RHINELANDER - Emergency situations in Boston and West, Texas make it clear, we need to be prepared for whatever might come in the Northwoods too.
The Oneida County Board thinks the best way to do that is to combine the existing Emergency Management Department with the Sheriff's Office. This move should save thousands of dollars, and shouldn't cost the county any measure of safety.
"As far as the response to emergencies and stuff like that it actually gives us more resources to coordinate our response," said Ken Kortenof, Emergency Management director for Oneida County.
The Emergency management department is in charge of coordinating the response to weather disasters, flooding, and other hazardous or large-scale emergencies.
The Oneida County Board approved a merger earlier this week. It will eliminate a few positions and create a few new ones, so overall staffing will stay the same.
They'll start that reorganization next week, and they hope to finish sometime in July.
LANGLADE COUNTY - A dead crow found in Langlade County last week tested positive for West Nile virus. It's the first crow to test positive in Langlade County since surveillance started for the virus on May 1.
MADISON - State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification in November's election pending an appeal.
In Milwaukee this week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.
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