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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 07/01/2015
- A pair of controversial proposals won't make it in the Wisconsin state budget. Lawmakers announced Wednesday that the $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena and the prevailing wage proposals will instead be voted on in a special session. It's progress after a month of inaction, but we'll tell you why it won't pass as it is written coming up tonight on Newswatch 12.

- Plus, one of the best ways of preserving great trout streams in the Northwoods includes taking out beaver dams. See how explosives and blasting help make that happen.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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 LOCAL NEWS

MERRILL - You can get a free cab ride when you've had too much to drink at many Northwoods bars.

It's part of the SafeRide Home Program, funded mainly by the tavern league.

About 150 people use the SafeRide Home program every month in Lincoln County.

The program's success could be one reason it will get less money from state grants.

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NORTHWOODS - A dog in Wausau died Tuesday after being locked in a car for two hours. Police say the dog had a heat stroke.

Veterinarians say dogs can overheat even if the windows are rolled down. That's because dogs are naturally warmer than humans and different breeds have hair or fur that might make the dog even hotter.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - A mother and her son will need to look for a temporary home.

A fire destroyed part of their home early Wednesday morning near Heafford Junction in Lincoln County. They weren't hurt.

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MADISON - Republicans who control the state Assembly plan to vote on the state budget next week along with a bill that would repeal prevailing wage requirements for local governments.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Republican lawmakers announced Wednesday that a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and prevailing wage proposal would be removed from the state budget.

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MADISON - More than half of Wisconsin schools will see a decline in general aid in the next school year, according to estimates from the state Department of Public Instruction.

The state budget not yet finalized would keep general school aid flat at almost $4.5 billion. But DPI says diversions of money to the Milwaukee voucher program and charter schools drop that closer to $4.3 billion.

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MILWAUKEE - Tens of thousands of people who use the Milwaukee County Transit System to reach their destinations will have to make alternative plans.

Some 750 union bus drivers, plus mechanics, are on strike after failing to reach a labor contract agreement with transit officials. The county buses deliver 150,000 passenger rides each day.

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MICHIGAN - Crews have begun measuring how much damage a ravaging insect has done to evergreen trees in northern Michigan.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest health staffers are mapping the latest outbreak of spruce budworm, which attacks balsam fir and white spruce.

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