7 Things you need to know: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Published: Feb. 1, 2017 at 7:49 AM CST
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Out-the-door forecast: Temps Wednesday will be falling. Afternoon temps in the low to mid-teens. More sunshine on Thursday but temps only in the low teens.

Here are the top seven headlines in north central Wisconsin to get you out the door for this Wednesday, Feb, 1 2017:

1. President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch meets with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. It's part of an outreach effort to secure his confirmation. Some democrats are already vowing to block him saying he's not mainstream enough.

2. The acting secretary of the army has directed the army corps of engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. The announcement comes just a week after President Trump signed an executive order signaling his support for the project. Native Americans and environmentalists have been protesting the pipeline for months.

3. New safety evaluations out today for a group of electric cars and plug-in hybrids. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, two models, the Toyota Prius Prime and the Chevrolet Volt have earned the 'top safety pick' designation for crash test and crash avoidance performance. The Tesla models and BMW i3 electric cars fall short of the institute's top award. The cars are tested on impact performance and headlight strength.

4. Starting Wednesday, some lane closures mainly in the Stevens Point area. According to the Wisconsin D.O.T. You can expect lower speed limits and lane closures on I-39 north from US 10 to county road DB in Knowlton. I-39 south at points between Casimir Road and Codington Road, south of Plover, crews will be replacing guard rails. Depending on the weather, work should wrap up by the end of next week.

5. Businesses along Wausau’s Thomas Street are staying open as construction begins. Wausau public works is set to start on the Thomas street corridor this spring. The city hopes to have a contractor in place by April. Plans for a public meeting sometime in the spring are still in the works. The city is also working on a detour route.

6. Starting in April, the Green Bay Packers will be making stops in Medford and Rhinelander during their annual tailgate tour. Players, current and former along with the Packer’s president will be there to sign autographs. Tickets cost $30 and general admission tickets also will be available for $10 for each location. All of the proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

7. The winter months can make it hard to keep your skin looking nice and smooth but here's some advice:

-After washing your hands in the winter, always apply lotion.

-Put a band aid over cracked finger tips or hands.

-Don't over shower in the winter. It will only strip your skin of necessary oils.

-And try to make time in your day to moisturize at least two to three times.