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Gov. Walker unveils economic development agenda for fall sessionSubmitted: 09/25/2013
Gov. Walker unveils economic development agenda for fall session
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MADISON - Tuesday, Governor Walker and legislative leaders unveiled eight economic development bills.

Governor Walker says they will go "an awful long way" to helping him fulfill his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.

They say those bills are priorities for the Legislature to pass yet this year.

The measures cost the state $8.5 million through mid-2015.

The proposals include creating a program to help low-income people in areas with high unemployment find work and increasing spending on apprenticeship programs.

Another would invest $4 million on vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca dismisses the proposals as insignificant and won't put a lot of people back to work.

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The Oneida County Board took a vote on proposed changes in the county's mining ordinances. We'll bring you the details and the results of the vote.

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And we'll introduce you to the new executive director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce and get her feelings on her new position.


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ONEIDA COUNTY - The excessive amount of rain last weekend not only damaged roadways and private property, but wildlife management areas as well.

Blocked or washed out culverts and roadways on state land limit access to areas used often by people.

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WOODRUFF - S'mores, sleeping bags, and firewood are usually at the top of people's camping checklist.

A recent law change made it legal to move firewood but the DNR still hopes people don't.

Since 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources banned bringing your own firewood to a state property, unless you live 10 miles or closer to the property.

"[The ban is] to attempt to prevent the spread of invasive diseases and insects that can have a detrimental impact on our forests," said DNR State Forest Team Leader Tom Shockley.

He says currently, the entire state of Wisconsin in now quarantined for the invasive species emerald ash bore and gypsy moth, meaning it's no longer illegal to move wood across county lines.

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RHINELANDER - You need to really get outside into nature to truly appreciate it.  That's what Oneida County hopes you experience walking through its new pollinator garden behind the courthouse, which is close to completion.

Workers from Hanson's Garden Village laid out the key part to getting you into that garden along Baird Avenue on Tuesday.  The gravel walkway allows water to drain into the soil, preventing runoff into the street.

A $1,500 Wisconsin Public Service Foundation grant paid for almost all of the walkway, which will lead through the garden to a picnic table.

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SAWYER COUNTY - Authorities have attributed another death in Wisconsin to the storms that caused widespread flooding in the Upper Midwest.

The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office says severe thunderstorms toppled a large oak tree onto a camper on Lake Chetac, killing a man inside and injuring a woman and two young children Sunday.

The man is identified as 55-year-old James Pluff, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Sheriff's officials say the woman and children suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital in Rice Lake.

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RHINELANDER - It took The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce just two days to replace its executive director. Lauren Sackett took over the position Monday.Maggie Steffen announced her resignation Saturday after less than two years on the job.

Sackett was the event coordinator at the chamber. She has worked under three different directors since 2014.

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RHINELANDER - Fourteen years later and a family of superheroes are back on the big screen, but Incredibles 2 is also sparking some concerns. 

After the movie's box office opening, movie theaters like Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander got a letter from Disney. 

"There's some elements of the story with some of the characters, like the villain in particular, where they identify that there could be concern because of some of the strobing effects that are used," said Rouman Cinema owner George Rouman.

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