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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/16/2017
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Marshfield Clinic is appealing a ruling by the Oneida County Planning and Development committee not to allow the facility to build a new hospital in Minocqua across the street from Howard Young Medical Center. We'll bring you Marshfield Clinics arguments.

We talk to a DNR scientist about why the state doubled the number of bobcats you can hunt and trap this year.

And next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes as well as a child's eyes for a lifetime. We talk to a Woodruff optometrist about the importance of making sure you and your child are wearing the appropriate sunglasses to save your vision.

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




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RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax.  Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.

Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases.  Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations.  Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city  would pay for the electricity.  

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CRANDON - A Muskego man blew through a stop sign in Laona, then tried to run over a victim with his van last month, according to testimony in Forest County Court on Wednesday.

Nicholas Bland, 41, heard evidence against him on four felony charges.

One passenger in the van driven by Bland talked to police about chasing the victim.

"He had said they got pretty close," testified Forest County Sheriff's Deputy William Hujet. "When I asked him about pretty close, he just kind of said maybe a car length."

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RHINELANDER - Marshfield Clinic calls Oneida County's rejection of a Minocqua hospital an "erroneous application of the law."

Marshfield Clinic cites 14 court decisions from across the country in its appeal of the Planning Committee's June vote to deny a conditional use permit (CUP).

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RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story."
Their population numbers are up across the United States.

The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.

"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The mother of the young woman who lost her life during violent weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, says the way to truly honor Heather Heyer is to "make a difference in the world."

Susan Bro urged about 1,000 mourners gathered inside the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday to "find in your heart that small spark of accountability."

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- Wisconsin property values have reached a new high.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance analyzed taxable property value data that was finalized Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue. The $526 billion in property value is a new peak and the 4.1 percent increase over 2016 is the biggest jump since 2007.

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WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan is the first Republican leader to comment on President Donald Trump's remarks Tuesday, declaring in a tweet that "white supremacy is repulsive."

The Wisconsin Republican has sought to keep the GOP caucus on Capitol Hill focused on legislative priorities. His Twitter account is full of messages about the need to overhaul the U.S. tax code.

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MILWAUKEE - The doctor who operated on a Wisconsin man who accidentally shot himself with a nail gun says the nail punctured the patient's heart.

Dr. Alexander Roitstein performed the surgery on Doug Bergeson at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay in June. The doctor said Tuesday it was difficult to assess how deeply the nail penetrated, but said it left bruising and a hole.

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