humane Society since early February. At that time, the sheriff's deputies seized the dogs from the rescue after allegations of animal mistreatment. Before she dropped her challenge, Schneider had hoped to get the dogs back.

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VILAS COUNTY - People in Vilas County will see a new member of the Sheriff's Department.

His name is Helo, and he's the new K9 unit.

He's a year-and-a-half-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary.

Helo replaces Draco, the Vilas County K9 who retired in 2016.

Helo and his handler, Deputy Zac Stern, recently got back from a six-week long training program in North Carolina.

"Give him a command, they're all in Dutch, that way I'm the only one who's familiar with the commands," Stern said.

Helo will be with Deputy Zac Stern on all of his shifts. He also lives at home with Stern.

Helo is trained in drug detection and apprehension.

"They're able to do things a lot more efficiently than we can and a lot faster," Stern said. "Kind of referring to the tracking, whether it's a missing person or a criminal we're trying to track down, obviously he can do that a lot faster."

Deputy Stern says Helo is a very friendly dog, and if you see them out and about, don't be afraid to say hello.

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MERRILL - Normally, we learn how to ride bikes. But what if a bike could help us learn in other ways?

A bike on display at the T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill will help kids learn about solar energy. Pedal Power will be showcased as part of the Summer Library Program starting Thursday until June 12.

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RHINELANDER - For the last 15 years principal Shirley Heise guided and led students at Rhinelander's Nativity of Our Lord Catholic school.  Late last week Heise learned she was dismissed immediately with two weeks left to go in the school year.

Some parents demanded an explanation and are still waiting on an answer.

"Couldn't have asked for a better partner," Cathy Deede said.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening.

Walker's plan to be voted on Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee also requires federal approval from President Donald Trump's administration. It could serve as a nationwide blueprint as Walker prepares to run for a third term next year.

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LANCASTER, WI - A collision between a school bus and a dump truck in Grant County sent five passengers on the bus to the hospital.

Sheriff's officials say the crash at a Patch Grove intersection caused one of the bus passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that makes clear that unaccompanied minors can attend music festivals where alcohol is being served.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday. He says it makes sense to allow the exemption, which also exists for hotels, grocery stores, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and sports stadiums.

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WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he disagrees with President Donald Trump's assessment that former FBI Director James Comey is a "nut job."

Ryan tells the Axios website, "Yeah, I don't agree with that. And he's not."

The New York Times reported last week that Trump told Russian diplomats that firing "nut job" Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him.

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