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Senate sets vote on cancer drug billSubmitted: 03/25/2014
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - We'll know soon week if cancer patients will get access to chemotherapy pills at a lower cost.

The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill designed to make chemotherapy drugs that can be taken at home in pill form more affordable.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the bill will be up for a vote April 1st.

That is the Senate's last day in session for the year.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Alberta Darling, called on the Senate to pass the bill as soon as possible.

The Assembly passed the bill after including a 100-dollar copayment cap.

That was not a part of the bill when the Senate approved it last week. so the senate must approve the change.

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Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center held its 21st Lincoln County Safety Day Camp for Kids today in Merrill to help ease those fears.

The camp is specifically geared toward children that are ages 8-11 years old.

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RHINELANDER - Families who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, should soon have more flexibility when shopping.

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WAUSAU - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) believe the U.S. government should stop giving Planned Parenthood funding after a handful of undercover videos surfaced alleging fetal organ sales. The pair were speaking at an event and fundraiser in Wausau Tuesday.

The anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress' released a fifth video Tuesday with footage showing people pretending to be from a company that procures fetal tissue for research touring the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic.

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MERRILL - Scheduling likely helped the Lincoln County Fair draw more people this year than last.

The fair took place July 22-26.

Last year, the fair was held the same weekend as the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau.

That changed this year—event organizers think it drew more than 20,000 people. That's based on a parking survey. 

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MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department and Fire Department want people in the community to better understand the tools they use during emergencies. The groups teamed up to do live demonstrations at the third annual Merrill Community Night Out on Tuesday.

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MERRILL - Merrill may get a new grandstand by next summer.

On Monday the city sent out proposal requests for companies to bid on.

The grandstand will go in the Lincoln County Fairgrounds near the location of the old grandstand. That was destroyed in 2011 by a tornado. It sat about 1,800 people on benches, and city leaders said those seats were uncomfortable.

The new grandstand will fit between 2,500 and 3,000 people on stadium seating and benches with backs "to provide a much nicer venue for events," said Merrill City Administrator Dave Johnson. 

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

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