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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/04/2016
- Elections have consequences, and that appears to be especially true in Vilas County. The one County Board Supervisor who voted to back the state's looser shore land zoning rules was voted out of office. The full story tonight.

- Plus, students across the Northwoods and beyond traded school colors for maroon and white Wednesday. The "Antigo Strong" campaign went live this morning as districts showed solidarity for Antigo students following last weekend's prom shooting. Tonight, we'll hear from students in Eagle River who were happy to help their friends and rivals in a time of need.

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




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MERRILL - Affordable housing continues to be a need for many people. And with an aging infrastructure the Merrill Housing Authority announced a $13.3 million dollar project for a new housing complex and upgrades to its existing buildings.

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THREE LAKES - Texting makes communication easier and more efficient than ever.

But students at Three Lakes Junior and Senior High School learned Wednesday that, when you're driving, texting can wait. Students gathered in the gym to learn the dangers of distracted driving as part of AT&T's It Can Wait campaign.

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MANITOWISH WATERS - The teachers and staff at the North Lakeland School in Manitowish Waters can get coffee for free in the teachers' lounge. But on Wednesdays, they choose to pay for their orders.

On those days, 50 cents will get them a hot cup of gourmet coffee brewed and delivered by Hannah Semmerling and Nattie Schellinger.

The eighth-graders opened up H & N's Coffee Shop this school year. Their teachers help out, but the girls do most of the work themselves.

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ANTIGO - The photo of American soldiers raising the flag over Iwo Jima brings Americans a lot of pride, especially the people of Antigo. But more than 70 years after that photo was taken, history buffs are questioning whether Antigo's own John Bradley is, in fact, in that photo as previously believed. The Marines have now opened an investigation in an attempt to answer that question.

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RHINELANDER - Not riding the bus to school, as a kid, usually meant you overslept.

But on Wednesday morning, some students got up a little early just to miss the bus.

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EAGLE RIVER - After four decades in the business, you might think Leo and Mary Kay Horant would be leaning toward retirement. But Leo would tell you his greenhouse is his vacation spot.

"This is my happy place," Horant said Tuesday morning.  "I'll work 12 hours a day."

Never was that more apparent than eight months ago.  Fire ripped through the Eagle River couple's home and garden center on Highway 70 August 17, 2015.  The Horants' "Gardener's Gate" greenhouse near Pick 'n Save became something of a lifeboat.

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WAUSAU - Authorities have released the name of a Wausau police officer who fatally shot a suspect in a domestic disturbance last weekend.

The Wausau Police Department identifies the officer who shot the suspect as James Martin. Martin became a police officer in January 2015 after working as a Wausau community service officer.

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