RHINELANDER - Wisconsin is one of the fastest warming states in the country.
The heat increased by nearly two-thirds of a degree per decade since 1970. This rate shatters the previous warming rate of two-tenths of a degree over the past 100 years. But this warming rate is only over a small period of time and could be a part of a larger trend, with peaks and valleys.
The hot weather this week can lead toward dangerous conditions while working outside.
Every year thousands of workers get sick from the heat across the country. Heat exhaustion can set in when your body temperature reaches 100 degrees.
But the Oneida County Highway crew does their best to stay safe while working through the heat says Mike Christie, Machine Operator. "It was a little warm today, it's not really too bad, we've got enough of a breeze so that all of the men can tolerate it. We are drinking plenty of water trying to keep hydrated and as you go along you have to pace yourself. Occasionally take a little break here and there. It's nice to be in the middle of summer."
Today marks the first day of what looks like a stretch of heat lasting through the weekend.
MINOCQUA - “This disease is called the great imitator for a good reason,” says Jeff Waite.
Lyme disease can be good at hiding.
“Lyme disease is a bacterial type infection spread by a spiral keet, which is also considered a parasite. And it can be carried in the spit glands and intestinal track of ticks in this area. Particularly the deer tick," said Dr. Kurt Landauer.
RHINELANDER - When a child commits a violent crime sometimes it's serious enough to be tried in adult court.
Today Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia had special circumstances to consider.
Sixteen-year-old Michael Thimm was arrested last year for stabbing his mother and her boyfriend after a fight over his computer.
He's charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide. That charge means juveniles are automatically put into adult court.
But today his defense tried to get Thimm put back into the juvenile system. The main reason is because he has Aspergers-- a form of Autism.
A psychologist testified Thimm's disorder keeps him from understanding things like when a person is suffering. He also said emotional distress can cause impulsive reactions.
The doctor said if Thimm gets proper treatment he won't be a threat to the public.
"People with Aspergers or Autism Spectrum Disorder, most of the time they show up in the mental health system. They're very, very rare in the criminal justice system. And so the chances that they would even have the resources to address his needs are pretty slim," says Dr. Michael Caldwell.
But officials from the Department of Corrections also testified they do have resources for people like Thimm.
After three and a half hours of testimony, Judge O'Melia decided to wait on a ruling.
Both sides will submit written briefs before he makes a decision. We'll keep you updated as this develops.
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