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Republicans urge rejection of secession resolutionSubmitted: 05/02/2014
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MILWAUKEE - Assembly Republicans are urging delegates at the GOP state convention to reject a tea party-backed resolution calling on lawmakers to affirm Wisconsin's right to secede.

Fifty of the Assembly's 69 Republicans, including Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. John Nygren, co-chairman of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, sent a letter Friday to delegates calling the resolution a worthless distraction.

The letter goes on to call the secessionist movement giving up on the American idea and asks how different the world would be today if Republican President Abraham Lincoln had allowed the southern states to leave the union. The letter adds that Republicans can't win elections on a platform that includes secession.

Delegates are expected to vote on whether to adopt the resolution during the convention in Milwaukee on Saturday.

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- We'll show you how the loss of one event in the Rhinelander area has opened the door for a new one downtown.

- A central Wisconsin paper mill will transition to international ownership after being owned by an American company.

- And hundreds of kids in third world countries will get to open a Christmas gift this year. It's all thanks to people who donate a shoebox filled with supplies for kids. The boxes are part of a world-wide organization called Operation Christmas Child. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to the Rock Mission Center in Eagle River where volunteers are collecting boxes filled with toys, toothbrushes, and hope.

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

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Bus driver cited for deadly crashSubmitted: 11/20/2014

SHAWANO COUNTY - A citation against a school bus driver claims his failure to yield at a stop sign caused a deadly crash in Shawano County.

75 year old James Mueller has been cited in a crash near Pulaski that killed one woman and injured members of a high school volleyball team.

A report from the Shawano County Sheriff's Department shows Mueller was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign -- resulting in death. He was also cited for causing injuries.

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Feds had fish shop in U.P. during undercover probeSubmitted: 11/20/2014

L'ANSE, MI - Agents working undercover ran a fish business in Michigan's Upper Peninsula while investigating illegal catches of lake trout.

The disclosure is in a document unsealed in Marquette federal court.

Since 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it's been investigating illegal catches of lake trout in the upper Great Lakes. The population has been affected by sea lampreys and excessive fishing.

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Wisconsin mom accused of damaging son's earsSubmitted: 11/20/2014

MILWAUKEE - A 26-year-old Fond du Lac woman is charged with felony child abuse after she was caught on video jamming cotton swabs into her son's ears, causing them to bleed.

According to the complaint, Jenna Schumacher took her 15-month-old son to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of chronic ear bleeding and perforated eardrums.

The complaint says doctors found no medical reason for the ear injuries, but discovered a piece of a cotton swab in the boy's ear.

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Freeze the Gain encourages holding weight steady over the holidays in Forest CountySubmitted: 11/19/2014

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CRANDON - Forest County health workers hope they can help people maintain their weight over the holidays.

A national study found average Americans gain one or two pounds around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"That weight typically doesn't come off," said Forest County Health Department Director Jill Krueger. "You're accumulating a pound or two every year, which is a risk factor for obesity down the road."

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Chequamegon-Nicolet trails need workSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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NORTHWOODS - You may need to wait a little longer to go cross-country skiing on certain trails. Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are packed with snow, but they're not ready for skiers just yet.

"We found with the ground so warm, that all of the snow that we received in the last week really packed down to very little of a base," explained Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Lands and Recreation Program Manager Jeff Mell. "We're really waiting for that base to build up where we can put a track on top of it at this time."

The trails are still open for hiking and snow-shoeing, but motorized trails won't be open until December. Forest Service leaders want people to be careful out on the hiking trails this weekend and the week following. The lands and recreation manager explains that most times, winter activities and firearm season don't overlap.

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Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platformSubmitted: 11/19/2014

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders have chosen Paul Ryan to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years.

The new post could give the Wisconsin Republican a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond.

Ryan was the party's vice presidential nominee two years ago. He has sidestepped questions about his plans for 2016.

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