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Texting Champion Stresses Dangers of Texting and DrivingSubmitted: 03/08/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

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THREE LAKES - Every year, more than 100,000 car crashes could be prevented if people weren't texting while driving.

Teen drivers are especially at risk.

But in Three Lakes today, a group worked to get high schoolers to never text and drive.

Three Lakes senior Austin Wierschke has won national speed texting championships in New York two years in a row.

But he knows one place not to text.

"I text in all of these ridiculous scenarios, but I wouldn't be ridiculous enough to text and drive. It poses such a devastating threat to you and others on the road," he says.

Car crashes are the largest killer of teens.

Adding text messaging to their distractions only makes the road more dangerous.

"They don't have the experience developed like you or I would have, but they're also engaging in so many distracted activities, and all of that doesn't mix for a good combination," says Major Sandy Huxtable of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Students got to try a texting and driving simulator to see how dangerous it can be.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/30/2014

- The Wisconsin Wetlands Association recently released a new book helping people understand how to care for and protect Wisconsin's wetlands. We visit a Northwoods wetland to find out how people can protect wetlands in our area.

- Plus, Richard Branson recently announced some of his employees at Virgin Airlines will get unlimited holiday vacation time. He's hoping that would increase productivity and keep employees at the company longer, but leaders at Nicolet Staffing in Rhinelander says that won't work here. Find out the details on why unlimited holiday vacation would only work for global companies.

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

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Update-Inmate captured after failing to return to jailSubmitted: 09/30/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - An inmate who didn't return to jail from Huber release will now get a chance to think about his mistake.

The Marathon County Sheriff's department confirms inmate Tommie Rothenberger has been captured.

He was found in Waupaca County around 5:30 last night.

Rothenberger was let out of the Marathon County Jail Friday morning to go to school at Northcentral Technical College.

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Put on your dancing shoes! Rhinelander is offering a ballroom dancing classSubmitted: 09/30/2014

RHINELANDER - Do you have a wedding or social event coming up... but feel like you have two left feet?
Well, there's still time to learn some fancy footwork of your own.

The Rhinelander Community Education program will be holding a ballroom class next Tuesday, October 7th. You can come alone or as a couple, but you must register beforehand. The instructor will go over the basics of swing, waltz and polka.

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Domestic violence deaths total close to one person a week in WisconsinSubmitted: 09/30/2014

MADISON - 55 people in Wisconsin died last year from domestic violence.

The organization End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin looked at the numbers. They found the following statistics:


- About one person every week died from domestic violence in 2013. 39 of the deaths were homicide victims.

-12 abusers took their own lives.

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Wisconsin DNR reports $11.7m in timber salesSubmitted: 09/29/2014

WISCONSIN - The state Department of Natural Resources says Wisconsin saw record timber sales from state lands during the last fiscal year.

DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong says timber sales totaled $11.71 million during the year that ended June 30. That's up from $10.8 million during fiscal year 2013.

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Learning in Retirement program offers variety of classes for retireesSubmitted: 09/29/2014

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Retiring in the Northwoods can be a great option for some people.

A local college wants to serve the community by offering classes for retirees.

Nicolet College's Learning in Retirement program offers everything from science classes to a tour of the WJFW studio.

"Learning is something, it becomes a passion to people. They've experienced it all through their lives. But it doesn't stop, we believe, at retirement," says Learning in Retirement past president Edward Lee.

Students in the Learning in Retirement program had the chance to learn more about Ojibwe culture.

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FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control centerSubmitted: 09/29/2014

CHICAGO - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week.

The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

Authorities say a contract employee started a fire Friday at regional control center in suburban Aurora and then attempted to commit suicide. More than 2,000 flights were canceled that day at O'Hare and Midway international airports, disrupting travel nationwide.

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