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State Senate approves mining bill 17-16Submitted: 02/27/2013
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MADISON - It took nearly nine hours of debate, but the state Senate has approved a Republican bill that would dramatically overhaul Wisconsin's mining regulations. It passed 17 to 16 around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The measure is designed to make it easier for Gogebic Taconite's plans for an iron mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior.

The GOP says the mine would create hundreds of jobs. Minority Democrats counter the bill would relax environmental protections and open the door to pollution.

The state Assembly is expected to take the bill up next week. Republicans control that house as well.

Approval there would send the measure on to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll show you how all the rain Saturday night effected agriculture in Price County.

Communities all over the country are getting prepared for parades to celebrate America's birthday. We'll show you the progress the City of Rhinelander is making toward their July 4th parade.

And we'll show you when and where in your area they will be celebrating the holiday with fireworks.

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VILAS COUNTY - A Lac du Flambeau woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a Vilas County contracting company took a plea deal Monday.

49-year-old Samantha Chapman pled guilty to felony theft, fraudulent writings, and tax fraud.

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TOMAH - The psychiatric unit at the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center should open next week, about nine months after it closed.

The VA was forced to close the unit in September because it didn't have enough health providers to staff it.  That meant 125 veterans had to be transferred to other facilities around the state.

Clinic administrators have spent the last few months recruiting staff and have hired a psychiatrist and two nurses.  That's enough to reopen the unit on a limited basis.

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MADISON - A former high school basketball coach in central Wisconsin loses an appeal over his conviction for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-2 on Tuesday against Rory McKellips.

He's the former coach for girls' basketball at high schools in Athens and Mosinee.

He had been convicted in 2013 of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

That's because of cellphone contact he had with a player on the Athens High School team he coached.

The state Supreme Court said state prosecutors proved that McKellips used his cellphone as a computer to send messages to the victim.

He is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

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PHILLIPS - Police want to figure out what caused the death of a 16-year-old girl in Phillips.

At about 6 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to an apartment in downtown Phillips following a report of a medical emergency. When they arrived, they found the girl unresponsive and not breathing.

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's softball coach approached the city to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park earlier this year. 

When the city approved the softball association's request to look into the possibility of another field, people on both sides of the argument spoke up. 

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