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NEWS STORIES

Thousands to lose BadgerCare coverageSubmitted: 09/23/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Roughly 92-thousand people in Wisconsin will soon get a letter stating that they will be kicked off the BadgerCare program.

The letters being mailed today also tells Medicaid recipients using BadgerCare that they need to purchase health insurance through a new online exchange.

The exchange opens for enrollment starting October 1st.

The letter tells those losing coverage they must apply for insurance through the marketplace by December 15th.

Those losing BadgerCare Medicaid coverage under Governor Scott Walker's budget are those who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Walker rejected federal money that would have paid to keep those earning up to 138 percent of poverty enrolled in Medicaid.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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Local theater showing controversial comedy "The Interview" Submitted: 12/26/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Movie-goers can now watch "The Interview". After initially canceling the movie because of terror threats, some movie theaters decided to show the comedy.

One Northwoods theater will be one of the few places people can go to see the movie.

The movie is based on two producers landing an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Then the CIA recruites them to turn their trip into an assassination mission.

Conway Theatres in Eagle River will show the movie Friday night at 7:05. General manager Hannah L'Herault says they're not making a political statement by showing the movie.

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Court rules landlord not liable in dog attackSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a landlord can't be held liable as the owner of his tenants' dogs for multiple injuries they inflicted on a woman.

According to court documents, George Kontos allowed his daughter and her family to live on his Winnebago County property with their dogs. In June 2010 the dogs attacked Julie Augsburger.

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Northwoods aiport gets new snow removal gearSubmitted: 12/26/2014

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ANTIGO - The Langlade County Airport can keep up with snow removal better this year. The airport used a grant to buy a new snow removal machine.

The new machine has several attachments like a plow, blower, and loader. The airport needed to get rid of outdated equipment to buy the new piece.

"It's a big difference. We got rid of three older pieces of equipment. The newest one was from 1982," says airport manager, Josh Walker. "We got rid of a tractor, a plow, and an older in-loader. We upgraded with one unit with several attachments."

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Racine man held in fatal hit-and-run, bail jumpingSubmitted: 12/26/2014

RACINE - A 31-year-old Racine man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead.

Charges filed Friday against Bradley Hayek allege he was at the wheel of a car that struck a man Thursday night in Racine and fled the scene. The victim, 45-year-old Robert Castaneda, died at a nearby emergency room.

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Program helps those just diagnosed with breast cancerSubmitted: 12/26/2014

MADISON - People just diagnosed with breast cancer can need someone to talk to.

A University of Wisconsin program gets them support and comfort from others who have been in their shoes.

The Patient Survivor Advocate Program connects those at the front end of treatment with those who have been through it.

A special bond develops between those in the grant-funded program.

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Antigo Firemen enjoy working on Christmas Submitted: 12/25/2014

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ANTIGO - Many people spend Christmas away from work and with their families, but some have to work on the holidays to keep people safe.

Fireman may have to work on Christmas, but they don't seem to complain.

"This is like the holiday I mean for us we don't have to do much," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brian Baginski. "There ain't very much open to inspect or do inspections. Basically it's just a day when we get calls we go on, we do our normal duties around the station."

Fireman have very important jobs but when they're on duty and not on a call they get to sit back, relax, recline, and watch Christmas movies.

"What did we start with? I forgot the first one but the second one was the Christmas story," said Antigo Fireman and Paramedic Brett Hefty.

Baginski enjoys working on Christmas because as a fireman he can help people on the holiday.

"I love my job and I enjoy helping people out, holidays you know some of the elderly people are lonely and usually that is most of our calls," Baginski said. "People are lonely and they need someone to call to."

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Free Christmas dinner held at White Lake Community CenterSubmitted: 12/25/2014

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WHITE LAKE - A group of volunteers in White Lake wanted to make sure everyone got a Christmas dinner.

They held a free community dinner Thursday afternoon.

They've been preparing for the meal for a couple of months.

This is the second year the dinner has been held.

The group also does other fundraising throughout the year.

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