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Wis. board approves deer changesSubmitted: 01/22/2014
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board has approved sweeping new rules to reshape deer hunting in Wisconsin.

Some of the key provisions in the plan call for eliminating in-person deer registration in favor of online or phone registration, reducing the number of deer management units and creating county committees to advise the DNR on population goals.

The rules implement Texas researcher James Kroll's suggestions to improve Wisconsin deer hunting.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration hired Kroll in 2011 to review the DNR's deer management policies.

The board approved the package on a unanimous voice vote Wednesday.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, said the rules will give hunters and the public a larger role in deer management.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/27/2015

- Northern Wisconsin has the worst roads in the state, but the money for big road projects goes to southeastern Wisconsin. Why?

- What will the Governor's budget proposal mean for the authority of the Natural Resources Board in Wisconsin?

- And a city in the Northwoods has helped a girl raise the funds to make her NASCAR debut this weekend.

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

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MADISON - Wisconsin private investigators might lose a tool they value within the next few months.

A state Senate committee will likely advance a bill within weeks to ban the use of many GPS tracking devices on cars.

The bill is designed to prevent stalking, but private investigators would lose the ability to use the tool in their work, too.

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RHINELANDER - An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of five people in Rhinelander earlier this week.

Investigators believe 40-year-old Michael Steinmetz, Jr. and 38-year-old Jaime Rickert were making meth in their Rhinelander apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Steinmetz admitted to investigators that he made meth and dumped the waste in the toilet in his apartment.

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LAONA - The state's Natural Resources Board (NRB) plays a major role in shaping how Wisconsin interacts with the natural world.

It's done that since its creation in the 1920s.

Now, Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip the citizen board of much of its power as part of his state budget proposal.

The NRB makes decisions on big issues like deer, wolf, and bear management, buying large pieces of state land, and fighting invasive species.

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PHILLIPS - The Badgers won't be the only ones hoping for a championship win. Two girls at Phillips Middle School are on their way to earn a different title.

"I was really surprised when I won it," said Phillips 6th grader Trinity Pesko. "I was just like so happy because I didn't even know it existed until class started."

Trinity competed in the National Geographic State Bee in Madison Friday. But she's not the only one headed to Madison competing for a top prize.

"We've showed our school that even from small towns, kids like this can go to a state spelling bee," said Phillips 6th grader Preethi Muruganandan.

Preethi beat out other students to qualify for the Badger State Spelling Bee held on Saturday.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's attempt to ban same-sex marriages will cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that an agreement announced Friday calls for the state to pay the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented eight gay and lesbian couples who sued to overturn Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Since the couples won their lawsuit, the ACLU can recover legal costs.

The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the appeal after the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had already struck down Wisconsin's ban.

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IRON COUNTY - Gogebic Taconite made official its decision to stop pursuing a mine in northern Wisconsin.

This week, the company withdrew its preapplication for an iron mine east of Mellen.

GTAC closed its Hurley office last month.

The proposed mine drew protests from people concerned about the environmental impact it could have.

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