MADISON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he'll use campaign funds to pay for his legal challenge to a part of the federal health care overhaul law that pays health care costs for congressional members and their staff.
Johnson's spokeswoman Melinda Whitemarsh Schnell says the Republican will pay legal fees when bills are submitted. The lawsuit Johnson filed in January has proved divisive even among fellow Republicans and others in Washington.
Schnell responded Tuesday to accusations by a liberal watchdog group that Johnson didn't file everything required by campaign finance laws.
One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross says Johnson should report details of an agreement with his attorney from the nonprofit Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Ross says he plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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