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What We're Working On Submitted: 03/31/2015
- Thoughts on what to do if an active shooter is in your building are changing. Find out what Merrill Police are teaching.

- How does your county stack up in health ratings? We'll show you the newest list.

- And a woman in Mercer is only one of approximately 30 weavers in North America that has a Jacquard machine. Find out what it is and how it works.

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




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RHINELANDER - Some landowners don't want to make changes to their land because they worry changes will hurt wildlife. But biologists say the opposite is true.

The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership's goal is to help landowners improve young forest habitat on their properties.

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MAINE - Officials in two Wisconsin towns are looking at their options if they end up taking on a more than $3 million debt from a neighboring village.


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CRANDON - The case against a former Forest County Jail worker accused of releasing confidential information will move forward after a preliminary hearing Monday.

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PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened The New World School of Violin Making. It's the only violin-making school in Wisconsin.

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MERRILL - The Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network (HAVEN) provides shelter and services for sexual assault and domestic violence victims in Lincoln County.

But more and more, HAVEN is looking for ways to help clients with another issue: addiction.


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MERRILL - Ron Kautz prepares taxes for more than 800 clients every year from his office in Merrill.

This year, he's watching for something new while filling out their returns.

Kautz needs to know if they have health insurance.

This is the first cycle in which the federal government taxes people for not having health insurance.

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MADISON - More and more people nationwide are using ridesharing smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft to get around. Those apps match people who need a ride with certified drivers who use their own cars.

Right now, it's up to cities and towns--like Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay-- to allow the companies to operate. But some lawmakers would like to make sure those companies can operate statewide.


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