Parents can start applying for school vouchers this week
Story By Lyndsey Stemm
RHINELANDER - Parents can start applying for school vouchers this Thursday. From August first through ninth, parents can apply for vouchers to the school they want their kids to go to. For a family to qualify, they have to be at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Newman Catholic School District in Wausau is one local system applying for the voucher program. Newman's president says its had some interest from parents. Newman is putting together the second part of its application right now.
Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander did not apply this year. The board for parish education wants to study the program first to see if it would be a good fit for them.
The 25 schools that receive the most interest from parents will be part of the program.
WISCONSIN - Anyone who loves hunting and fishing will need to apply for a license. The deadline for some hunting and fishing licenses is August 1st at 11:59pm.
Hunters, trappers and spearers can go on the DNR website to apply.
"This is the time of year where not a lot of people are thinking about hunting, but that August 1st date is that date for applying for a bobcat, fisher or otter tag, sharp tag grouse, or sturgeon spearing or fall turkey," said DNR Warden Supervisor David Walz.
People may not be thinking about hunting during the summer. DNR workers say the process is very easy for people to apply.
ST. GERMAIN - The last day of Pig in the Pines wrapped up Saturday. People were able to watch the rib eating contest in the afternoon.
Newswatch 12 got to help judge ribs from this year's four rib vendors. One of the big events happened on the main stage Saturday evening.
"We have entertainment all day long," said St. Germain Chamber President Bruce Weber. "We have the Wise Guys on our main stage. We have Laura Ernst on the aerial platform here. She also does juggling. On our major stage, we have One Ping Only, and we also have Molly Hatchet, our lead act tonight."
The Pig in the Pines volunteers had another big announcement to make. The event will be sticking around next year with some changes.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Invasive species specialists work hard to protect our environment, but a few lakes in Oneida County aren't doing as well as experts would like.
Aquatic experts have found invasive species in four new Oneida County lakes this summer. Those discoveries are not great signs for the health of the environment, but the numbers also aren't as bad as years ago, when specialists might have found acres of an invasive species in some lakes. The new discoveries, though, are still troubling.
MADISON - People with five, seven, or even ten or more OWI convictions in Wisconsin usually serve time in jail or even in prison. But they could be driving again soon after they get out.
Wisconsin law allows a person convicted of an OWI to get an occupational license for traveling to places such as work or church within 45 days after their release. But some lawmakers think that policy could lead to serious trouble.
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