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Johnson to use campaign funds for legal billsSubmitted: 05/14/2014
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MADISON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he'll use campaign funds to pay for his legal challenge to a part of the federal health care overhaul law that pays health care costs for congressional members and their staff.

Johnson's spokeswoman Melinda Whitemarsh Schnell says the Republican will pay legal fees when bills are submitted. The lawsuit Johnson filed in January has proved divisive even among fellow Republicans and others in Washington.

Schnell responded Tuesday to accusations by a liberal watchdog group that Johnson didn't file everything required by campaign finance laws.

One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross says Johnson should report details of an agreement with his attorney from the nonprofit Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Ross says he plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.





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Local businesses profit from Tomahawk Fall Ride Submitted: 09/14/2014

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TOMAHAWK - Most motorcyclists left Tomahawk after an eventful weekend, but some still stuck around Sunday to shop. That really boost business for stores downtown.

You could find bikers shopping up and down Wisconsin Street all Sunday. Tomahawk Surplus Store has been in business for 58 years. The co-owner, Jim Wise, has seen the 33rd Tomahawk Fall Ride start from the beginning. He also knows which stores profit from the event and which don't.

"If you have a flower shop, you probably won't do as well, but the money is in the community. What I noticed is that it really helps the non-profit organizations, said Wise. "A lot of their annual fundraising in two or three days here, which is helpful for them. The money stays in the region and it supports their cause or events."

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Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low pricesSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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EAU CLAIRE - Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.

State projections call for corn yields of 162 bushels per acre. That's up 16 bushels per acre from last year.

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Wisconsin grape harvest starting slowlySubmitted: 09/14/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin vineyards are beginning to gather their grapes, and growers say they've seen better harvests.

Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks. They also expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.

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Northwoods man raising money to help accident victim go to school, live a normal lifeSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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RHINELANDER - An accident can change someone's life in a matter of seconds. A Northwoods teen had to put his job, school, and friends on hold after he was hit head on by a car.

Joey Balocca didn't know his life would change when he got on his motorcycle to drive home last summer.

"It was about 10:30 at night. I was coming home from my girlfriend's birthday. Then, out of nowhere a suburban pulled out and hit me head on. It came right into my lane," says Balocca. "My leg was basically crushed between my bike and the suburban."

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Family makes first step to help build their new homeSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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RHINELANDER - Oneida and Vilas County need programs like Habitat for Humanity to help families in need. It can be difficult to live in a nice home in those counties. Sunday, one Rhinelander family took the first step to build their new home.

This is one small step for the Bohn family's new home.

"It's very surreal. Everything is surreal that it's finally happening. It's very awesome. I'm very excited about it," said Greg Bohn.

This will be the 19th home Habitat for Humanity Northwoods Affiliate has put in the Vilas and Oneida County. They're trying to give families who want nicer homes, but can't afford it and give them options to choose from.

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Preventing Lyme Disease in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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MINOCQUA - Lyme Disease can be dangerous if you don't treat it. The faster you know you have it, the better chance you have at getting rid of it. The only way to do that is to know what symptoms to look out for.

That's why Jillayne and Jeff Waite of Arbor Vitae talked to a group of people at the Church of the Pines in Minocqua Sunday. Their daughter was diagnosed with Lyme Disease 11 years ago. They then were bitten by a infected tick a couple years after she was diagnosed, but they were able to catch it in time.

"I've had it twice, but I caught it early. Thanks to my daughter, with what we've learn after going through all of this with my daughter, we know the symptoms to look for and what action to take if we see those symptoms," said Lyme Disease Awareness Network Co-Founder Jeff Waite.

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3 hurt in 2 motorcycle crashSubmitted: 09/14/2014

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LINCOLN COUNTY - A two motorcycle crash put three people in the hospital. The crash happened on County Highway A in Lincoln County just after 9:20 Sunday morning.

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