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“20/20” looks back on life and legacy of icon Aretha Franklin

Following the death of musical and cultural legend Aretha Franklin, a special edition of “20/20” reflects on the life and legacy of the “Queen of Soul” who had an iconic six-decade career spanning an array of musical genres. 

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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin plans $265M expansion

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin plans a $265 million expansion and upgrade at its campus in Wauwatosa. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the hospital's first major expansion in a decade is to include a six-story building for physician offices, as well as an expansion of the hospital's emergency department. Children's Hospital's last large addition was a $166 million tower completed in 2009. The new project will be the fourth major expansion since the hospital... More>>

Persistent warmth into the weekend Video included

Not much change until early next week.

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Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror." In a written statement using uncharacteristically strong language for the Holy See even in matters like the long-running abuse scandals staini...

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Wausau firefighters to raise money for community foundation Video included

The Wausau Firefighters Community Assistance Foundation Inc. is hosting a cornhole tournament this weekend, benefiting community members when tragedy strikes.

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Rhinelander gas station thefts could be "several million dollars" - in cash Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 39-year-old Rhinelander man routinely stole $900 in cash from Remington Oil gas stations by listing it on the books as a refund for a company credit card, a scheme that pilfered at least $79,000 since April, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday. 

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Kids learn about Marathon County agricultural history Video included

A group of grade school students went on a tour at the Woodson History Center for "Kids History Day." 

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Engebretson, Ewert make stop in Marathon County Video included

Congressional candidate Margaret Engebretson and her former primary opponent Brian Ewert visited the Marathon County Democratic Headquarters Thursday to present a unified front. 

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"K2" use becoming an issue in Wisconsin, nationwide Video included

It's called "K2" on the streets but it is more commonly known as synthetic marijuana. In the past two days more than 100 people overdosed from K2 in a Connecticut community and just a few weeks ago someone in Milwaukee died because of the fake drug.

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Police: Woman texting during Wausau hit-and-run crash Video included

A 27-year-old woman accused of hitting a pedestrian in Wausau was texting at the time of the crash, according to a newly released police report.

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Packers preview: What to watch for against the Steelers

The Green Bay Packers welcome in the Pittsburgh Steelers for the second and last home game of the preseason Thursday night. 

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Heat sticks around into the weekend Video included

Scattered showers and storms end this evening, but the warm weather sticks around through the weekend.

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Mosinee Festival criticized for flying Confederate flags Video included

Organizers of a festival in central Wisconsin that includes a Civil War re-enactment say they'll make changes in future events after it was criticized for flying Confederate flags at the gathering.

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StormTrack 9 intern makes TV debut Video included

A special guest gave the forecast on News 9 at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Body of missing Colorado woman found

Authorities say they have found the body of a pregnant Colorado woman reported missing this week and believe they know where the bodies of her two children are. 

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A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. School employees showered him with theirs.

The chemotherapy dripped through a catheter in his chest. Cancer patient Robert Goodman had burned through his paid sick days while undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.

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Melania Trump to address cyberbullying summit in Maryland

Melania Trump plans to address a cyberbullying summit in Maryland next week.

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Conservative Hagedorn joins Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Conservative state appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn is running for Wisconsin Supreme Court, setting up a contest with liberal-backed Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer. 

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Wausau Fire Dept. gets calls about Possom Festival in Wausau, FL Video included

Concerns over an event where people shake possums has caused some confusion in Central Wisconsin. 

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Jury to begin deliberating in Manafort financial fraud trial

Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort.

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Above normal temps through the weekend Video included

More of the same warm and humid conditions.

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House fire closes Old Hwy 51 for several hours Video included

A driver reported seeing smoke at a house on Old Highway 51 In Mosinee around 5:30 P.M. Wednesday afternoon.

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Wausau downtown parking changes approved for fall 2018 Video included

Wausau downtown parking changes approved. Wednesday evening the Wausau City Council approved changes to downtown parking.

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77-year-old woman speaks out about financial abuse scam Video included

A 77-year-old woman from Stevens Point is speaking out after someone claimed to be her granddaughter and tried to steal thousands of dollars from her. 

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UPDATE Rhinelander gas station thefts could be "several million dollars" Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 39-year-old Rhinelander man routinely stole $900 in cash from Remington Oil gas stations by listing it on the books as a refund for a company credit card, a scheme that took at least $79,000 since April, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

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State agency seeing "influx" of complaints about fake IRS calls

MADISON (WAOW) - A state agency is warning consumers about fake IRS phone calls after "seeing an influx in reports," authorities said Wednesday. 

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Schofield neighbors continue to fear for future of homes Video included

In April, a group of Schofield neighbors discovered that Canadian National Railway owned part of their land. Four months later, they still are trying to figure out what that means.

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The 130th Lincoln County Fair is underway in Merrill Video included

MERRILL (WAOW) - The gates are open for the 130th annual Lincoln County Fair in Merrill.

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Adams County clerk suspected in connection with data breach Video included

Adams County officials are trying to remove the county clerk from office, after she's suspected in connection with a data breach. 

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Deal to sell Wausau bar and restaurant falls through; it will reopen Video included

Some seven weeks after announcing it would be sold, Hiawatha Lounge is ready to reopen after the deal fell through, the bar and restaurant said on its Facebook page.

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Phillips man pleads no contest to two felonies in stabbing fight Video included

MEDFORD (WAOW) - A 25-year-old Phillips man pleaded no contest Wednesday to two felonies following a fight witnessed by children that left a Medford man with at least two stab wounds, according to online Taylor County court records. 

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Green Bay man pleads not guilty in child sex assault at Wausau motel Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 28-year-old Wisconsin National Guard soldier accused of sexually assaulting a Lincoln County boy he met online pleaded not guilty Wednesday, according to Marathon County court records. 

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Trump revokes ex-CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, reading a statement from President Donald Trump, announced Wednesday that former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance has been revoked.

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Girl sneaks $350 toy order on Amazon, mom has her donate items to children's hospital

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Katelyn Lunt, a first-grader from Utah, recently ordered $350 worth of Barbies and a toy pony from her mother's Amazon account and now her mom is using it as a teachable moment.

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Wausau Boys & Girls Club leader resigning Video included

The executive director of the Wausau Area Boys & Girls Club is set to step down.

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Aerosmith announces Vegas residency

CNN--"Walk This Way" towards Las Vegas -- if you want to hear Aerosmith live.   

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Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (AP) -- People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor.  

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Man arrested in Appleton suspected of human trafficking in 9 states

A man being held in the Outagamie County Jail is accused of human trafficking in nine states, including Wisconsin.

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Trump tweets support to Wisconsin's Republican primary winners

President Donald Trump voiced his strong support for Republican winners in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race and the contest to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Turnout in Wisconsin primary highest since 2002

Turnout in Wisconsin's primary that saw hotly contested races among both Democrats and Republicans is the highest since 2002.

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Three businesses damaged in downtown Waukesha fire

Fire that may have started with a discarded cigarette damaged three downtown Waukesha businesses. 

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Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records: 'diverse'

Germany's Cabinet has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a Supreme Court ruling. 

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Turkish politician blaming US for financial crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the United States for Turkey's financial crisis, ignoring homegrown problems like high debts, raging inflation and his own erratic policies. 

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Progressive Christine Hallquist becomes 1st transgender gubernatorial nominee for major party

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Christine Hallquist, who is running as a progressive Democrat in Vermont, made history on Tuesday as she became the first transgender gubernatorial candidate nominated by a major political party.

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Shawano Co. authorities searching for man, 26, missing from Birnamwood Video included

The Shawano County Sheriff's Department says it is searching for a 26-year-old Birnamwood man missing since Aug. 7.

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DA: Plover mom abused her 10-month-old child at hospital Video included

A Plover mom was caught on surveillance video tampering with her child's feeding tube at Marshfield Medical Center, according to court documents.

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Water main break closes road in Wausau

A water main break shut down a road in Wausau and left residents without water Tuesday afternoon.

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Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church

A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.

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Trane Co. union members walking the picket line

Union members are walking the picket line at the Trane Co. in La Crosse.

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AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not Video included

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

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The Latest: Elections officials: Voting system secure

The Latest on Wisconsin’s primary election (all times local)

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Portage police respond to birth of baby Video included

Danielle Johnsen holds baby Tommy after her unexpected home delivery Monday. Danielle Johnsen holds baby Tommy after her unexpected home delivery Monday.

A Portage baby had a first run-in with police Monday night when mom went into labor with no one around to lend a hand. 

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