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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/30/2016
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Donald Trump has hired Congressman Sean Duffy's chief of staff to be state director of the Trump campaign in Wisconsin.

We'll show you how some people in Stevens Point are making artwork out of construction barrels.

And traffic will increase significantly this holiday weekend. We'll give you tips on what to watch out for if you're headed out on the highways.

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

EAGLE RIVER - The Vilas County Sheriff's Office hopes that new DNA evidence will give them a better lead on a homicide case.

47-year-old Luann Beckman was found dead in the woods in Phelps on May 17, and investigators are still looking for help.

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RHINELANDER - Big items on the grocery list this weekend include watermelon, brats, and hot dogs, but what about all the preparation that goes into stocking those items at the store?

Trig's Smokehouse and Grocery Store in Rhinelander have to take a lot of time to get ready for Fourth of July weekend.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Tourists will flock to the Northwoods to celebrate the 4th of July. But with more people means more chances for traffic jams and accidents.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office wants people to be alert when they're driving this holiday weekend.

They also expect more people to be driving north for the start of Hodag Country Fest.

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EAGLE RIVER - Some people in Eagle River worry the road in front of the Northland Pines schools is not in good condition. But the city doesn't have the money to fix Pleasure Island Road.

The city applied for two grants to pay for the repairs, but it was rejected for both.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Lawyers are set to make closing arguments Thursday in a federal suit over Wisconsin election laws.

Liberal groups have challenged laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson planned to listen to closing arguments Thursday.

Peterson has promised to make a ruling by the end of July.

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ELLSWORTH, WI - Jurors have acquitted a woman accused of texting before a 2013 crash that killed her daughter and two nieces in western Wisconsin.

The jury deliberated less than two hours Wednesday before finding 35-year-old Kari Jo Milberg of Centuria not guilty on all counts.

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MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, MI - The life of a nickel-and-copper mine in the Upper Peninsula would be extended a year to 2023 if the owner taps a mineral deposit that was discovered in 2014.

Eagle East is about 1 1/2 miles east of Eagle Mine in Marquette County's Michigamme Township.

The owner, Lundin Mining of Toronto, says there could be more than 1 million tons of mineral resources at Eagle East. Matt Johnson, Eagle Mine manager of external relations, says Eagle East adds value.

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- A federal judge has blocked a new Indiana law that bans abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt released a ruling Thursday that grants the preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The law was to set to take effect Friday.

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