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Election officials OK voter registration mailings Submitted: 08/30/2016
MADISON - The state Elections Commission has approved mailing postcards to more than a million unregistered voters urging them to get on the rolls.

Legislators passed a law earlier this year requiring Wisconsin to join a multi-state consortium called the Electronic Registration Information Center, which works to identify eligible voters who haven't registered. ERIC requires member states to reach out before Oct. 1 every two years to eligible voters who may not be registered.

The commission expects to mail between 1 million and 1.5 million postcards in late September, giving recipients enough time to take action before mail registration ends Oct. 19. Voters also can register at the polls on Election Day Nov. 8.

The commission approved the mailing on a unanimous vote Tuesday.

Story By: Associated Press

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 LOCAL NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/30/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll update you on the Rhinelander City Council's decision to remove Kristina Aschenbrenner from the City Administrator position.

We'll tell you about a group of people from Minocqua who took a bike ride across Wisconsin and dedicated it to a friend with serious health problems.

And people driving down Highway 8 in Rhinelander may have to watch out for construction for a while. We'll tell you what crews are doing on two intersections of the bypass.

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 - Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner finds herself out of a job this week.  City attorney Carrie Miljevich confirmed the city council voted 6-2 Monday night to remove Aschenbrenner following a closed-door performance review. The vote was effective immediately.

Alderman Mark Pelletier moved to remove Aschenbrenner in open session and Alderman Sherrie Belliveau seconded the motion. Aldermen Tom Gleason and Steve Sauer voted against the decision.

"The city council has determined to move in a new direction," council president George Kirby said via phone Tuesday morning.  Kirby stressed the move was not a "firing," but declined an on-camera interview at this time.

Aschenbrenner was hired in August 2015 and started September 8. She beat three other candidates for the job.

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WAUSAU - Golfers in Wausau know their money will go to a good cause after Monday.

The Marshfield Clinic teamed up with Furniture and Appliance Mart for their 14th annual Fore a Cure golf outing.
 
The outing raises awareness and money for breast cancer detection equipment.

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WAUSAU - The Marathon County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two people who were killing in a Sunday car crash.

Rudolph Schleif, 88, and Emily Schleif, 87, were killed from injuries in the crash.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin election officials have approved placing five candidates on the state's presidential ballot besides Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

The state Elections Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to place the Constitution Party's Darrell Castle, Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Wisconsin Green Party's Jill Stein, Monica Moorehead of the Workers World Party and Rocky Roque De La Fuente of the American Delta Party on the ballot.

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MADISON - Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson will be making his first campaign stop in Wisconsin this week.

Johnson will hold a campaign rally Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Third party candidates are getting more attention this election.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both struggle with low favorability numbers both in Wisconsin and nationally.

The latest Marquette University Law School poll released earlier this month showed Johnson with 10 percent support among registered voters....and 9 percent among likely voters.

Clinton led among registered voters with 42 percent, followed by Trump at 33 percent.

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MADISON - A Marine veteran died from a toxic mix of more than a dozen drugs at a U.S. Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah, Wisconsin.

Now his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government.

The federal lawsuit claims VA caregivers improperly prescribed and administered drugs to Jason Simcakoski, who died in 2014.

It also accuses the VA of failing to provide adequate emergency care for Simcakoski when he was found unresponsive.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Simcakoski's widow.

Last year, the VA's inspector general ruled that deficiencies in care led to Simcakoski's death.

One physician was fired.

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MADISON - According to an annual report released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday, the number of abortions performed in Wisconsin has dropped for the sixth straight year.


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