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Marathon Co. Jail Reported to be Dangerously UnderstaffedSubmitted: 03/31/2013
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WAUSAU - This week we told you about two Marathon County corrections officers attacked by an inmate. Now the Wausau Daily Herald says a consultants' report concluded the Marathon County Jail was so understaffed that employees could be in danger.

This report came out six years ago. This week, staffing was even lower at the time the inmate attacked the officers.

The Daily Herald report quotes Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger as saying he doesn't think staffing levels contributed to Wednesday's attack.

The 2007 report says Marathon County's staff-to-inmate ratio was too low to appropriately manage inmates.

The inmate attack Wednesday left a 36-year-old female guard hospitalized in critical condition.

We'll be at a press conference Tuesday morning to bring you an update on the situation.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/26/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll take you live to the Vilas County Courthouse for day 3 of the trial for 36-year-old Rodney Teets who is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at knife point in July 2015.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness wants to work with landlords to help people get back on their feet. We talk to the housing program team leader about a meeting coming up in Rhinelander that will allow landlords to share information that can help the homeless find places to rent.

And we talk with The Forest County Health Department director about a program that is encouraging people to limit their time with TV, computers, iPhones and other types of screens for a week.

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

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WISCONSIN - Turkey season began last week and hunters have a new option for what they can do with the turkeys they shoot.

The DNR started a turkey donating program this year.

You can donate turkey's to three processors in the southern half of the state.

"A little bit further south of here in areas where there's usually a lot of deer donations and a lot of turkey shot so that we can try and get some good participation for the first year," said DNR's Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Holtz.

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RHINELANDER -

Nothing gets the competitive juices flowing like racing to fix a car's fuse box. Nicolet College in Rhinelander hosted 12 Northwoods high schools for some friendly competition with a specific goal in mind.

The competitions varied from auto skills to welding to even cupcake baking. The goal was for students to begin thinking about college.

"Getting to see the inner workings of a vehicle, getting to work and learn at the same time, it makes me think more about college and what I want to do with my future," said Crandon sophomore, Kegan Wilson.

Nearly 100 students participated from schools like Rhinelander, Lakeland Union and Mercer. They all had to work in groups which made the students come together.

"Yeah, it's a competition against each other but at the same time, a team competition which makes it fun," said Wilson.

Over in the cupcake making competition, students enjoyed getting hand on experience in the kitchen.

"I used to watch 'Cupcake Wars' all the time and I always wanted to try it and put my skills to work for once and see how it goes," said Lakeland Union senior, Lilith Schuman.

The students also had to present their projects, which were all timed. That's another way for them to learn throughout the day.

"We also get to make our own displays to show the judges. We have to describe what we're making and how we did it, all in an hour and a half," said Schuman.

The winners from each station won a trophy and a prize bucket donated by local businesses.


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MADISON - A Republican-backed proposal that would ban the coverage of abortions for Wisconsin state workers has cleared the state Assembly Health Committee.

The panel approved the bill Wednesday on a party-line vote, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against.

It now heads to the full Assembly for consideration.

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LANSING, MI - Legislation changing the regulation of copper mines could soon become law.

Republican Sen. Tom Casperson's bill - which was enrolled Wednesday after being approved by the GOP-led House 74-35 Tuesday - would establish separate regulations for small native copper mines that developers are eyeing in the western Upper Peninsula. The bill would also not allow for local governments to regulate mining activities.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - WARNING: Some of the above video is disturbing

In late February, a Lincoln County Deputy shot and killed a man who was shooting at him.

On Tuesday, the Lincoln County District Attorney said Deputy Sam Steckbauer was justified to use deadly force.

The DA made this decision after an extensive investigation by the State's Department of Justice.

The DOJ released video taken from the squad car footage, police scanner traffic, and a 911 call that helps explain what happened that night.

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TOMAHAWK - Dealing with memory loss or caring for someone suffering with it can be challenging. 

One woman wants to make sure the Tomahawk community has a place where those people can receive the support they need.

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