MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's administration has warned the Forest County Potawatomi tribe that it could lose about 2,000 slot machines if it succeeds in withholding its $25 million annual payment to the state.
The Potawatomi say they're withholding the money because the state may end up owing the tribe money if Walker approves the Menominee tribe's proposed Kenosha casino. The Potawatomi fear a Kenosha casino would significantly cut into their Milwaukee casino profits.
The administration's attorney sent the Potawatomi a letter in July warning the tribe its stance could invalidate the tribe's 2003 compact amendment. The tribe's 1998 compact agreement would then slide back into effect, limiting the tribe to offering only 1,000 electronic games in Milwaukee. A 2012 state report says the tribe offers 3,104 electronic games at the facility.
Students help incoming freshmen feel comfortable about starting high school
RHINELANDER - Starting high school can be scary for incoming freshmen. One Northwoods high school wanted to help freshman before they start school.
Rhinelander High School held their freshman orientation Thursday. New students got the chance to do team building, get their Chromebooks and tour the school.
Juniors and seniors were there to help the freshmen.
"I think it helps them feel a little bit more comfortable with the high school surroundings," says Junior Emily Ditzler. "You know, walking in on the first day of high school you're not sure where to go. But orientation helps them know exactly where their classes are 'cause they get their schedules right now, and they can become familiar with the teachers and with their homerooms."
ANTIGO - The School District of Antigo will see a lot of new faces this fall.
The district hired 26 new teachers this year.
They lost so many teachers last year because of retirements and teachers leaving for bigger districts.
The district can't always pay as much as larger ones, especially specialty teachers like special education or science.
"We've tended overall on average to be in the middle of the pack but at some levels we're falling behind," says Antigo School District Interim District Administrator Don Childs. "Particularly in areas of high need and specialty. You'll find there are districts that are willing to pay premiums for and that sometimes draws people as well away from another district."
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says complacency and fatigue among Republican voters is one of his biggest concerns as he faces re-election in less than 10 weeks.
Walker addressed his concerns Friday on WTMJ-AM when asked about a poll released on Wednesday indicating that Democrats were more enthused about the upcoming election that Republicans. Walker calls that ``one of my biggest concerns.''
The Marquette University Law School poll showed the race between Walker and Democrat Mary Burke to be a dead heat, both among registered and likely voters.
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