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Gov. Walker signs unemployment benefit changesSubmitted: 07/05/2013
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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment insurance payout but install new limits on who can collect the benefits.

The bill increases the highest monthly benefit by $7 to $370.

It also makes it easier for the state to recover overpayments made to the unemployed by allowing audits of beneficiaries, repeals a program that allows claimants to receive an additional 26 weeks of benefits if they're enrolled in vocational training and bars inmates in work-release programs from collecting unemployment.


The measure cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature in June. Walker signed it into law on Friday.

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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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MANITOWOC - Police in Manitowoc say a man fatally shot at his home was apparently targeted by his assailant.

In a news release Friday, police Capt. Larry Zimney says no one is in custody, but the public is not believed to be in any danger.

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RHINELANDER - Most New Year's resolutions start with the best of intentions, but sticking with them can sometimes be easier said than done.

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MILWAUKEE - The chief of staff fired from the Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah after allegations of over-prescription of narcotics were investigated is set to begin practicing psychiatry in La Crosse.

Some patients at the Tomah VA nicknamed Dr. David Houlihan "candy man" because of the amount of pain medications he prescribed. Although complaints are pending against Houlihan, he has not been charged and continues to hold his license to practice.

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PRENTICE - More than 200 workers at the Prentice Caterpillar facility potentially faced pink slips last week. Now, those workers might not lose their jobs.

Instead, Newswatch 12 learned Thursday, a company wants to buy the 71-year-old forest products plant and potentially expand it.

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WAUSAU - Former senator Russ Feingold wants to do more to help students pay for college.

Feingold has been touring colleges throughout the state to learn more about how people pay for higher education.

Thursday he stopped by UW-Marathon County.

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WAUSAU - An alternative high school student in Wausau faces felony charges for carrying a loaded handgun on school property.

Keanan Brown, 17, appeared in Marathon County Court Thursday afternoon. Police arrested him at Northcentral Technical College's Alternative School Wednesday. Someone called in a tip telling police Brown was carrying a gun around town in his backpack. Officers found Brown at the school. He was carrying the 9mm gun in his jacket.

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