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Senate committee unanimously passes Lincoln Hills bill Submitted: 03/02/2017
Senate committee unanimously passes Lincoln Hills bill
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MADISON - Wisconsin lawmakers have taken their first votes on a bill to address conditions at the state's troubled youth prison since problems at the facility came to light more than a year ago.

The bipartisan bill would make it mandatory for guards at the prison to report  child abuse incidents. The Senate judiciary committee approved the bill 5-0 on Thursday, sending it on to the full Senate.

The FBI is currently investigating allegations of widespread inmate abuse at the prison outside Irma. Current and former inmates have filed two federal lawsuits demanding improvements.

Word of problems at the facility broke in December 2015 after state agents raided the prison. Democrats introduced a dozen bills as the legislative session ended last spring, but Republicans didn't allow the measures to go anywhere.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander District Library creates several programs each year for its library summer reading program. This year, the library is adding a twist to the typical craft contest.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/22/2018

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The unusual weather this spring could have an effect on how many fish you might catch this season. We talk to a local bait shop owner about the connection between the weather and the number of catchable fish that are in the water.

And we'll take you to a recycling event and tell you how you can help a local homeless shelter by bringing in old appliances.


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

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EAGLE RIVER - After a long night shift, DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz answered his phone with some anxiety early Wednesday morning.

"Oh, phone ringing at 1, 2 in the morning, this can't be good," Walz said.

That anxiety turned to excitement.

"They said they had a homeowner with a bear in a basement," Walz said.

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Long winter might affect fishSubmitted: 06/22/2018

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The unusual weather this spring may affect fishing across the Northwoods.

Cold water due to late ice-out on lakes had a negative effect on fish this spring.

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- In the last week, more than a dozen people in the Wausau area found their cars damaged or broken into.

In a span of six days, at least 17 vehicles were either keyed, had windows bashed in or had stuff stolen from them.

"Some weirdo doings some weirdo stuff that's how I look at it," said Jon Radtke who lives in the neighborhood where items were stolen from a handful of unlocked cars."It's kind of (strange) for this area. We really don't have a lot of problems in the area."

Last Friday, two vehicles parked at the East High Apartments on Street and Adams Street and three more just down the street were broken into.

"We're working on who [is doing] this," said Wausau Police Officer Brian Burkhardt.

He says a few days after the break-ins around 7th Street; he received calls of 12 cars being vandalized, nothing stolen just vandalized.

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