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Walker to sign bill in Weston legalizing concealed switchbladesSubmitted: 02/05/2016
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign a bill that would allow people to carry concealed switchblades and knives.

The governor plans to the sign the measure Saturday afternoon at the National Rifle Association and Wisconsin FORCE's annual convention in Weston. Wisconsin FORCE, or Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators, is an NRA-chartered association that advocates for the right to bear arms.


Manufacturing, selling, transporting, purchasing or possessing a switchblade has been illegal in Wisconsin for decades. The Republican-authored bill eliminates the prohibition as well as permits anyone who can legally possess a gun to carry concealed knives of any length without a concealed carry license. The bill also bars local governments from enacting knife regulations stricter than state law.

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EAGLE RIVER - Hockey teams from all over the country descended upon Eagle River today.

This morning kicked off the annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey, Pond Hockey Championships on Dollar Lake.

This is the 11th year Eagle River hosted the event.

"I think today is going great. We couldn't have asked for a better day. Weather wise it's sunny but it's still cold. The ice is holding up. Games are rolling. It looks like they are having a great time," says Tournament Director Katie Holmgren.

Nearly 2000 players will take to the ice on the lake this weekend.

There is no parking allowed on the lake this year and area streets have been turned one way to support the extra parking needed.

Last year's ice conditions forced the championships to relocate to the Eagle River Derby Track. Not so much this year.

"We are really really excited to be back on the lake. It was great that we could host the event. We didn't have to cancel last year, but, it is really nice to be back on the pond, says Holmgren.

Preparations for this year's event started just about this time last year.

The Championships run through Sunday.

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This is the 5th year Treehaven has hosted the five and 10k races.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/05/2016

- Tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following boys basketball games:

D.C. Everest vs. Wausau West

Antigo vs. Mosinee

Rhinelander vs. Tomahawk

Marshfield vs. Merrill

That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll have this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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