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Audio tape of 2 migrant children causing stir in central Wisconsin

Instead of a planned tour of the facilities where migrant children are being held, a recording released by a group called ProPublica captures what appears to be a heart wrenching moment for two young girls inside a border patrol facility.

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New initiative to help Wisconsin veterans overcome opioid use Video included

The 'Dose of Reality' campaign is aimed to help veterans battle the state wide opioid epidemic .

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Wal-Mart: Taxes on its Rib Mountain properties are excessive

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Rib Mountain is seeking about $166,500 in local tax refunds, claiming its properties are valued too high, according to a lawsuit. 

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Flood warnings in effect for some Marathon Co. parks Video included

A flood warning has been issued at Oak Island Park and D.C. Everest Park until Wednesday morning.

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2 Wisconsin deaths attributed to storms

Authorities have attributed another death in Wisconsin to the storms that caused widespread flooding in the Upper Midwest. 

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Riiser Energy based in Wausau sold to North Carolina company

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wausau company founded in 1945 that operates 34 convenience stores has been sold to a North Carolina company that will keep its name, authorities announced. 

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Local manufacture involved with major building project Video included

Central Wisconsin products now stand tall on a famous New York City building. 

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Roads washed out north of Marshfield Video included

Several roads are closed in the town of McMillan after storms wreaked havoc on central Wisconsin mid-June.

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Tree falls on a Wausau home after severe storm Video included

A massive tree snapped in half Monday falling on a Wausau woman's home.

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UWSP professor weighs in on Supreme Court redistricting decision Video included

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that it won't rule on Wisconsin's voting district lines.

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Tomahawk valedictorian pulls speech after administration censors it Video included

Cait Christenson wanted to address school shootings, the #MeToo movement and racial equality in her graduation speech at Tomahawk High School earlier this month. 

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Local experts weigh in after gaming disorder is described as digital heroin Video included

On Monday the World Health Organization listed 'Gaming Disorder' as an actual disease.  

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One dead in northern Wisconsin weekend storm

At least one person is dead after extreme flooding in the Northwoods, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management.

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Multiple injuries after Wood Co. boat crash Video included

According to the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Korey Trowbridge, multiple people were injured after a boat crashed with the shoreline on Lake Wazeecha in the Town of Grand Rapids on Saturday. 

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Antigo man, 23, pleads not guilty to killing his girlfriend's dog

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 23-year-old Antigo man accused of snapping his girlfriend's dog's neck after an argument pleaded not guilty Monday, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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Power outages reported as storms roll through

Power outages have been reported across north central Wisconsin as storms continue to roll through the area. 

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4th annual Uff Da Palooza Video included

The 4th annual Uff Da Palooza wrapped up Sunday in Marathon Park.

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Local Wausau dads spend father's day outdoors. Video included

Marathon Park in Wausau was filled on Sunday with dads and kids taking advantage of the scorching summer temperatures. 

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Teen remembered in 8th annual Forrest's Memorial Run

A central Wisconsin community came together to remember a young runner who passed away in 2009 during a D.C. Everest cross country practice.

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Wausau program teaches kids about water safety

As warmer weather makes its way into central Wisconsin, kids learn about safety out on the water. 

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Law enforcement pays tribute to fallen Milwaukee officer

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Law enforcement representatives in squad cars and motorcycles were lining up outside a Brookfield church hours in advance of funeral services for a Milwaukee police officer. 

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29th annual energy fair kicks off in Portage County Video included

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) kicked off its annual Energy Fair in Custer on Friday. 

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A Stevens Point Pastor is speaking out on Trump administration officials quoting the Bible Video included

A Stevens Point Pastor is is speaking out on Trump Administration officials quoting the Bible in regards to migrant children being taken away from their parents at the U.S. Border.  

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Man accused of dousing girlfriend's home with gas, lighting on fire Video included

Robert Zipsie, 22, of Wausau, allegedly lit his girlfriend's home on fire after a fight Thursday, according to police. 

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Oneida Co. Sheriffs in search of alleged sexual assault suspect Video included

Oneida County sheriffs are searching for a man alleged of committing sexual assault on an elderly woman. Officials received a call reporting the incident on June 10. Initial information from the press release said an unidentified man "entered into the residence, physically and sexually assaulted the elderly female occupant." Police are still investigating the matter, but no further information is currently available. If you have any information re...

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New rules released regarding CBD oil sales Video included

A day after a Racine County District Attorney sends a warning to retailers selling gummy bears with cannabis-derived oil, News 9 continued the push for answers going all the way to the top.

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UPDATE: Police give insight to Minocqua hostage situation Video included

The details are out about why police said a couple tried to attack a physician's assistant in Minocqua. 

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2018 Rib Mountain snowmelt contest

Looking from the top of Rib Mountain on May 7th Looking from the top of Rib Mountain on May 7th

Check for updates on the snowmelt contest.

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Another Wausau business comments on downtown parking Video included

Confusion continues as to how Wausau will improve the downtown parking problems.

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Bike share system rolls out in Wisconsin Rapids Video included

River Riders Rapids bike share program launched today in Wisconsin Rapids.  

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After teammate death, Athens baseball wins championship Video included

A Central Wisconsin team, with a missing piece, had something extra to play for in the baseball state championship in Appleton Thursday.

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Weston man accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old Video included

A 13-year-old told investigators that 50-year-old Greg Witter assaulted  her back in 2013when she was 8 years old. 

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Wood Co. farm opens up for another strawberry season Video included

Dozens of people woke up early to pick strawberries at a Wood County farm on Thursday morning.

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Gummy candy infused with CBD oil sold in central Wisconsin Video included

Gummy candies infused with cannabis-derived oil are being sold right in central Wisconsin.

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Police: Pair threatens medical staff with hatchet, meat tenderizer Video included

A man and a woman tried to hold a staff member hostage, threatening them with a hatchet and meat tenderizer, according to the Minocqua Police Department.

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Antigo superintendent resigns

The Antigo Superintendent has resigned, the school board president told News 9.

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Concerts on the Square kick off 25th season Video included

Concert in the Square is happening Wednesday at the 400 block. 

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Three area schools receive nearly $400K school safety grant Video included

The Stevens Point, Prentice and Trinity Lutheran school districts now have thousands of dollars to ramp up security on campus. 

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Experts see a Northwoods boost in housing markets Video included

According to a recent report, the housing market is benefiting both the buyers and sellers.

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Man killed in crash with silage wagon in Clark County Video included

A Clark County man is dead after his pickup truck crashed into the back of a silage wagon, according to the sheriff's office. 

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Pilot program monitors parent-child conversations, chatter could make kids smarter Video included

Consistent chit-chat with your baby could speed-up brain development, and researchers for the LENA Research Foundation are taking a closer look at that notion.

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Wausau bar takes stand on parking problems Video included

A downtown Wausau business is taking a stand against parking problems around the 400 block.

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Wausau Police Department adding videographer Video included

The Wausau Police Department will add a videographer to its staff.

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Delta Dental donates toothbrushes, fresh produce to The Neighbor's Place Video included

The shelves at a Wausau food pantry were filled with 1,000 toothbrushes and $1,000 dollars worth of fresh produce Tuesday. 

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Rate of STD in teens is on the rise in Wisconsin Video included

 34 percent of Wisconsin state high school students reported to having sex in 2017 compared to the 47 percent in 1993

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Beyond the Headlines series continues in Wausau Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Beyond the Headlines series that explores the relationship between the media and law enforcement continues Wednesday.at North Central Technical College.

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Ex-Menominee Tribe cop sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Video included

GREEN BAY (WAOW) - An ex-Menominee Tribe police officer was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after he was caught in a child sex offender sting operated by his own department, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said Tuesday. 

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Armed robbery in Stevens Point Video included

A person was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning in Stevens Point, according to a news release from the police department.

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Wis. Rapids man pleads not guilty in spiked drink abortion scheme

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 33-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man accused of attempting to kill his unborn child by spiking the mother's water bottle with a drug designed to terminate a pregnancy pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to online Marathon County records. 

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Stevens Point adjusts to new furry officers Video included

Only two months on the job, the latest members of the Stevens Point Police Department are putting in work. 

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Family speaks out on bullying at Wausau meeting Video included

A family spoke out on issues of bullying at a Wausau School Board meeting Monday evening.

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Wausau School Board tackling overcrowding at middle school Video included

Some students in Wausau may have to change middle schools.

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Wausau health care company breaks ground for new building Video included

ENT & Allergy Associates is expanding and moving to the northwest corner of South 28th Ave and Stewart Ave.

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Central Wisconsin business transitioning from plastic straws Video included

There is a revamped global push to be more Eco-friendly, and Sconni's Alehouse in Schofield is working to be a part of the move.

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Stevens Point Aspirus Clinic adds emergency department Video included

The Stevens Point Aspirus Clinic added a 24 hour emergency department which was part of a 40,000 square foot expansion. 

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Athens man pleads not guilty in sex assault of woman with dementia

A 56-year-old Athens man accused of having sexual contact with a woman who suffers from dementia at an assisted living center pleaded not guilty Monday, according to online Marathon Co. court records. 

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Badger State Games increases tourism in Central Wisconsin Video included

Hundreds of athletes are gathering in North Central Wisconsin this summer to compete for medals, and as they do, they're bringing gold to the Wausau area. 

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1 person dead after ATV crash in Oneida Co. Video included

One person is dead after an ATV crash in Oneida County Friday evening.

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Authorities ID pilot killed in helicopter crash in Wisconsin Video included

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a Wisconsin pilot killed when a helicopter hit power lines and plunged into the Fox River. 

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Motorcyclists gather in Spencer for 2nd annual Ride to Honor fund raiser

More than 30 motorcyclists lined up by the Veterans Park of Spencer to embark on a ride throughout Marathon County for a special cause. 

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Preliminary work continues on Wisconsin trail project

 MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Preliminary work continues on a 500-mile regional trail network proposed for southeastern Wisconsin. 

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Veggie trays pulled from Kwik Trip after illness found

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A convenience store chain has removed some vegetable trays from its shelves after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin 

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One dead after motorcycle crash in Waushara Co.

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Waushara County Sheriff's office confirmed a motorcyclist has died in a one vehicle crash on Saturday. 

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Dozens celebrate Knit in Public Day in Wausau Video included

Saturday was a special day for knitting lovers all around the world to celebrate Knit in Public Day. 

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2nd avenue block party to celebrate west side developments. Video included

The east side of Wausau featuring the 400 block has been the center of the city for quite some time. 

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Central Wisconsin music instructors report strong student numbers Video included

News 9 has talked to central Wisconsin musicians, music store owners and now local music instructors in an effort to determine state of the local music scene.

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Free dental screenings for Special Olympic athletes Video included

Athletes had something to smile about at the Special Olympics on Friday.

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Wisconsin's oldest blood donor donates before 97th birthday Video included

Wisconsin's oldest blood donor donated blood Friday at the Blood Center of Wisconsin in Marshfield

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Special Olympic athletes weigh in on the annual summer games Video included

The annual summer games of the Special Olympics Wisconsin kicked off Friday

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Central Wisconsin experts outline suicide resources Video included

In the wake of the tragic deaths of television chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade, mental health professionals in central Wisconsin want the community know what resources are available to them. 

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One-time Wittenberg school official pleads no contest to child enticement

SHAWANO (WAOW) - The one-time transportation director for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District who told investigators he was a "sex addict" pleaded no contest to one felony after a computer sting with police posing as a 15-year-old girl caught him trying to meet with the child, according to online Shawano County court records. .

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Tripoli man, 62, pleads no contest to threatening hospice workers Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A Tripoli man who spent time in prison for his role in a hours-long standoff with police after a domestic dispute more than two years ago pleaded no contest Friday to threatening hospice workers caring for his terminally ill wife, according to online Oneida County court records. 

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Athletes come to Portage Co. to compete in Special Olympics Wisconsin Video included

About 1,400 Special Olympic Wisconsin Athletes are going for the gold during the summer games at UW-Stevens Point on Friday. 

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Let the Special Olympics Summer Games begin! Video included

The special Olympics kicked off it's Summer Games, Thursday, at UWSP. 14,000 athletes will compete over the weekend. 

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Weston hires special legal council over administrator turmoil Video included

The village of Weston hired an outside attorney to deal with the aftermath of suspending village administrator Dan Guild.

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"Epic 5" challenger takes on new endurance adventure Video included

When he was done, he said he was thinking about another adventure. Thursday, he told News 9 what that new challenge entailed.

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CWA flight delayed after seat dispute Video included

A flight from CWA to Minneapolis was delayed after three people got into a "verbal altercation," according to Director of Operations and Management Jim Olson.

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Kronenwetter police now carry Narcan for overdose calls

KRONENWETTER (WAOW) - Officers in the Kronenwetter Police Department are the latest in central Wisconsin trained in the use of Narcan, a lifesaving agent during drug overdose calls, Chief Terry McHugh said Thursday. 

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June 2018 Jefferson Award: Dave Langton and Le Mellin Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Two Lake Du Bay Lions Club members are recognized with a Jefferson Award for their volunteer efforts to prevent blindness in children.

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Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo prepares for it's 29th year Video included

For more than two decades, Lincoln County staple has drawn people from all over the country for some western heritage. 

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Packed meeting in Oneida Co. over mining regulations Video included

People packed the Rhinelander High School Wednesday night to discuss potential mining regulations.

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Northwoods school sees baby boom among staff Video included

A Northwoods school district experiences a "Hodag" baby boom.

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Local Miss Wisconsin contestants weigh in on Miss America change Video included

Miss Northern Lights, Ryann Swanson, weighed in on Miss America dropping the swimsuit portion of the pageant. 

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Registration open for 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Registration is now open for the 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 

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Special Olympics of Wisconsin Summer Games to begin

The Wisconsin Summer Special Olympic Games are set to begin Thursday.

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Judge orders arrest of Aniwa man in animal mistreatment case Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge issued a warrant for an Aniwa man's arrest Wednesday after he failed to show up in court for a scheduled plea hearing to resolve two criminal cases - one involving mistreatment of some pets, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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Ex-Medford golf course manager pleads not guilty to theft Video included

MEDFORD (WAOW) - The former manager of Black River Country Club accused of stealing more than $25,000, in part by deleting records of daily sales from a computer, pleaded not guilty Wednesday, according to online Taylor County court records. 

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Almond man, 64, pleads not guilty to 14th OWI

WAUPACA (WAOW) - A 64-year-old Almond man pleaded not guilty to accusations he drove drunk for the 14th time since 1994, according to online Waupaca County court records.

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Search for missing inmate in Marathon Co.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department is searching for a walkway inmate, according to a post on their Facebook page.

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One dead in Minocqua crash

A 34-year-old man is dead after he lost control of the car he was driving and rolled several times, according to Minocqua police.

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Firefighters rescue ducks in Rib Mountain Video included

Three ducks were rescued from a sewer drain on Rib Mountain Drive near Nicolet National Bank.

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Body found in Vilas Co. lake Video included

A body was pulled from a Vilas County lake Thursday, as crews searched for a missing Lac Du Flambeau man, according to an alert from the Lac Du Flambeau tribal police. 

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Sheriff: Thieves break-in to Marathon Co. store through hole in wall Video included

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Thieves made off with thousands of dollars in electronics after breaking into a store in Marathon County, according to the sheriff's office.

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UPDATE: Names released in fatal Wood Co. crash

A Nekoosa man died Wednesday after he was hit by another driver along State Highway 73, according to the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

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Police: Suspect called in school threat to divert attention from crime

A 21-year-old woman called in a threat of a gunman at a school to divert police away as she attempted to shoplift, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.

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Wausau Center Mall Younkers to close, eliminating 63 jobs

Younkers in the Wausau Center Mall will close "no sooner than April 1," eliminating 63 jobs, parent company Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said Wednesday in announcing the closing of 47 stores. 

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January 2018 Jefferson Award: Forrest Goetsch Charities

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - A  rare heart  condition caused 14-year old Forrest Goetsch to collapse and die during a cross-country practice on the track at  D.C. Everest Junior High School in 2009.

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Dec. 2017 Jefferson Award Winner: Tiffani Kruger Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A Stevens Point woman finds clothing for children who come from needy families, feeds the hungry and provides shelter to the homeless.   

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  • 5 charged in immigrant smuggling scheme after Texas crash

    5 charged in immigrant smuggling scheme after Texas crash

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:42 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:42:32 GMT
    (David Caltabiano/KABB/WOAI via AP). In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents...(David Caltabiano/KABB/WOAI via AP). In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents...
    Prosecutors: 5 people charged in 'smuggling scheme' after fatal crash of SUV fleeing Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies in South Texas.More >>
    Prosecutors: 5 people charged in 'smuggling scheme' after fatal crash of SUV fleeing Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies in South Texas.More >>
  • Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

    Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:42 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:42:16 GMT
    A letter signed by 120 victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar demands that Michigan State University's governing board remove interim school president John Engler.More >>
    A letter signed by 120 victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar demands that Michigan State University's governing board remove interim school president John Engler.More >>
  • Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

    Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:42 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:42:12 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    Child welfare agencies in the U.S. make tough decisions daily to separate children from their parents, but they have options for minimizing the trauma that aren't being used in the family separations at the Mexican...More >>
    Child welfare agencies in the U.S. make tough decisions daily to separate children from their parents, but they have options for minimizing the trauma that aren't being used in the family separations at the Mexican border.More >>
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  • Halting S.Korea-US drills risks weakening N.Korea deterrence

    Halting S.Korea-US drills risks weakening N.Korea deterrence

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:42 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:42:26 GMT
    (Kim Jun-bum/Yonhap via AP, File). FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exer...(Kim Jun-bum/Yonhap via AP, File). FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exer...
    Halting South Korea-US drills risks weakening allies' deterrence against North Korea.More >>
    Halting South Korea-US drills risks weakening allies' deterrence against North Korea.More >>
  • Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:42 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:42:19 GMT
    (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
  • 'Say bye to him': Detainee recounts agents taking her son

    'Say bye to him': Detainee recounts agents taking her son

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:42 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:42:09 GMT
    (Blanca Orantes-Lopez via AP). In this self portrait taken in Mexico in May 2018, Blanca Orantes-Lopez poses for a photo with her 8-year-old son, Abel Alexander, during the monthlong journey from their hometown of Puerto La Libertad, El Salvador, to th...(Blanca Orantes-Lopez via AP). In this self portrait taken in Mexico in May 2018, Blanca Orantes-Lopez poses for a photo with her 8-year-old son, Abel Alexander, during the monthlong journey from their hometown of Puerto La Libertad, El Salvador, to th...
    'Don't leave me, Mom': Woman from El Salvador describes separation from 8-year-old son after crossing border.More >>
    'Don't leave me, Mom': Woman from El Salvador describes separation from 8-year-old son after crossing border.More >>
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