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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/24/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Police departments across the U.S. are having problems recruiting officers, and North Central Wisconsin is no exception. Tonight we talk with local police departments to find out why fewer young people want to become police officers than in years past.

We talk to the Northland Pines School District Superintendent about a program that allows international students to get both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

And we'll introduce you to a Langlade County couple who want to share their passion of sled dog racing with the community.

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




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 LOCAL NEWS

ANTIGO - Two months after they went missing, two Antigo children will soon be back with their father.

Antigo Police tell us Averie and Dalton Brown have been found in Hill City, South Dakota.

They were with their mother, Cathy Brown, who was taken into custody on a warrant.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Neal McCoy doesn't take days off.  The 58-year-old country music star is in the middle of a months-long multi-state tour, which is something he's done for nearly 30 years.

But it's McCoy's daily tradition, which started one year ago, that's rejuvenated the patriotic front man more than any concert does.

"I haven't slept in for quite a while now," McCoy said with a laugh.  "I know, I'm leading this crusade, if you will."

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EAGLE RIVER - In the next couple weeks, Gov. Scott Walker will release Wisconsin's budget for the next two years. Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) thought it would be a perfect time to host listening sessions in a number of Northwoods communities. 

One of the sessions was at the Eagle River library Monday. Some people brought up the poor road conditions in the area. Tiffany says transportation funding is one of the items he will be looking at closely in the upcoming budget. 

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EAGLE RIVER - People stopped at the site of Eagle River's Ice Castle on Monday, cellphone cameras in hand. But unlike the previous week, they weren't taking pictures of the beautiful and iconic castle.

Instead, they were taking pictures of its demolition.

Warm winter weather made the Ice Castle's structure come apart--and made it a safety hazard.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

APPLETON - Authorities say a man charged a decade ago in Wisconsin with trying to kill his girlfriend's unborn child has turned up in New York.

Sheriff's officials say the U.S. Border Patrol stopped a vehicle in Malone, New York Friday because of suspicious criminal activity. Manishkumar Patel was a passenger in the vehicle.

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MILWAUKEE - The state chamber of commerce is praising Gov. Scott Walker's welfare reform proposal that would penalize low-income parents who don't work more than 80 hours a month.

But the Democratic leader of the Wisconsin state Senate says the measure shows Walker has a double standard. Senate Minority Leader Jen Shilling says Walker is creating one set of rules for working families while giving millions in tax breaks to the wealthy.

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WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longtime champion of free trade, is applauding President Donald Trump's move to pull out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Wisconsin Republican says in a statement that Trump "has followed through on his promise to insist on better trade agreements."

Ryan's statement comes after Trump signed an executive memorandum in the Oval Office Monday to leave the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact.

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MADISON - Wisconsin lottery officials say a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million is days away from expiring.

The ticket was purchased Aug. 6 at Aberg Avenue Mobil on Madison's east side. The location is also known as Kelley's Market. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball.

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