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Hearing set on request to change Wisconsin ballotSubmitted: 09/18/2014

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MADISON - A court hearing has been set for next week in the lawsuit filed by Republican legislative leaders seeking to force a change in the model ballot for the November election.

Meanwhile, the state elections board is telling local clerks to move forward with sending out absentee ballots while the lawsuit is pending.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. They argue the ballot as drafted is confusing and unfairly benefits Democrats because of how it's designed.

A hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order to stop the Government Accountability Board from prescribing use of its model ballot or stopping counties from using a different one is set for Wednesday.

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 LOCAL NEWS
Pair of trails opening after storm clean upSubmitted: 09/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - A pair of trails will open Friday in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest after weeks of storm clean up, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release Thursday.

The majority of the Flambeau Trail and the ATV 421 trail will be open.

Officials with the Forest Service say the two trails are some of the most heavily used motorized trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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Integrys auctions off property in St. Germain Submitted: 09/18/2014

ST. GERMAIN - Investors could try to grab lakefront property in St. Germain today.

Integrys is the parent company of Wisconsin Public Service.

The group sold its property in the auction.

"We don't need the property, there's no use for it and there's no sense in us hanging on to it. We've carved it into some very large lots and given now with this auction, people the opportunity to own a nice chunk of land on a really pristine, small lake," said Integrys Spokesperson Kerry Spees.

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Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation raffles neon Hodag signSubmitted: 09/18/2014

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation is holding the 2014 Neon Hodag Sign Raffle.

Your support will help in raising money to award more scholarships for RHS graduates annually.

The RASF is a non-profit charitable organization with a volunteer governing board that raises money and distributes scholarships to Rhinelander students, many of whom may not get scholarship support from other sources.

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Local youth group in danger of closingSubmitted: 09/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - A local program that gives kids a place to go after school recently lost a lot of its grant funding. Now, the Kids in Need Youth program in Rhinelander could close down by the end of the year.

Every day, more than 20 kids come to Kids in Need Center.

"Here, you can just goof off with the kids and no one will judge you because of who you are and what your past is," says 17-year-old Cody Clarke.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Latest Wisconsin job numbers come outSubmitted: 09/18/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin's private sector job growth is 33rd nationwide and behind the national average.

New data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private-sector job growth in Wisconsin grew nearly 1.3 percent for the 12-month period ending in March.

The national average was just over 2 percent. That ranked Wisconsin 33rd compared with all 50 states.

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Wisconsin DNR says manure spill contained quickly, didn't effect drinking waterSubmitted: 09/18/2014

BRUSSELS, WI - Wisconsin officials say a 640,000-gallon manure leak at a Door County farm hasn't contaminated drinking water.

The state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the spill was contained quickly on Tuesday and crews have been pumping the waste since.

The manure leaked from an above-ground storage container at a dairy farm in Brussels.

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Wisconsin single mom poverty rate rose 2.5 percentSubmitted: 09/18/2014

WISCONSIN - A recent survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau has found poverty is increasing for single mothers in Wisconsin.

The latest American Community Survey, which focused on family homes with children under the age of 18, found 4 out of 10 single-mother households in the state were living in poverty last year. The bureau says the increase from nearly 40 percent in 2012 to 42.5 percent in 2013 is statistically significant.

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Wisconsin one of 4 states to cut food stampsSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin is one of only four states nationwide that is enacting cuts to the food stamp program.

An Associated Press review finds that as of now, the cuts will only affect Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

The decision in Wisconsin to enact the cuts comes as Republican Gov. Scott Walker is seeking re-election and considering a 2016 run for president.

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