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Assembly passes bill to block transfering food stamp benefits for cash, alcohol or cigarettesSubmitted: 04/16/2013
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MADISON - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would penalize the trafficking of the food stamp benefits in Wisconsin.

The Republican-sponsored measure would make it illegal to buy, sell or transfer food stamp benefits for cash and other unlawful purposes such as trading stamps for alcohol or cigarettes.

Republicans say the bill would give district attorneys the necessary tools to prosecute food stamp traffickers. They say the proposal also would ensure benefits are available to those who really need them. But Democrats called the plan misguided and mean-spirited.

The Assembly passed the measure 73-24 on Tuesday, sending the bill on to the state Senate.

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- The Turtle-Flambeau was created 90 years ago when the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built the Turtle Dam. Hear from the people who manage and live on the flowage.

- Plus, we'll tell you about work that is being done on an area ATV trail.

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

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IRON COUNTY - Tucked away in southern Iron County, many people consider the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage one of Wisconsin's best kept secrets.

When the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built the Turtle Dam 90 years ago, it flooded 16 natural lakes and impounded 14,000 acres creating the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.

The company owned the land until the state bought the flowage and 114 miles of shoreline surrounding it in 1990.

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RHINELANDER - When high school senior Valarie Puza got her invitation to Rhinelander's scholarship award ceremony, she knew she had gotten some money to help pay for college.

She had no idea she would be going home with more than $30,000 in scholarship money.

$227,425 was awarded to 84 seniors at the annual ceremony.

Puza won seven scholarships, including the Gaffney Trust Future Teacher's scholarship worth $25,000.

"At first it didn't really hit me," said Puza. "But then I just thought about it, and I thought wow, that's a couple years of college paid for. And it's a good opportunity that I got any money, let alone the amount that I did."

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RHINELANDER - When police get called for an active shooter situation, they want to be sure they're prepared. Officers in Oneida County were trained to handle these crisis situations Tuesday afternoon at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

We may not see active shooter situations in northern Wisconsin often.

But events like what happened at Antigo's prom about a month ago tell officers they always need to be prepared.

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MADISON - Wisconsin employers could see another drop in unemployment insurance taxes in 2017 due to an improved economy and employer-friendly changes in the system.

Wisconsin's unemployment insurance trust fund had a $1.3 billion deficit in 2010 following the Great Recession. Gov. Scott Walker's office said Tuesday it now sits at a $1 billion balance.

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MARATHON COUNTY - Police in Marathon County believe they seized about $50,000 worth of drugs Monday.

Pamela Hernandez and Gustavo Lopez sit in Marathon County Jail waiting for charges connected to the case.
The Marathon County Special Investigations Unit and the Village of Marathon Police Department used a search warrant to find large volumes of meth and cocaine.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Many people use the hundreds of miles of ATV trails here in Oneida County. And those trail users will soon have a wider stretch of path to use as we approach the busy Memorial Day weekend.

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