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Wisconsin Senate OKs eliminating gun waiting period Submitted: 04/21/2015

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MADISON - The state Senate has approved a Republican bill that would eliminate Wisconsin's decades-old 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. The proposal now goes to the state Assembly. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, supports the bill.

The waiting period was enacted in the mid-1970s. The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Van Wanggaard, a Racine Republican, says the waiting period was meant to allow time for background checks but the checks now can be done far more quickly with computers and law-abiding citizens shouldn't have to wait for their guns.

Minority Democrats say eliminating the waiting period would allow angry people to get their hands on guns quickly.

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CRYSTAL FALLS - Loons called and spring peepers chimed in brightly at Bewabic State Park. In the pitch dark, the stars sparkled brightly.

"The night sort of brings out a different side of the park that you don't normally see," said Kasey Mahoney, the park supervisor.

Bewabic, located between Iron River and Crystal Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, played host to part of International Dark Sky Week last week.

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RHINELANDER - Some gardeners may have gotten a jump start on their planting with last week's warm temperatures, but the return to snow and cooler temperatures the last few days could cause some concern.

Experts suggest covering plants to prevent them from freezing. However, that might not save tropical plants like Coleus.

Some annual plants like pansies, however, should be able to bounce back. Trees and shrubs should also be okay in the cooler temperatures.

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NORTHWOODS - 24% of people living in the Northwoods say they don't do any physical activity.

One organization is teaching employers why they should have wellness programs in the workplace.

Northwoods LEAN hosted a Wellness Seminar Tuesday to teach employees how to start or add to wellness programs at their business. Organizers say people here in the Northwoods need wellness programs to promote healthier lifestyles.

"Healthcare costs are rising," said Northwoods LEAN Worksite Wellness Committee member Dr. Wendy Henrichs. "People are getting sicker within the United States and that's translating into lost dollars in terms of productivity. So we want to give employers in the area resources to be able to incorporate wellness into their businesses."

Whether its exercise or nutrition programs, organizers see the long-term benefit of wellness programs in business.

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RHINELANDER - Oneida County won't allow a temporary dog park to be built on an empty piece of land near Rhinelander's airport.

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Unique Boutique: Schroeder's Submitted: 04/21/2015

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ANTIGO - It can be hard to find unique clothing in a smaller community like Antigo. But two sisters-in-law have perfected a business for the small town.

Schroeder's in Antigo has changed a lot over the years. The business began as a farm market.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/21/2015

- We went to one of the best places to see the night sky a remote state park in the Upper Peninsula. The views are stunning.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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GOODMAN - Without its veneer mill, the community of Goodman would likely decline and lose its school. The mill employs a large proportion of people in town. That reliance on the forest products industry makes education about sustainable forestry a must for students in Goodman.


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