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Small Communities Struggle To Fill Demand for Physicians

Posted: 02/26/2008 - The medical community in the United States is struggling to fill a shortage of physicians in many areas. And it's a problem that's also apparent in small communities in NorthCentral Wisconsin.

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Smoke Detectors Free to Wausau Homeowners

Updated: 02/26/2008 - If you live in the City of Wausau, you can get a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge thanks to local and national grants totaling more than $15,000.

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Wisconsin Senate Votes to Outlaw Human Trafficking

Posted: 02/26/2008 - The state Senate has passed a bill that would make human trafficking a felony in Wisconsin. Anyone convicted of trafficking a person for labor, services or commercial sex would face up to $100,000 in fines and 25 years in prison.

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Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill Requiring Autism Coverage

Updated: 02/27/2008 - Insurance companies would be required to cover autism under a bill that passed the state Senate but probably will not go any further. Gov. Jim Doyle has been a strong advocate for the bill, which passed Tuesday under a 25-8 vote.

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Tribal President Calls for Greater Cooperation with Legislature

Updated: 02/26/2008 - More cooperation between tribal and state government leaders could help address health care concerns and improve economic development. That's the message delivered Tuesday to the Legislature by the president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians Robert Chicks.

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It's Confirmed: Johnny Depp is Coming to Wisconsin

Posted: 02/26/2008 - It may have been the worst kept secret in Wisconsin filmmaking history. Gov. Jim Doyle's office confirmed Tuesday that Depp will be in the state to star in "Public Enemies."

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NEW INFO: More Assistance Sought for Domtar Workers

Updated: 02/26/2008 - The state is expected to file a petition this week seeking federal assistance for the workers expected to lose their jobs when the Domtar mill is closed in Port Edwards this spring.

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Major Employer Leaving Neillsville

Updated: 02/26/2008 - A major employer in Neillsville plans to close this year and move work to Mexico. About 130 workers will eventually lose their jobs when Leeson Electric Motors Plant begins to shut down this summer.

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Advocacy Group Says Madison, Appleton Doing Fine Without Smoking

Updated: 02/26/2008 - A new report by an advocacy group pushing for a statewide smoking ban says the economies of Madison and Appleton have been doing just fine since the cities banned smoking in public places. The report finds that requests for liquor licenses there have actually increased since the smoking bans took effect.

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As Motorists Were Stranded, Wis. Traffic Cameras Collected Dust

Updated: 02/26/2008 - Traffic cameras that could have helped authorities detect a backup that stranded thousands of motorists in a snowstorm earlier in February have been in storage for years. Authorities say the cameras could have helped them understand earlier the severity of the traffic jam between Madison and Janesville.

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Wisconsin Battles Flu Outbreak

Posted: 02/25/2008 - Wisconsin is being effected with a later than usual flu outbreak and doctors are saying if you haven't gotten your flu shot there is still time.

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Gableman Won't Retract Fundraising Letter Butler Calls 'False'

Posted: 02/25/2008 - The two candidates running for the state Supreme Court sparred over a fundraising letter that says the incumbent's ruling in a case resulted in the release of a sex offender. Burnett County Circuit Judge Michael Gableman's campaign sent the letter. Gableman is running against Justice Louis Butler.

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DNR: 24 Snowmobilers Killed So Far This Winter in Wisconsin

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A state safety expert says snowmobile crashes on Wisconsin trails have killed 24 riders so far this winter, considerably more than a year ago. DNR records show Wisconsin has averaged 27 snowmobile deaths per season over the past 12 years.

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Eagle River Man Accused of Causing Boating Death to Enter Plea Monday

Updated: 02/25/2008 - A 46-year-old Eagle River man is scheduled to enter a plea Monday in connection with a boating crash that killed one woman. Prosecutors say Jeffery Habenicht was piloting a jet boat in 2006 that collided with another boat carrying several people, including 31-year-old Melissa Mann.

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