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Rhinelander Plastic Bag Recycling Project Off to a Strong Start

In just two weeks, a program in Rhinelander has collected more than 350 pounds of plastic bags for recycling. Those bags will be transformed into a composite bench in the city. Emily Popp, who works at Mel’s Trading Post in Rhinelander, is organizing a five-month project to collect people’s bags for recycling through a program called Trex. “A lot of people have a cupboard full of them or a space in their garage where they just have plastic bags on top of plastic bags because you can’t throw...

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Michigan has extended by five weeks a pandemic order requiring masks in public, limiting capacity inside businesses and capping gathering sizes.

The measure announced Friday replaces one that had been due to expire Monday.

It includes one change. Children ages 2 to 4 in day care facilities or camps are no longer exempt from having to wear masks, starting April 26.

In Friday's WXPR midday news:

  • What to do with all those plastic grocery bags? A Rhinelander project has a recycling solution.
  • Contractor tax fraud in Wisconsin may be more severe than you might expect.
  • Eagle River now has an ordinance regulating shipping containers.
  • Wisconsin's unemployment rate remains far below that of the rest of the country.

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  A new report shows Wisconsin's unemployment rate held steady at 3.8% in March, far below the national rate of 6%. The state Department of Workforce Development released a report Thursday that found the state added 12,900 total non-farm and 11,100 private-sector jobs from February to March. Wisconsin is still down 129,000 jobs from March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic seized the state. The state unemployment rate then was 3.3%.

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  Democrat Tom Nelson says he has raised nearly $264,000 in the first three months of the year in his bid for the U.S. Senate, about a quarter of what challenger Alex Lasry brought in over six weeks. Nelson, the Outagamie County executive, has cast himself as the financial underdog in the race. He facest Lasry, a Milwaukee Bucks executive and son of a billionaire, and state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, who is married to a millionaire. They are all running for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who has yet to say whether he will seek a third term next year.

Wisconsin DOJ Makes Crime Lab Improvements

Apr 16, 2021
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  If you are the victim of a crime, you want testing of that evidence to come back fast. According to the state Department of Justice, some of that evidence is coming back quickly but some is taking years.

The DOJ released a data report for 2020 that lists improvements made to three state labs, including Wausau, to improve DNA testing and provide updated equipment.

When it comes to rape kits and identifying criminals, this can make a big difference. One area the testing is lagging is drugs and Attorney General Josh Kaul says they have noticed a rise in fentanyl.

Wisconsin Faces Pandemic-Induced Chicken Wing Shortage

Apr 16, 2021
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  First it was a shortage of cleaning supplies, then toilet paper, and now one of the most eaten foods on your game day table could be hard to come by.

It's not the breast or the thigh, but the wing. A shortage of them is being seen in the US. The biggest factor being the pandemic.

"COVID sicknesses that we had at the processing plant, so we just had a backlog of these animals that weren't able to get in to get butchered and because of that we were then using from our frozen supplies or our storage supplies," said Marathon County UW-Extension Dairy Agent Heather Schlesser.

DPI Encourages Students to Become Teachers

Apr 16, 2021

  The state of Wisconsin is dealing with a shortage of teachers and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is trying to help.

It is partnering with teach.org to highlight current teachers and draw new ones into the profession who would then stay and teach in the Badger state.

It has announced a new campaign aimed at students to try and help.

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In just two weeks, a program in Rhinelander has collected more than 350 pounds of plastic bags for recycling.

Those bags will be transformed into a composite bench in the city.

Emily Popp, who works at Mel’s Trading Post in Rhinelander, is organizing a five-month project to collect people’s bags for recycling through a program called Trex.

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Shipping containers being brought into Eagle River appear not to have any regulations but that will change after the city council adopted specifications last week where they will be, and not be, allowed.

A draft ordinance was reviewed previously by the city plan commission with concerns over lack of setback requirements is some zoning districts, how many could be on one property, used for habitation, and if they were taxable as personal property or real property.

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