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Walker signs GPS anti-tracking billSubmitted: 07/01/2015
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people.

The measure makes placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.

The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking company vehicles.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill to end Wisconsin's classroom SAGE program.

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VILAS COUNTY - Paul Rosenow's fishing line swishes as it whips back and forth, then into the waters of a Vilas County trout stream.

He's been fishing trout since he was eight years old. It's a lifelong hobby made easier thanks to the work of USDA Wildlife Services.

"These guys are doing a fantastic job in taking care of these beaver dams," Rosenow says.

About an hour before, he had heard the booming blast from a few miles away. That was Wildlife Services using one of its methods to "take care" of a beaver dam.

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NORTHWOODS - Our nation celebrates its independence in three days. People in the Northwoods are planning how they want to view fireworks. Will they buy their own, or will they see a community show?

Peter Anderson has been a fireworks organizer for the city of Eagle River for several years.

"We've been doing it for a long time," he said. "We hire a fireworks company to come in and do it every year for us. It's just kind of a tradition to celebrate the 4th of July."

Many communities in the Northwoods put on firework displays. And those displays can cost quite a bit of money.

"Right around $9000 is what we spend in Eagle River," said Anderson. "It all goes right towards the fireworks. Everything else is volunteer; we get the land donated to us, we get everybody's time donated to us, and all of the money goes directly towards the fireworks."

Anderson says a big reason his community does a display is so people can celebrate on the fourth safely.

"I'm on the fire department; that's one of the reasons why I got involved with it was to have a nice big community firework display so that people don't have to do their own displays," said Anderson.

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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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MADISON - Married couples would benefit the most under a Republican-authored tax plan that's to be added to the state budget on Thursday.

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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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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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