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Bill raising speed limit motors on to State SenateSubmitted: 10/26/2013
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Bill raising speed limit motors on to State Senate
MADISON - A proposal that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin's interstates to 70 mph continues to race through the Legislature.

The Assembly passed the bill earlier this month. A Senate committee plans to hold a public hearing on the measure Thursday and the full Senate could vote on it in November.

The bill would give the state Department of Transportation six months to change interstate speed limits from 65 mph to 70 mph. The agency would have to submit a study to the Legislature within a year on the feasibility of raising the limit to 70 mph on other four-lane highways.

Democratic opponents have raised safety concerns with increasing the speed limit, but backers say most people already drive that fast now anyhow.




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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A Wisconsin Rapids woman died after a car crash in Wood County Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Haven Court and Ranger Road.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department believes the woman did not wait for a truck with right of way to pass before pulling out at Pine Haven Court and Ranger Road.

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THREE LAKES - Some people might spend the day after Thanksgiving finishing off their leftovers, while others are already celebrating the next holiday's festivities with Santa.

Three Lakes celebrated its 22nd Festival of Lights Friday evening.

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"Making memories for kids is what Christmas is all about," said Brainard with a smile.

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RHINELANDER - Parents looking to get their kids out of the house during the holiday break may want to consider going to the library. 

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A provision in the state budget transferred responsibility for picking up dead deer from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Transportation.

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"We kind of see these two feasts coming together," said Devett. 

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John Danner has been organizing the big meal for more than 20 years. When he first started, he was cooking for about 50 people, now it's nearly 600. 

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MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working. 

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But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies. 

"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.

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So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. 

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