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Van Hollen still wouldn't defend domestic registrySubmitted: 07/31/2014
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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he stands by his decision not to defend Wisconsin's domestic partner registry even though it was one of the toughest he has made in office.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that the registry giving limited benefits to same-sex couples does not violate the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Van Hollen says that despite the court's unanimous decision, he still believes the registry is unconstitutional.

The gay rights organization, Fair Wisconsin, intervened and successfully defended the law against a challenge by Julaine Appling, the head of the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/24/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Police departments across the U.S. are having problems recruiting officers, and North Central Wisconsin is no exception. Tonight we talk with local police departments to find out why fewer young people want to become police officers than in years past.

We talk to the Northland Pines School District Superintendent about a program that allows international students to get both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

And we'll introduce you to a Langlade County couple who want to share their passion of sled dog racing with the community.

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

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APPLETON - Authorities say a man charged a decade ago in Wisconsin with trying to kill his girlfriend's unborn child has turned up in New York.

Sheriff's officials say the U.S. Border Patrol stopped a vehicle in Malone, New York Friday because of suspicious criminal activity. Manishkumar Patel was a passenger in the vehicle.

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EAGLE RIVER - In the next couple weeks, Gov. Scott Walker will release Wisconsin's budget for the next two years. Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) thought it would be a perfect time to host listening sessions in a number of Northwoods communities. 

One of the sessions was at the Eagle River library Monday. Some people brought up the poor road conditions in the area. Tiffany says transportation funding is one of the items he will be looking at closely in the upcoming budget. 

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EAGLE RIVER - People stopped at the site of Eagle River's Ice Castle on Monday, cellphone cameras in hand. But unlike the previous week, they weren't taking pictures of the beautiful and iconic castle.

Instead, they were taking pictures of its demolition.

Warm winter weather made the Ice Castle's structure come apart--and made it a safety hazard.

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Neal McCoy doesn't take days off.  The 58-year-old country music star is in the middle of a months-long multi-state tour, which is something he's done for nearly 30 years.

But it's McCoy's daily tradition, which started one year ago, that's rejuvenated the patriotic front man more than any concert does.

"I haven't slept in for quite a while now," McCoy said with a laugh.  "I know, I'm leading this crusade, if you will."

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RHINELANDER - The YMCA of the Northwoods teamed up with LIVESTRONG to create a fitness program that supports
cancer survivors and patients. The 12-week program focuses on rebuilding strength and stamina.

YMCA wellness director Stephanie Ruckeim says it offers so much more than just physical strength.

"It's about trying to increase that muscle mass, increase their flexibility, their endurance and also work
on their self-esteem and self-confidence," says Ruckeim.

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TOMAHAWK - Sunday's Packers loss hit fans hard. But it also affected stores that support those dedicated fans.

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