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DA: Tripoli man made terrorist threat against people caring for his ill wife

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 is in trouble again after threatening hospice workers caring for his terminally ill wife, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. 

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Three Badgers among TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2018

UW-Madison is well-represented in the latest edition of TIME Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people, which the TIME staff compiles based on candidates' lifetime achievements and how well they reflect the present moment.

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School bus transporting children crashes in Wausau

A school bus and car collided in Wausau Friday mid-morning.

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Deer tests positive for CWD in Oneida Co.

A deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Oneida County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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UPDATE: Marathon Co. death considered suspicious

The death of a man, whose body was found inside a Marathon City motel closet, is considered suspicious, according to a press release from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

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Second teenage girl accuses ex-Wausau East leader of sex assault

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The former director of Wausau East High School's audio/video tech crew is now accused of sexual contact with a second teenage girl, according to a criminal complaint. 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Violence in video games: A 30 year debate

As the wave of video games continues to sweep across the United States with 97% of kids aged 12 to 17 playing, a 30 year-old debate has rekindled.

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Bucks issue ticket fraud alert for playoff games

As the Milwaukee Bucks return home to host Games 3 and 4 of their first-round playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics, another opponent stands in the way.

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Residents react to death investigation in Marathon City Video included

A death investigation in Marathon City has residents searching for answers.

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UPDATE: Public not in danger, after man found dead in motel closet in Marathon City Video included

The public is believed to be not in any danger, after a man was found dead inside a motel in Marathon City, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office. 

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Unusual weather creating more potholes in Wausau Video included

Potholes continue to be an issue with the unusually cold weather in Wausau.

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High school students highlighted at Small Business Expo Video included

Small Business week continued Thursday with the Small Business Expo in Rothschild.

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Marathon Co. re-addressing project delayed Video included

The Marathon County Planning and Zoning Department will be resuming their plans of re addressing roads by April 30th. 

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Minocqua man pleads not guilty in 1982 beating death of his wife

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 69-year-old Minocqua man pleaded not guilty Thursday to accusations he killed his wife more than three decades ago, according to online Oneida County court records. 

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Portage County teacher gets ready for an ocean adventure Video included

A central Wisconsin teacher is packing her bags for a two week trip to the country's largest state. 

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Farmers struggle with cold, snowy spring Video included

Central Wisconsin farmers are struggling after a cold and snowy spring.

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Younkers in Marshfield will close its doors

The closure of Younkers stores nationwide is having an impact here in central Wisconsin. 

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Central Wisconsin golf courses sit idle Video included

Just one year ago, golfers across central Wisconsin were hitting the links, but as of Wednesday, golf courses were still waiting to open and the record snow-fall over the weekend didn't help.

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25 cows dead in Marathon Co. barn fire Video included

Multiple crews are on the scene of a barn fire in Marathon County.

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Tomahawk murder site to be demolished, father gets closure Video included

Rochelle Anderson was murdered in Tomahawk in 2008. Ten years later, the building where it happened is set to be torn down. 

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Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Truck tire scam Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of semi-truck tires in a scam that targets several central Wisconsin stores.

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UWSP students march to university leader offices Video included

UW-Stevens Point students are taking their fight against the budget cuts to the state capitol on all day on Wednesday.

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Brett Favre responds to 'failed' Monday Night Football audition

Packers legend Brett Favre reportedly "failed" an audition with 'Monday Night Football,' according to the New York Post.

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Search is on for Marathon Co. high-speed chase suspect Video included

Marathon County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect after a high-speed pursuit that extended into multiple areas of the county Monday night, according to a news release on Facebook.

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Antigo trucking company honors fallen hero Video included

An Antigo trucking company honored a fallen hero with a moving tribute.

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Wausau City Council swears in new members Video included

Three new council members were sworn into Wausau City Council Tuesday evening.

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Lingering winter weather causing deadly conditions for birds Video included

The repercussions of recent record snow fall is still being felt in central Wisconsin.

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Eagle River man accused of raping woman, threatening her with gun Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 38-year-old Eagle River man raped a woman and then pointed a gun at her and threatened to "blow (her) head off" if she ever told anyone, according to a criminal complaint. 

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2 charged in Eagle River meth lab bust Video included

Two people were charged after investigators found a meth lab in Eagle River in March, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Antigo businessman fined $10,000 in gambling machine dispute

MOSINEE (WAOW) - An Antigo businessman was fined $10,000 Tuesday for having a commercial gambling machine at a convenience store in Mosinee, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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Weston development moves forward Video included

The Camp Phillips Centre project has been in the works for years.

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Dollar General robber in Schofield sentenced to three years in prison Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 45-year-old Schofield man is sentenced to three years in prison for robbing a Dollar General in Schofield a year ago, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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Weston girl delivers stuffed animals to children in hospital Video included

Brinley Kressel's early struggle in the hospital has inspired her to help other kids. 

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Snow creates barrier between emergency crews and patient Video included

A dramatic rescue took place in Kronenwetter over the weekend, after the snow prevented first responders from getting to a patient.  

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Portage Co. town digs its way out of snow Video included

The weekend's spring snowstorm smashed the all time record in the Wausau area with over 20 inches of snow. 

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New law allows dispatcher to coach caller through CPR

A new law allows 911 dispatchers to give instructions over the phone on how to perform CPR. Governor Scott Walker the bill Monday

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UPDATE: Marathon Co. house fire under investigation Video included

A fire that broke out inside a Marathon County home Monday is under investigation.

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Small Business Week kicks off with legislators' forum Video included

Business owners and state legislators joined for lunch to kick off small business week on Monday.

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"Kinky Boots" set to take Grand Theater stage Video included

Broadway's hit musical, Kinky Boots, is making its way to Wausau for the first time next month.

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"What were you wearing?" sexual assault installation on display in Wausau Video included

The Women's Community teamed up with Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau to create the "What were you wearing?" exhibit. 

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Few businesses braved the spring storm Sunday Video included

Many businesses and events closed Sunday, due to the record breaking spring snowstorm. 

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Law enforcement advises drivers not to travel Sunday

Multiple law enforcement agencies in North Central Wisconsin are advising against driving in Sunday's storm conditions.

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Residents react to unusual spring snowstorm Video included

The April snowstorm caused confusion for residents who were getting ready to welcome Wisconsin spring season. However, that was not the situation for Saturday

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Fundraiser starts to help build veterans center in Northwoods Video included

The Northwoods Veterans Post held their first 'Bowling Thunder' event at Les & Jim's Lincoln Lanes in Merrill Saturday afternoon. 

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Hemp farming makes its way to Wisconsin Video included

The Wisconsin State of Agriculture has received 85 applications from farmers who want to start planting hemp seeds. Farmers have applied all over the state including Marathon County. According to the department, the seeds need to have less than three percent of the T-H-C which works as an active ingredient in marijuana. A drug that is illegal in the badger state. However, there comes extra rules for farmers who are allowed to start planting the seeds. "Well the state has to p...

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A "hoppy" northwoods company celebrates its grand opening Video included

The Rhinelander Brewery and Tour Centre has been in the works since 2009.

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Foxconn general contractors give presentation in Rhinelander

Representatives from construction companies gathered in the northwoods Friday afternoon to see how, and if they could play a role in the Foxconn development.

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Unseasonable cold weather affecting local farmers Video included

The lasting cold weather hitting central Wisconsin has come at a surprise for local farmers. 

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Recount in Marathon Co. confirms county board member selection Video included

A Marathon County board member remained the winner after a recount was petitioned by his challenger. 

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PHOTOS: Hail hits southern Wisconsin as strong storms move through

Megan House photo in Baraboo, April 13, 2018. Megan House photo in Baraboo, April 13, 2018.

There were reports of hail from Richland Center to Baraboo areas as a severe thunderstorm moved through several counties of southern Wisconsin.

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Small Business Week in Wausau kicks off Monday

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau celebrates business owners and their contributions to the community during Small Business Week that starts Monday and will feature the awarding of some small business honors. Fourteen businesses or charitable non-profit groups have been nominated in three categories for Small Business of the Year awards.

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Stevens Point homeless man convicted again in bizarre bank box incident Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - For a second time Friday, a 38-year-old homeless man accused of putting a bag containing a dead cat, a loaf of bread and a dollar bill wrapped around a rock into a bank deposit box to "cleanse the bank of fraud" has been convicted of three felonies, according to online Portage County court records. 

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Marathon Co. Jail looking for walkaway inmate

Authorities at the Marathon County Jail are searching for a inmate who did not return.

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UW-Stevens Point students devote their time planning for Trivia 49 Video included

Students at the UW-Stevens Point radio station have worked for months preparing for the world's largest trivia contest.

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John Marshall Elementary students and staff talk tornado drills Video included

A statewide tornado drill sounded early Thursday afternoon.

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Wausau committee approves Thomas St. duplexes Video included

Wausau city leaders continue to make way on the next move for Thomas Street.  

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Northwoods jail renovations near completion Video included

The Price County jail is done with the first phase of its jail renovation project.

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Price Co. Officer honored for role in romance fraud bust Video included

The Department of Justice honored a Price County investigator Thursday for his role in bringing down an international cyber crime operation.

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Wausau chamber leader: Workforce shortage is "significant" Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - New studies warn of a looming worker shortage in central Wisconsin as baby boomers retire and an exodus of young people occurs. 

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Two-day trial set for Niagara man arrested after Wausau man's death

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A two-day trial was set Thursday for a Niagara man arrested after the 77-year-old father of his girlfriend was found dead in a garage in Wausau, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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UPDATE: Fire chief says no cause yet for Mosinee house fire Video included

How a fire erupted in a garage and severely damaged a home remained a mystery Thursday, Mosinee Interim Fire Chief Stephen Haas said.

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Wood Co. man spends hours uploading high school photos Video included

For more than a year, a Wisconsin Rapids man worked long hours using modern technology to preserve high school memories.

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Wood Co. man cuts leg on knife in pants following argument Video included

A man cut himself with a knife after the blade fell into his pants following an argument with a woman he lived with, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.

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Vandalism spree in Marshfield damages a business, cars Video included

A vandalism spree in Marshfield Tuesday night into Wednesday morning damaged roughly 10 cars and a business.

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ALERT: Newsline 9 at 6 delayed due to technical difficulties

Newsline 9 is experiencing technical difficulties, preventing us from broadcasting as normal.

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Sara's Law signed into action at Marathon Co. Courthouse Video included

Legislation sparked by the March 22, 2017 shooting rampage was signed into law Wednesday. 

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Political expert reacts to Paul Ryan's decision Video included

Political experts in central Wisconsin weighed in on Paul Ryan's decision to not seek re-election.  

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Mosinee woman surprised with cake after 3-year-old tweet Video included

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A Mosinee woman took to Facebook after a candy company made good on a three-year-old Twitter joke by sending her a cake.

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State drug charges against central Wisconsin couple dismissed

WHITEHALL (WAOW) - Prosecutors in Trempealeau County are dismissing state charges against a Tomahawk man and a Wausau woman arrested following police chases that led to the seizure of nearly 300 pounds of marijuana, two guns and some Mexican currency, according to online court records reviewed Wednesday. 

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Gov. Walker signs bill inspired by March 22 shooting

Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill into law that was inspired by the March 22 shooting.

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Mosinee man accused of 7th OWI pleads not guilty

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Mosinee man stopped for driving at night with only fog lights on pleaded not guilty Wednesday to his seventh offense of drunken driving since 1991, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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Man sentenced again in Northwoods standoff gets probation this time

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A Tripoli man convicted a second time for his role in an hours-long standoff with police after a domestic dispute more than two years ago was placed on three years probation Wednesday, according to online Oneida County court records. 

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Dispatchers honored for Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Video included

For 24 hours a day, there's always someone responding inside the 911 dispatchers center.

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Riverlife Park project moves forward with changes

Several changes are coming to the Riverlife development.

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Marathon Co. board approves mining ordinance Video included

The Marathon County board approved an ordinance that would regulate mining in the county.

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Schofield man pulls knife after drink dispute Video included

A 44-year-old Schofield man held a large knife to a bar patron's neck after the man tried to buy him a drink, according to a criminal complaint. 

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Mobile home park license revoked, residents given 20 days to appeal Video included

The license for Northern Mobile Home park has been revoked after a unanimous vote by the city council Monday night.

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Marathon County Highway promotes national work zone safety Video included

In 2017 there were 2,763 crashes in Wisconsin road construction zones, according to state officials.

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Portage Co. community may lose battle over violent sex offender placement Video included

A sexually violent person(SVP) was placed into a rural Portage County community Monday.

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Three years after fire, Woodruff senior center to be rebuilt with new name

WOODRUFF (WAOW) - Three years after Lakeland Senior Center burned down, leaders announced plans Tuesday to rebuild it as both a place for seniors and youth.

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Third and final flag found in Kenny Chesney contest

The third "No Shoes Nation" flag was found Monday in Marshfield, marking a young woman from Wausau the lucky winner of some Kenny Chesney tickets.

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Police: Second woman sexually harassed in UWSP parking lot Video included

A second female student was threatened at UW-Stevens Point last week when she heard a suspect say "gang bang" from a nearby car, according to UWSP Police.

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State Patrol warns drivers during Work Zone Awareness Week Video included

As the snows continues to melt, more constructions zones will show up in central Wisconsin.

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Schofield mobile home park losing its license Video included

Northern Mobile Park located on Grand Avenue in Schofield will be losing it's license after reports of unsafe living conditions, according to the city council.

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Marathon Co. board to discuss future of mining ordinance Tuesday Video included

The Marathon County board is to vote on a metallic mining ordinance Tuesday.

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Huge icicle forms after record precipitation, chilly temps Video included

A sight you don't usually see in April can be found at a home on Wausau's east side.

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2 intentional fires leave dozens without place to stay

Dozens of people are forced from their apartment homes in Milwaukee for a second night after two arson fires.

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Inmate turned barber hosts benefit for woman in need

A former inmate turned barber is giving back to the community, by helping a Fox Valley woman he just met for the first time.

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Merrill school uses Candy Land dance to raise money Video included

An elementary school in Merrill recreated the Candy Land game inside the school as part of a fundraising dance.

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Table tennis enthusiasts gather to honor beloved Merrill pastor Video included

Over 60 different table tennis teams from all over the Midwest filled the gym at Northland Lutheran High School to honor Jim Weiland, a beloved Merrill pastor who died from a car crash in January.

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Weston gym holds log rolling classes Video included

Every Sunday the Weston YMCA has over 30 kids coming in to try out log rolling.

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Wausau police warn residents of car thefts

The Wausau Police Department is warning residents to lock their cars after a string of vehicle thefts.

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UPDATE: Suspect identified in deadly charter bus shooting in Rockford

Rockford Police have identified the suspect from Saturday's deadly shooting on a private charter bus.

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Slain officer's family to christen police boat in his honor

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The family of an Ohio SWAT officer fatally shot during a standoff in Columbus two years ago will help christen a new police boat in his honor. Columbus police say the new watercraft will be dedicated Monday in the name of Officer Steven Smith. The mayor, police chief and other city officials are scheduled to join Smith's family for the dedication ceremony at a boathouse in Hilliard.  The 54-year-old Smith was shot in the head during an attempted a...

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Area veterans participate in turkey hunting weekend Video included

Though turkey hunting season has not begun, veterans from Wisconsin braced the cold temperatures Saturday morning to do exactly that.

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Water problems reported in Merrill Video included

The Merrill Police Department posted a public service announcement to their Facebook Saturday evening after reports of water issues.

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Hundreds of kids attend history event in Stevens Point Video included

The Museum of Natural History at the U-W Stevens Point campus held its annual "Collection Crawl" Saturday. More than 600 kids walked through the museum to collect stamps on paper passports on various booths as they get a brief history lesson about artifacts around the globe. Directors of the museum said the event is a success every year and is a good way to have the public learn about history. "It's really a chance for the museum to show what we do and for the public...

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Attorney General to provide more police chaplain training Video included

More officers are likely to die from a suicide than in the line of duty, according to lawofficer.com

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New law in Wisconsin mandates flashing lights on horse buggies Video included

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that will require all horse driven buggies to have a flashing light in the back.

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Wine and Cheese event draws big crowd in Stevens Point Video included

Hundreds of people gathered to support the Boys and Girls Club at the Stevens Point Airport Friday evening.

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Cigarette to blame for deadly house fire in Taylor Co. Video included

An elderly woman is dead after a cigarette ignites a house on fire in Taylor County Friday, according to the Taylor County 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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