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Gov. Walker signs voting billSubmitted: 03/28/2014
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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed into law a bill that limits in-person absentee voting to no later than 7 p.m. during the week and no weekend hours.

Walker vetoed a portion of the bill Thursday that limited the hours of early voting to no more than 45 in each of the two weeks prior to an election. He kept the prohibition on weekend voting.

Democrats strongly opposed the measure, saying it was targeted at tamping down turnout in heavily Democratic cities of Milwaukee and Madison which held extended hours during the 2012 presidential election.

Scot Ross, director of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, says the law is unconstitutional and likely will be challenged in court.

Walker's spokeswoman Laurel Patrick says the bill is about ensuring uniform voting hours.





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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/23/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Governor Scott Walker was at Nicolet College in Rhinelander today to talk about school funding. Find out what he has to say about preparing students for higher education.

We'll tell you why some kids from low-income families in Forest County won't have to start school without supplies.

And we'll introduce you to an amazing athlete with the Rhinelander Hodags swim team who is home-schooled and hopes her younger siblings will become great swimmers as well.

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

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GREEN BAY - Federal investigators will be hanging onto a drone that flew over Lambeau Field during the Green Bay Packers game last week.

It's against the law to fly a drone over the stadium because of the potential for danger.

A Green Bay Police commander says a drone could malfunction and crash into the crowd.

Worse....it could contain a bomb.

Police tracked the drone to a house across the street from the stadium....and said the drone operator has been cooperative.

Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration, which will continue to investigate.

They don't think the operator meant any harm, but there could still be charges depending on what the FAA finds.

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AUSTIN, TX - Texas and four other states are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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MADISON - A federal appeals court says early voting in Wisconsin can continue.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin's election laws, including limits on early voting. He also ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting for anyone struggling to obtain photo ID.

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MADISON - A federal appeals court says early voting in Wisconsin can continue.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin's election laws, including limits on early voting. He also ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting for anyone struggling to obtain photo ID.

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RHINELANDER - The sun casts longer shadows around Tom Jerow this time of year, but he knows there's plenty of work left to do.

"It's really a year-round endeavor," Jerow said.

The gardener picked green beans by the bagful Monday morning, working quickly through the Rhinelander Community Garden to race a fast-approaching end of summer.

"Even though it's a short growing season, we do pretty good here," Jerow said.

Here, is a small plot of land just east of Hodag Park on Thayer Street. The ten-year-old community garden had a decent 2016, with cucumbers and green beans growing by the basket full.  (Jerow says they routinely pick about 20 pounds of green beans three days a week.)  But cabbage and asparagus plants were plagued by pests.

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WABENO - The AmeriCorps volunteers in Wabeno this summer come from across the country.

"It was my first time away from home and away from my parents, so I had a rough first month or two," said 21-year-old Mariah Ward, who's from Olympia, Washington.

Now, she's in unincorporated Wabeno, in rural Forest County.

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