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After Ferguson, focus on body cameras for officers; many departments in Northwoods already use themSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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TOMAHAWK - On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

After that decision, Brown's family urged all police departments in America to start using body cameras to document situations.

A camera recording in the Michael Brown shooting could have given us a better sense of what happened.

We wanted to know if Northwoods police departments think body cameras are a good idea.

Turns out, many already have them, and they like them.

Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins helped get the cameras for his officers about a year ago.

"It videos everything that the officer sees," Elvins explained.

Elvins' officers use them most in domestic situations or executing a search warrant.

"It protects the officer, it protects the community," he said. "If we're doing something wrong, then we need to be held accountable for what we're doing. This protects the officer if they're not doing anything wrong."

Video from the cameras can be used in court as evidence.

But it also could protect officers from phony claims of officer misconduct against people.

"I know that the officers like the fact that it's an insurance policy. It protects them," Elvins said. "Hopefully, we'll never need to review them, but if we do, we have it available."

The body cameras are often a good investment for police departments.

Tomahawk's cameras cost about $300 each.

The majority of city police departments we reached on Tuesday have them.

Lac du Flambeau has had the cameras since about 2009.

Chief Bob Brandenburg said for his department, the cameras "are the greatest thing since sliced bread."

He said they increase respect for police, and the number of complaints against officers has dropped.

Brandenburg hopes the focus on body cameras after Ferguson leads to companies developing better and less expensive cameras.

Police departments in Rhinelander, Phillips, and Park Falls also have body cameras.

Merrill and Minocqua don't, but those departments say buying them for officers is a priority if the budget allows.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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Students donate 2,000 pounds of food, get to dye teachers' hairSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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RHINELANDER - Teachers at one Northwoods school wanted to encourage their students to give back to the community in time for Thanksgiving. They did that by offering up their hair.

Students at Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander got to see two of their teachers dye their hair some of the colors of the rainbow on Monday. That's because students donated 2,000 pounds of food to a local food pantry.

Two students and a teacher also used the occasion to cut their hair for Locks of Love.

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Holiday Shopping- Why some stores open on ThanksgivingSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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WAUSAU - Thousands of holiday shoppers will head to stores and businesses this week.

This Friday is Black Friday and lots of people want to get to stores early for the best holiday deals.

But some businesses are opening a little earlier.

Almost 30 stores at Wausau Center Mall will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/25/2014

- With only one month left until Christmas, many people will be heading to stores to shop. The busiest shopping days of the year start this week. Some of the stores in Wausau's Center Mall open as early as 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. We talk with the mall's manager to see what they're expecting for holiday shopping.

- Plus, teachers at one Northwoods school wanted to encourage their students to give back to the community in time for Thanksgiving. They did that by offering up their hair. Students at Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander got to see two of their teachers dye their hair some of the colors of the rainbow today. That's because students donated 2,000 pounds of food to a local food pantry.

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

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Frederick Place needs your help during the winter monthsSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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RHINELANDER - It may be winter but Frederick Place in Rhinelander still has many empty beds.

The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing provides emergency temporary housing for area counties.

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Ice skaters dedicate their lives to become talented skatersSubmitted: 11/25/2014

MINOCQUA - It takes a lot of perseverance to become a talented ice skater.

Between long practices and competing, ice skaters might not have much free time.

Danielle Wolosek has been skating since she was four.

"To be good, you have to like pretty much dedicate your life," says Danielle.

That dedication sometime means a lot of time driving.

Danielle and her sister Tessa travel from Wisconsin Rapids to the Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena in Minocqua every week.

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Torgerson pleads not guilty for murder & disappearance of Stephanie Low; more information about informants Submitted: 11/25/2014

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WAUSAU - The case against a Wausau man facing murder charges will move forward. Thirty-five-year-old Kristopher Torgerson pled not guilty in court during his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Torgerson didn't admit to the murder in September, but he led police to Stephanie Low's burial site in the woods of Forest County. She had been missing for nearly four years.

Torgerson faces charges of intentional homicide, armed robbery, and hiding a body related to Low's disappearance and death.

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Newswatch 12 reports: Teen birth rate drops in the United States, still higher than other countries; Sexual education could decrease rate even moreSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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WISCONSIN - Teen birth rates dropped significantly across the country in the past few years.

Despite the decline, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate compared to other developed countries.

There are many reasons the rate is going down, and there could be many explanations to why the U.S. is behind other countries.

Education could decrease the rate even more.

That could prevent more people from having to go through the difficulties of being a teen parent.

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