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Walker proposes plan to help fund Bucks arena Submitted: 01/27/2015

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the state will help the Milwaukee Bucks pay for a new basketball arena with $220 million in bonds that would be paid for by projected growth in income taxes from NBA players.

Walker said Tuesday the "Pay Their Way" proposal would protect the state's taxpayers while keeping the team in Milwaukee. A new arena could cost roughly $500 million.

New owners bought the team in April and have promised to contribute $150 million toward the new arena. Former owner and ex-U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl has promised $100 million of his own money to help replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Walker says Bucks players and visiting teams generate about $6.5 million currently, but that total is expected to grow.

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WOODRUFF - Some of last year's hunting rules changes could become permanent.

Many of the new rules were just temporary, but some could stick around.

Last year, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board allowed temporary rule changes for the season.

Those changes came out of the Deer Trustee Report, but they'll expire this year.

Now, the DNR wants to hear from the public before permanent rules go into effect.

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ASPEN - The Neillsville snowboarder that Newswatch 12 featured this week raced Thursday in the Winter X-Games.
Daina Shilts finished second in first ever Unified Snowboarding dual slalom race at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
10 Special Olympic athletes teamed up with 10 winter-x game participants for the snowboard race.
Shilts was paired with 2006 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Teter.

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MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School Nordic skier will head to Sweden to compete in the Nations Cup.

Seventeen year-old Mack FitzPatrick will be a part of the United States under-18 team.

FitzPatrick treats Nordic skiing as not only a year-round sport but a lifetime sport.

"Pretty much been skiing my entire life," FitzPatrick said. "I've been on the Lakeland ski team all throughout high school and middle school teams. It's been a part of my life."

He trains hard outside of ski season.

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THREE LAKES - The Three Lakes football team will look a little different starting in the fall.

That's because they will be playing with 11 players instead of eight.

The school board unanimously approved the decision last week.

The change will put Three Lakes back into the Northern Lakes Conference, which means the Bluejays won't have to travel out of the way just to play football.

They will get to play more local teams like Crandon and Wabeno-Laona.

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MERRILL - A Northwoods program wants all kids to stay active.

Special Needs Athletic Playtime or SNAP gives special needs kids in Merrill a chance to run and play with their friends after school.

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The winner, well, he didn't even qualify until this afternoon.

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So what went wrong?

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DALLAS - The Big Ten conference capped off its football season with a national championship Monday night, when Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20.

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That game will determine who goes to this year's Super Bowl.

The NFC Championship will be a matchup between the top two seeds in the NFC.

Green Bay will play in a tough environment.

Seattle is known for having the loudest fans in the league, but the Packers are looking forward to the challenge.

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