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Assembly committee hears testimony on relaxing air pollution rulesSubmitted: 11/21/2017
Assembly committee hears testimony on relaxing air pollution rules
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The authors of a Republican bill that would dramatically relax Wisconsin's air pollution rules say the regulations are placing an undue burden on businesses.

Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Duey Stroebel told the Assembly's Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations during a public hearing Tuesday that the state regulates scores of pollutants that the federal government doesn't and the rules need to be reviewed.

Their bill would repeal any state air pollution regulations that go beyond federal regulations.

The proposal would allow the DNR to draw up new rules to regulate state pollutants but they would last only a decade.

Kremer and Stroebel said the bill would help businesses. Neither could provide a specific example of a business that has suffered because of the current regulations, however.

Committee Democrats said the bill could lead to women and children getting sick from air pollution.

The American Lung Association, Clean Wisconsin, the state Sierra Club chapter and the League of Conservation Voters have all registered against the proposal.

The American Petroleum Institute, the Wisconsin Paper Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce support it.


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DEERBROOK - You won't find classic "fish fry" cod at this popular Deerbrook spot.

Haddock takes the prize for favorite dish at Sammy's Bar and Grill.

They serve baked and deep-fried haddock, but owner Pam Jansen says it's actually the grilled version that people go for on Fridays.

Even though the fish may not be typical, the Northwood's friendliness remains.

"Seeing all the locals, and of course seeing all the new people coming out is just traditional!" says Jansen.
Sammy's also serves walleye and perch.

They serve Friday Fish Fry from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week.
Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.

According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.

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WOODRUFF - Highway 47 in Woodruff temporarily closed down this afternoon so a MedEvac helicopter could lift a man to the hospital after a snowmobile accident. 

A group of snowmobilers were on the trail next to Highway 47 just south of Walter Dr. when one of the snowmobilers hit a bump and was thrown off his sled. 

"They were all traveling the same direction, just hit one of the bumps in the trail and that's what caused everything to happen," said Woodruff Police Officer Jeremy Herrmann. 

The man was airlifted to a hospital and has unknown injuries. 

The crash happened around 4 p.m. 

Highway 47 was closed in both directions for nearly half an hour, causing a backup of cars. 

The DNR, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Minocqua Police and Fire Departments, and Woodruff Police and Fire Departments all responded.

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STELLA - A cat died in a house fire in Stella Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the call around 1:30 p.m., several miles east of Rhinelander.

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MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night.  Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.

The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.

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NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer.
Those same attractions get some people to stay here.
Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin.
A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady. 

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WISCONSIN - A central Wisconsin state representative believes smaller communities in Wisconsin should not be treated as a welcome center for sex offenders, particularly sexual violent ones.

Democrat State Representative Katrina Shankland voted for a motion in the state budget to keep sex offenders in their original counties where the crimes took place.

However, Governor Scott Walker vetoed that motion in September because it go rid of the rule that keeps offenders away from schools, churches and other places children might be.

Now, there are three new pending sexual violent offenders waiting to be placed in rural areas of Portage County even though the crimes were committed elsewhere.

Shankland is trying once again to keep these offenders in their original home counties with a budget amendment that has already passed the assembly.

However, Governor Scott Walker vetoed that motion in September to keep offenders away from schools, churches and other places children might be.

Now, there are three new pending sexual violent offenders waiting to be placed in rural areas of Portage County even though the crimes were committed elsewhere.

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