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Evers to propose spending on rural dental careSubmitted: 02/11/2019
Evers to propose spending on rural dental care
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers says he plans to propose spending more than $43 million over the next two years to expand access to dental care in Wisconsin, particularly in under-served rural areas.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported Monday that more than $16 million is targeted to increase reimbursement rates for dental providers who see patients on Medicaid.

The governor's proposal also includes creating a "dental therapist licensure," allowing for a midlevel dental provider to address a shortage of providers across Wisconsin.

More than 200 dentists are estimated to be needed in Wisconsin for high shortage areas.

Evers also wants to allocate $60,000 each of the next two years to pay for loan repayments of dentists who opt to serve rural areas. He also wants to spend nearly $1.3 million more on grants for dental clinics that serve low-income patients.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/23/2019

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


The attorney for Robin Mendez today tried to convince the jury that another man, one who was upset with Mendez's wife, could have been the one who killed her back in 1982. You'll hear some of the testimony from a witness who may have seen that man the night of the murder.

Some Rhinelander residents have been without phone, internet and cable services for about 2 weeks, and they want some answers from Frontier. We'll bring you the details and talk with some of those frustrated customers.

And we'll talk to a Stevens Point state senator about a proposed bill that would ban what its authors are calling "selective abortions."


We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Robin Mendez's attorney tried to shift blame for Barbara Mendez's murder to another man Tuesday. 

Attorney Peter Prusinski called four final witnesses, some who saw a man at the credit union who may have been Thomas Boze on the night of the murder. 

Thomas Boze was at the Park City Credit Union the day Barbara Mendez was killed. Prosecutors don't dispute that. 

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MERCER - The five current and former Mercer school board members charged with class I felonies will not face jail time after their charges were dropped.

Denise Thompson, Kelly Kohegyi, Noel Brandt, Micki Holmstrom, and Deanna Pierpont all appeared in court for the first time and learned Monday that all of their charges were dismissed.

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MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers says he will veto a Republican-authored bill that could send doctors to prison for life if they fail to give medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt.

The Democratic Evers tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Tuesday that he won't sign the bill because of existing protections and criminal penalties in state law.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Robin Mendez's defense attorney argued there's not enough physical evidence to convict his client of murder. 

Mendez is on trial for killing his wife Barbara in 1982.

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RHINELANDER - At Monday's common council meeting in Rhinelander, multiple city employees spoke about their concerns regarding what they call a hostile work environment.

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RHINELANDER - One of the five Rhinelander employees who signed a letter of no confidence against City Administrator Daniel Guild submitted her letter of resignation on Monday.

Guild's assistant, Stephanie Rajnicek cited ongoing conflict, tension, and concerns about her future for resigning.

Her last day will be Friday, May 10th.

Rajnicek joined City Clerk Val Foley, Deputy Clerk Mary Stoll, Utility Billing Clerk Beth Mannikko, and Public Works Director Tim Kingman in signing the letter.  It was submitted during a city council meeting on March 11.

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