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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: 02/27/2015

- Keeping young, bright people in the Northwoods is a challenge, like it is for much of the rest of the state. Find out how WEDC hopes to help with that problem.

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

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WAUSAU - Students in Wausau will be able to go to school online next school year.

The Wausau School District is working on a virtual school program. The program named Wausau Area Virtual Education is for sixth through 12th graders.

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OXON HILL, MD. - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his experience taking on protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.


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RHINELANDER - Electricity costs a lot of money, especially when you're not used to paying for it.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry moved into a new location in October. In the old building, the pantry didn't have to pay for utilities. Now they do.

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MILWAUKEE - Seven people have been charged with running a large drug distribution operation out of a house on the south side of Milwaukee.

Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern announced Thursday that investigators have seized sizable amounts of cocaine and heroin, weapons and more than $100,000 during searches in Milwaukee and Green Bay in relation to the case.

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NORTHERN WISCONSIN - Deer councils in Northern Wisconsin want to see more deer. Harsh winters have decreased local deer population and harvest levels. Leaders in the Northwoods hope local changes with deer population management goals will help.

A 2012 state deer report set up local deer advisory councils. They now recommend whether to increase, maintain, or decrease deer population.

The Natural Resources Board voted and approved council plans for deer populations throughout the entire state. For northern Wisconsin counties, that means plans to increase the population.

"The biggest tool we have to manage deer populations is to increase or decrease the number of antlerless deer that are taken by hunters," said Antigo's DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Chuck McCullough. "If we want the population to grow, we take fewer antlerless deer by hunting."

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TOMAHAWK - Sometimes it feels like you've had a rough day. But as the old saying goes, "someone out there is having a tougher day than you." We caught up with a Tomahawk woman who lost her house in a fire and is battling cancer. Some Tomahawk kids told us how she's able to keep a smile on her face and bring cheer to others.

"She's a very strong woman. She's very cheerful. Despite all of her hardships she still can smile. She still has a loving heart," said 18-year-old Umran Abdul Majeed.

Judy Schroeder always has a warm smile on her face. Even after she lost everything last Wednesday night in a house fire.

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