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Gov. Walker signs bill designed to help generate job growthSubmitted: 03/13/2013
Story By The Associated Press

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that lays out millions of dollars for job training grants and creates a new database to help job seekers find openings.

The measure makes $15 million available for job training grants over the next two years. Public and private organizations may be required to provide matching funds for the grants, which could be used to train both new and current employees.

The state Department of Workforce Development will administer the grants. The agency also will create the database by next year to help fill jobs in high-demand areas more quickly.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday during a visit to Jay Manufacturing Oshkosh, a metal fabricating company in Oshkosh.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/27/2015

- Northern Wisconsin has the worst roads in the state, but the money for big road projects goes to southeastern Wisconsin. Why?

- What will the Governor's budget proposal mean for the authority of the Natural Resources Board in Wisconsin?

- And a city in the Northwoods has helped a girl raise the funds to make her NASCAR debut this weekend.

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

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RHINELANDER - An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of five people in Rhinelander earlier this week.

Investigators believe 40-year-old Michael Steinmetz, Jr. and 38-year-old Jaime Rickert were making meth in their Rhinelander apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Steinmetz admitted to investigators that he made meth and dumped the waste in the toilet in his apartment.

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MADISON - Wisconsin private investigators might lose a tool they value within the next few months.

A state Senate committee will likely advance a bill within weeks to ban the use of many GPS tracking devices on cars.

The bill is designed to prevent stalking, but private investigators would lose the ability to use the tool in their work, too.

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LAONA - The state's Natural Resources Board (NRB) plays a major role in shaping how Wisconsin interacts with the natural world.

It's done that since its creation in the 1920s.

Now, Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip the citizen board of much of its power as part of his state budget proposal.

The NRB makes decisions on big issues like deer, wolf, and bear management, buying large pieces of state land, and fighting invasive species.

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WESLACO, TEXAS - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border without addressing questions being raised about his stance on immigration.

The likely Republican presidential contender remained invisible to reporters on Friday during a visit that could have given him a chance to spotlight illegal immigration and border security.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's attempt to ban same-sex marriages will cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that an agreement announced Friday calls for the state to pay the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented eight gay and lesbian couples who sued to overturn Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Since the couples won their lawsuit, the ACLU can recover legal costs.

The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the appeal after the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had already struck down Wisconsin's ban.

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IRON COUNTY - Gogebic Taconite made official its decision to stop pursuing a mine in northern Wisconsin.

This week, the company withdrew its preapplication for an iron mine east of Mellen.

GTAC closed its Hurley office last month.

The proposed mine drew protests from people concerned about the environmental impact it could have.

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