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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/27/2015
- Northern Wisconsin has the worst roads in the state, but the money for big road projects goes to southeastern Wisconsin. Why?

- What will the Governor's budget proposal mean for the authority of the Natural Resources Board in Wisconsin?

- And a city in the Northwoods has helped a girl raise the funds to make her NASCAR debut this weekend.

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

LAONA - The state's Natural Resources Board (NRB) plays a major role in shaping how Wisconsin interacts with the natural world.

It's done that since its creation in the 1920s.

Now, Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip the citizen board of much of its power as part of his state budget proposal.

The NRB makes decisions on big issues like deer, wolf, and bear management, buying large pieces of state land, and fighting invasive species.

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RHINELANDER - An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of five people in Rhinelander earlier this week.

Investigators believe 40-year-old Michael Steinmetz, Jr. and 38-year-old Jaime Rickert were making meth in their Rhinelander apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Steinmetz admitted to investigators that he made meth and dumped the waste in the toilet in his apartment.

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ANTIGO - A Northcentral Wisconsin school might need to let staff go and increase class sizes next school year.

But a lot of the Unified School District of Antigo's budget next year is uncertain.

The school could lose a lot of funding if the Governor's proposed budget is passed, and that won't be voted on until this summer.

The first year of the budget would also cut $150 of state aid for each student in a district.

To the Unified School District of Antigo, that adds up to about $370,000.

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PHILLIPS - The Badgers won't be the only ones hoping for a championship win. Two girls at Phillips Middle School are on their way to earn a different title.

"I was really surprised when I won it," said Phillips 6th grader Trinity Pesko. "I was just like so happy because I didn't even know it existed until class started."

Trinity competed in the National Geographic State Bee in Madison Friday. But she's not the only one headed to Madison competing for a top prize.

"We've showed our school that even from small towns, kids like this can go to a state spelling bee," said Phillips 6th grader Preethi Muruganandan.

Preethi beat out other students to qualify for the Badger State Spelling Bee held on Saturday.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

WESLACO, TEXAS - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border without addressing questions being raised about his stance on immigration.

The likely Republican presidential contender remained invisible to reporters on Friday during a visit that could have given him a chance to spotlight illegal immigration and border security.

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MADISON - Wisconsin private investigators might lose a tool they value within the next few months.

A state Senate committee will likely advance a bill within weeks to ban the use of many GPS tracking devices on cars.

The bill is designed to prevent stalking, but private investigators would lose the ability to use the tool in their work, too.

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FON DU LAC - A 61-year-old Kenosha man has been arrested in connection with the nearly 25-year-old murder of a Sturtevant woman whose body was found in a ditch weeks after she disappeared.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink told Gannett Wisconsin Media (http://fondul.ac/1H7vmsu ) that the man was arrested in Berit Beck's killing after he made an appearance on an unrelated charge in Kenosha County.

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MADISON - A Milwaukee man has pleaded guilty to threatening Gov. Scott Walker's adult son on Twitter.

Online court records show Robert Peffer pleaded guilty Friday to four misdemeanor counts of using a computer to send threatening or obscene messages.

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