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Decision expected soon on school mascot billSubmitted: 12/18/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - We'll know soon if a bill making it harder to force schools to drop race based nicknames will become law.

Governor Scott Walker says whether he signs or vetos the bill it comes down to concerns about if current law tramples on free speech rights.

Walker's comments Tuesday are the strongest signal yet that he may sign the bill.

That's despite pressure from Wisconsin's tribal leaders and others to veto it.


Walker said he would announce his decision Thursday, the deadline for him to act.

The bill makes people who object to a school's mascot circulate a petition and get 10 percent of the district's population to sign it to trigger a review.

Current law requires a review based on a single complaint.

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GREEN BAY - Police now know more about a deadly crash and fire in Green Bay.

They've identified the two men who were found dead in a car after it crashed into a tire shop last week.

40 year old Rick Latour and 27 year old Shawn Schley, both of Green Bay, were found dead.

According to police, Latour was driving, and Schley was a passenger.

The tire shop was destroyed by a fire.

After it was put out, authorities found the car with two people inside.

Preliminary autopsy results show Latour and Schley died of injuries from the crash, not the fire.

(Copyright 2015 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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MADISON -

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denies he's a career politician even though he's been in elected office since he was 25 years old.


The 47-year-old Republican presidential candidate says in an interview with CNBC that he believes a career politician is "somebody who's been in Congress for 25 years."



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STEVENS POINT - Marijuana is still illegal in Wisconsin, but cities across the state slowly have been relaxing penalties against people caught with small amounts of the drug.

A Gannett Central Wisconsin Media review (http://spjour.nl/1FfQP0S ) found that nine of the state's 10 largest cities have decriminalized simple possession. Madison and Milwaukee were among the first cities in Wisconsin to reform their ordinances on marijuana.

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MERRILL - Merrill should get a new grandstand by next summer.

The Merrill Committee of the Whole voted on the project last week.

The project will cost $1,149,000.

The city will get insurance money from Lincoln County to pay for it.

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MINOCQUA - Almost one in three American girls in 12th grade use tanning beds, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control.

But tanning could become illegal in Wisconsin for many of those teenagers under a proposed state law. Bill author Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) wants to ban everyone under age 18 from using tanning beds in the state.

It's currently illegal for Wisconsin studios to serve anyone younger than 16. But in the Northwoods, plenty of 16- and 17-year-olds come to places like the Tone Zone clubs in Minocqua and Eagle River to tan before winter and spring events. The manager of Tone Zone, Stephanie Van Holdt, said they're almost all girls.

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WISCONSIN - Hunters like to predict how the deer season will go this time of year. But the DNR is focused on working with land owners to create better habitat for deer. That could mean a more successful hunt in a few years.

It's working with public and private land owners through the Deer Management Assistance Program. The 2012 Deer Trustees report led to the creation of the program.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - The Oneida County Humane Society needs a lot of money to take care of all the animals in its care.

The shelter relies on fundraisers to help raise that money.

One of the shelter's biggest fundraiser is its Jog for the Dogs event. The run is scheduled for Saturday September 12th this year.

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