PHILLIPS - Embrace Sexual Violence Program Coordinator Becky Steinbach says the Northwoods has the highest sexual violence rate in the entire state.
"I think it's a hidden crime still," Steinbach says. "I think that we want to believe that this is not going on. But it is. We know the numbers; we see it happening at such a high rate."
Steinbach says people no longer pay attention to awareness ribbons. Therefore, Embrace teamed up with SaLona Head to Toe Salon in Philips to use teal-colored hair extensions instead of ribbons to raise awareness about the problem.
"We thought it would be a good partnership, especially because people come in and they talk to their stylist… they tell them their stories," said Steinbach.
Stylist Josie Teeters says the extensions can't be ignored, and she hopes sexual violence won't be either.
"It's bright!" Teeters says of the hair extensions. "I mean, it's right in your face when you're talking to someone. They can't ignore it."
Owner of SaLona Lona Kempen says it's more than just a piece of hair.
"I had a co-worker whose mom was shot and killed and she was abused. She went through a horrific situation," said Kempen.
Steinbech has seen more sexual violence cases this year in Price County than in all of 2016. However, she hopes this awareness will help.
"We're hoping that it's not an increased issue, but that people are just more aware now and are reporting it more often," said Steinbech.
In 2016, Embrace provided supportive services to 372 sexual assault survivors, a 68 percent increase compared to 2015.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
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