RHINELANDER - Wisconsin Public Service doesn't seem to be the only one after you if you don't pay your bill on time. Phone scammers are trying to cash in on you as well.
Crooks are posing as WPS workers over the phone threatening to shut off your power if you don't pay your bill.
The con artists say the only way to prevent being cut off is to purchase a prepaid card- through them -to make the payment or leave them cash for pick up.
Leah Van Zile tells us the WPS simply doesn't work that way.
"We do not pick up money out in the field, prior to disconnection or after, and we never ask for any kind of prepaid card for payment on your utility service."
So far reports are only coming from the Green Bay area. But WPS thinks they could stretch into the Northwoods. If you do receive a suspicious call, Van Zile says you can always hang up and call their Customer Call Center 1-800-450-7260.
In November 2006, nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage.
Before Wisconsin lawmakers could consider a bill to allow gay marriage, voters would have to pass an amendment undoing the 2006 amendment language. But before that the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions.
MERRILL - You won't find candy bars or chips in the new vending machine at Ministry Good Samaritan in Merrill. This machine dispenses prescription medication.
It won't replace the regular pharmacist. But it will help patients who visit the hospital late at night.
"It allows patients to receive full prescriptions after hours for the local pharmacies. So if you have babe in arms that's sick that needs a prescription, we can fill that full prescription and get you on your way within less than five minutes," says Pharmacy Manager Jim Mason.
The machine has anything you would need for infections or pain; the kind of things a person goes to the ER for.
It's the fifth machine in Ministry facilities. Pharmacy Manager Jim Mason says they have a track record of safety. Each prescription is triple checked before it's dispensed.
"There has never been an error from dispensing the InstyMeds. So it's extremely safe, and it's well over a million prescriptions through InstyMeds," says Mason.
So far the Good Samaritan machine has filled around a hundred prescriptions. Doctors and patients say it's worked out well.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - A week with little to no rain pushed fire risks dangerously high across northern Wisconsin. A fire in Bayfield spanning 9-thousand acres destroyed 17 homes. Fire crews want everyone to be smart about burning this time of year.
A small burn got out of control on Loop Heights Road in Pine Lake today. Fire Chief, Brian Gehrig, says the weather conditions make it easy for fires to get out of control.
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