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UPDATE: Woman found father dead in Wausau garage Video included

A woman told police she found her father dead in the garage of his home on the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and authorities are ruling it a homicide.

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Mosinee teen in school gun incident in more trouble

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 17-year-old Mosinee High School student accused of having a rifle and a pistol plus several knives in his pickup truck parked at school when he went to classes now faces charges of stealing a teacher's cell phone and damaging it. 

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Longtime central Wisconsin musician passes away

A beloved Central Wisconsin music legend passed away, according to his obituary. 

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Wausau teen accused of raping 13-year-old girl during drinking party

A Wausau teenager placed a knife at a screaming and crying 13-year-old girl's throat, ripped off her clothes and raped her before a knock on a bedroom door stopped the assault and she was able to run away, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. 

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Central Wis. teen wants change in wake of Fla. shooting Video included

A Wausau area student is organizing a display of solidarity for the Florida shooting victims.

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Wausau Fire Department ready with bullet proof gear Video included

The Wausau Fire Department is taking extra measures to rescue victims in case of an active situation. 

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WAOW News app now offering closings alerts Video included

You can now find out about school closings before you even hop out of bed in the morning!

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Mosinee teen pleads not guilty in high school gun incident

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 17-year-old Mosinee High School student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to having a rifle and a pistol plus several knives in his pickup truck parked at school when he went to classes, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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UPDATE: Two people injured in Wis. 29 car crash Video included

A crash has closed the left lane of Wis. 29 eastbound near Hatley, according to an alert from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

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Wausau police probing possible accidental prescription drug death

Police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old man as a possible accidental prescription drug overdose, Detective Jennifer Holz said Tuesday. 

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DA: Man snapped neck of girlfriend's dog

A 23-year-old man snapped his girlfriend's dog's neck after an argument, according to a criminal complaint filed in Marathon County.

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Merrill man, 65, accused of sexually assaulting six-year-old girl Video included

MERRILL (WAOW) - While playing a game called "monsters," a 65-year-old Merrill man pulled off the pants of a six-year-old girl and touched her genitals, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. 

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Rep. Sean Duffy's office confirms re-election bid

Rep. Sean Duffy's office confirms he will run for re-election in the fall, spokesman Mark Bednar confirmed to Newsline 9 Monday.

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Medford woman to repay $6,500 in Aspirus embezzlement case Video included

A former Aspirus manager responsible for billing and contracting work reached a plea deal involving accusations that she concealed payments due the hospital into a Medford Emergency Medical Services Association account and stole the money, according to online Taylor County court records. 

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Trial ordered for woman accused in Spencer heroin death Video included

A judge Monday ordered a trial for a 27-year-old Marshfield woman accused of supplying fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a 22-year-old Spencer man found dead in his bedroom, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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UPDATE: Wausau won't face fines from sewage overflow Video included

The city of Wausau will not face fines after millions of gallons of sewage spilled into the Wisconsin River, according to a press release from the public works department. 

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Conservative radio host Jerry Bader says 'no regrets' after termination

A conservative radio show host based in Green Bay has been let go after nearly two decades on air.

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UPDATE: Thomas St. project to move forward, despite new test results Video included

Wausau city leaders say construction of Thomas Street will move forward, despite increased levels of the chemical dioxin in soil, according to a press release.

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Marathon Co. historical society hosts annual Victorian tea party Video included

Residents were able to go back into time Thursday afternoon.

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DA: Wisconsin Rapids father spiked drink to abort unborn baby Video included

A 32-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man attempted to kill his unborn child by spiking the mother's water bottle with a drug designed to terminate a pregnancy, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. 

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Weston students celebrate history day Video included

More than 400 8th grade students came together Wednesday to showcase their historical projects.

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Merrill man held on child sex assault charges

A 65-year-old Merrill man is being held in connection with an ongoing sexual assault of a child investigation, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's office.

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Wausau Center Mall Younkers to close, eliminating 63 jobs Video included

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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Younkers parent company to close 40 stores in 2018

The Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of store brands such as Boston Store, Younkers, and Carson's, announced Thursday morning a plan to close 40 stores in the coming year.

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Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Possible child predator

Marathon County investigators need new clues to find a possible child predator.

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UPDATE: Wausau armed robbery suspect facing Madison murder charge

The 37-year-old man charged with two armed robberies in Wausau confessed to a murder in Madison, according to Marathon County court records. 

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Red Door Family Farm uses hospitality, transparency to run their farm

Farms across Central Wisconsin deliver fresh organic produce weekly to various locations throughout the area. 

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BAND BATTLE: Merrill High School band shows off on Wake Up

Sound the horns! Merrill High School kicked off our Band Battle on Wake Up Wisconsin!

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Candlelight vigil planned Sunday in Weston for shooting victims

WESTON (WAOW) - A candlelight vigil is planned Sunday in Kennedy Park to remember the four people killed in a shooting rampage.

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Memorials set for shooting victims

Memorials are now set for two of the four victims in the Marathon County shooting rampage.

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UPDATE: Gun holster prompts lockdown at Marathon Co. Courthouse

Witnesses tell Newsline 9 civilians inside were asked to leave the building and are gathering outside.

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UPDATE: Brother says Nengmy Vang called him after being shot by police

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The older brother of a man suspected of killing four people says Nengmy Vang had been acting "crazy" since separating from his wife a few years ago.

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Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Holiday travel safety

RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - AAA predicts 108 million Americans will travel this holiday season, and most will drive. Marathon County Crime Stoppers has some tips to help you reach your destination safely.

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Brady leads Super Bowl's biggest comeback, Patriots win 34-28 in OT

Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports, let alone Super Bowl history, lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the Patriots' fifth NFL championship in the game's first overtime finish.

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11 cows die when gravel truck smashes into rural Wausau barn

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Eleven cows died and a dump truck driver was hurt when the truck lost control and crashed into a barn full of cattle near Wausau, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. 

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UPDATE: Body found in Rib Mountain identified as Asian male

A partially decomposed body was found Thursday at Rib Mountain State Park according to the Marathon County Sheriffs Department.

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UPDATE: Police: 2009 video has no connection to missing Antigo teen

ANTIGO (WAOW) - A video investigated in the disappearance of Antigo teen Kayla Berg in 2009 is fake and does not relate to an abduction or illegal activity, Police Chief Erick Roller said Wednesday.

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Rain creates icy roads, knocks out power to hundreds in northern Wis.

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Icy roads, sidewalks and power lines remained a problem throughout central Wisconsin Monday morning.

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Ryan & Martinez out, Randall back for Packers

The Packers are missing linebackers Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez, offensive linemen T.J. Lang and JC Tretter for Monday's game with the Eagles, but cornerback Damarious Randall returns to their lineup.

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October 2016 Jefferson Award Winner: Keri Anne Connaughty

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wausau woman has made it her mission to end domestic violence. For her efforts, Keri Anne Connaughty is the Jefferson Award winner for October.

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Sept. 2016 Jefferson Award Winner: He volunteers from Wausau to Kenya

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Jefferson Award winner for September is a leader who helps raise money for youth programs in Wausau and helped build water wells in Kenya so families no longer have to walk 15 miles to get it.

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Dementia patient throws out first pitch

An Antigo man threw out a special first pitch at Athletic Park in Wausau, earlier in August. Ray Arndt, a member of the Kenosha Comets Baseball Hall of Fame threw out the first pitch for the Wausau Woodchucks on August 11. Arndt suffers from dementia, but in his playing days he played against the likes of Satchel Paige. More>>

The Latest: Police in standoff near officer shooting

Authorities say two police officers have been shot in a San Diego neighborhood, and a suspect is reportedly in custody.

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Walker calls for more discussion about bullying after Antigo shooting

ANTIGO (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is calling for more discussion about bullying in the wake of a shooting outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin. 

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Family of injured Antigo teen says he will recover

ANTIGO (WAOW) - Parents of the teenager seriously wounded by a gunman at the Antigo High School prom say their son is doing well and they asked for people to pray for the family of the slain shooter. 

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Teen wounded in Antigo prom shooting released from hospital

ANTIGO (WAOW) - The teenager seriously wounded in the Antigo High School prom shooting was released from a Wausau hospital Friday, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller said. 

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June 2016 Jefferson Award Winner: Evelyn Baumann Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Evelyn Baumann of Wausau has volunteered thousands of hours in knitting prayer shawls for the dying and sick.

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May 2016 Jefferson Award winner Anne Drow: "I just feel it's a calling" Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW)-- A Wausau woman is recognized with May's Jefferson Award for her volunteer efforts to help jail inmates and prison parolees transition back into society.   

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April 2016 Jefferson Award: Veteran Joseph Kelbley of Rothschild Video included

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) - A Rothschild Army veteran who volunteers to help others who served their country is April's Jefferson Award winner.

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Four Democrats seeking to challenge Duffy in November

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Candidates in four of Wisconsin's eight congressional districts look headed for primaries on Aug. 9. Nomination papers aren't due until Wednesday.

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Crews respond to Marathon County bus fire

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A coach bus caught fire on an area highway early this morning. Officers say it happened around 1:15 on US 51 and state highway 29 overpass When authorities arrived the driver was outside of the vehicle, which was on the side of the road.

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Fatal bat disease spreads in Wisconsin

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A fatal bat disease continues to spread across Wisconsin.     

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Oct. 2015 Jefferson Award: Katie Clay

ANTIGO (WAOW)-   A childhood memory continues to inspire an Antigo woman to make the holidays brighter for children from needy families.     

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Two Central Wisconsin fire departments team up for a cause

WAUSAU (WAOW)---- February is American Heart Month and two groups in Central Wisconsin are celebrating this month by educating the community to help save others lives: Central Wisconsin CPR Challenge. 

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Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Pistol crossbow shooter

WAUSAU (WAOW ) - The search is on to find a  pistol crossbow shooter who left a trail of damage in Wausau.

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Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Elderly woman's purse stolen

TOWN OF BERLIN (WAOW)- An 87-year old Marathon County woman hit a robber with her cane several times but was unsuccessful in stopping the thief from stealing her purse  More>>

Sept. 2015 Jefferson Award: Ron DeBoth

PRENTICE (WAOW) - Ron DeBoth never hesitates to volunteer -- whether it involves fighting fires, mowing his church's lawn, donating blood or making sure there's plenty of food for a community celebration. More>>

Aug. 2015 Jefferson Award: Roseann DeBot

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)- Roseann DeBot has been involved with Operation Bootstrap in Stevens Point  since the 1960's helping needy families with food, clothing and shelter. More>>

June 2015 Jefferson Award: Steve Sharon

PELICAN LAKE (WAOW) - A Pelican Lake man who volunteers as an emergency medical technician and does other things to help his community is the Jefferson Award aware winner for June. More>>

April 2015 Jefferson Award: Gene Bebel

MERRILL (WAOW)- A former Merrill educator is recognized for his efforts to see the River Bend Trail in Merrill become reality. More>>

March 2015 Jefferson Award: Jim Wise

TOMAHAWK (WAOW)- Jim Wise of Tomahawk is our Jefferson Award winner. More>>

Feb. 2015 Jefferson Award: Shirley Mook

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - A Marshfield woman who loves history is the February Jefferson Award winner. More>>

Dec. 2014 Jefferson Award: Karen Rau

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - A Marshfield woman "passionate about animals" and working to build the first-ever permanent animal shelter in town wins the Jefferson Award for December.
 
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UPDATE: Two drug busts in less than a month at a Wausau house

Wausau Police are the scene of a drug investigation on the southeast side, according to investigators. More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Gun range shot up

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Vandals entered Wausau Skeet and Trap Club near Brokaw and -- with a shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle -- shot up equipment. More>>

Portage Co. Crime Stoppers: Fake Money

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Portage County investigators are searching for counterfeiters have cashed hundreds of dollars in bogus bills at area businesses  More>>

Upper Michigan man charged in dog's death

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The owner of a dog that died in a locked car with its windows up as temperatures inside soared to 120 degrees has been ordered into Marathon County Circuit Court after being charged with felony mistreatment of an animal causing its death. More>>

CDC reminds parents back-to-school means immunization check-ups too

With the school year quickly approaching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds parents to take a close look at their child's immunization records to protect them from diseases.  More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Vandals paint bridge and skate park

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Vandals using spray paint caused thousands of dollars in damage in Weston and Rothschild during a late-night spree last month. More>>

Tech consultant to challenge U.S. Rep. Duffy

WOODRUFF, Wis. (AP) -- A consultant to technology companies plans to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in northern and central Wisconsins 7th District next year. Stevens Point native Kirk Bangstad launched his campaign Tuesday. More>>

Weston man, 59, dies while scuba diving

TOWN OF BROCKWAY, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a 59-year-old man has died after taking part in scuba diving exercises at a Wisconsin lake where another diver died eight days earlier. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Operation dry water

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources teamed up with the United States Coast Guard the last weekend in June to crack down on drunken boating in a mission they call Operation Dry Water. More>>

Calling it a Career: Desta Krueger & Barb Simon

Two Mosinee Middle School teachers are calling it a career. They say it's time to close the books after years of teaching together. More>>

Gov. Walker approves improvement project at Wausau Downtown Airport

The Wausau Downtown Airport will soon get some new additions. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: WAOW celebrates 50 years

Channel 9 is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting! More>>

Small business week wraps up in Wausau

Friday was the end of a week of celebrating small business in Wausau.  More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Walmart theft

RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Marathon County Crime Stoppers released pictures of two men suspected in an elaborate shoplifting scheme to steal several items from a major retailer. More>>

Microbead ban, online driving courses bill pass Assembly

The stage is set for a busy day at the Capitol, as the Wisconsin State Assembly is scheduled to take up several measures Tuesday. More>>

Brain cancer forces former Newsline 9 anchor to step down from desk

Former Newsline 9 anchor Dave Benton passed along some sad news on his Facebook page. More>>

Wisconsin Valley Fair lineup revealed

Some exciting news! We now know which artist will be taking the stage at the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau this summer. More>>

School closings and delays

Some school closings and delays are coming into our newsroom. More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Arson probe

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Marathon County Crime Stoppers is searching for an arsonist who destroyed a camper and a pickup truck.

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Portage Co. Crime Stoppers: Pop-a-Top burglary

BANCROFT (WAOW) - Portage County Crime Stoppers seeks help in solving a break-in at the Pop-a-Top pub on County Highway W in Bancroft.


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UPDATE Girl Scout cookies delayed but not here

One of the suppliers of Girl Scout cookies is behind in the production of thin mints, which may cause some delays in getting cookies delivered.

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High court revokes Wausau attorney's license

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has decided a Wausau lawyer charged with multiple counts of misconduct can no longer practice law in Wisconsin. More>>

Church bus carrying Wausau children goes up in flames

A church bus carrying about 30 children from Wausau caught fire in Green Bay late Friday afternoon. More>>

Vote for Hank the Ballpark Pup for "Dog of the Year"

You can vote for Hank the Ballpark Pup for the “Dog of the Year” award for a contest on CW! More>>

81-year-old Packers fan passes away after fulfilling Lambeau dream

The 81-year-old Wausau woman who went to her first Green Bay Packers game in October has passed away. More>>

UPDATE: Name of teen killed in Marathon Co. crash released

A 17-year-old Mosinee girl was killed in the crash on Wisconsin 34 in Marathon County, according to Wisconsin State Patrol officials.
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Marathon County Crime Stoppers

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Con artists are once again targeting people in the Wausau area with telephone scams.  

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Hmong New Year celebration this weekend

Saturday and Sunday will be the Hmong New Year celebration in Wausau. More>>

Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Hit and run bridge damage

ATHENS (WAOW) - Marathon County Crime Stoppers is looking for a hit and run driver who crashed into a bridge near Athens and jeopardized public safety.

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Curling Centers open to everyone this weekend

This weekend the Wausau Curling Center is opening its doors to seasoned curlers and newcomers alike. More>>

Portage County Crime Stoppers: Auto repair shop burglary

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Portage County Crime Stoppers is asking for your help to catch a thief who took money and damaged property.On September 25, the owner of K S Auto Repair showed up to work and noticed the back door open. Someone had pried the door open, broken into a safe and stole money from it," said Sgt. Mike Lukas.Portage County Crime Stoppers says the monetary theft and damage to the property tops one-thousand dollars.Sgt. Lukas says the auto repair shop is located in a high traffic... More>>

Help for crafting Halloween costumes

Halloween is just nine days away. It's time to dress up in costumes and hit the streets for some trick or treating, or stop by Halloween parties. More>>

Marathon County Crimestoppers: Car break-ins

Investigators release surveillance photos that they believe show the suspect in a rash of car break-ins and thefts in the Weston and Rothschild area. More>>

Sept. 2014 Jefferson Award: Rachel Ley

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- A Stevens Point teenager with a love of reading is recognized for her volunteer efforts to help parents begin reading to their children -- even as babies.


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Hmong leader honored in Wausau

A Hmong leader during the Vietnam war was honored in central Wisconsin.  More>>

Calling it a Career: Captain Bob Akey

58-year-old Bob Akey is hanging up his helmet after 27 years at the Merrill Fire Department.
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Packers preseason game on Newsline 9

Newsline 9 is your home for all things Packers Saturday as the Green and Gold takes on the St. Louis Rams. More>>

Justin Loew accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

A new Internet craze is sweeping the country – it's called the Ice Bucket Challenge! More>>

4-H members prepare for Wisconsin Valley Fair

Planning an event the size of Wisconsin Valley Fair is quite an undertaking. More>>

Wisconsin Public Service responds to customer scam calls

Wisconsin Public Service is receiving reports from numerous customers of scam calls. More>>

Portage County Crime Stoppers: Park vandals Video included

Sometime on the evening of Saturday May 17, vandals cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the Zenoff Park softball complex in Stevens Point. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Calling it a career

A Wausau school administrator is saying goodbye to her passion. More>>

Wausau Ginseng business expands overseas

The ginseng plant has a big impact on the United States and Marathon County. More>>

Farmers experience a challenging crop season from rain

The weather has not been on Wisconsin farmers' good side. More>>

Discussion about Weston bus service

The village's public health and safety committee will look at possible changes in the route. More>>

Wausau schools wrap up Wednesday

After being stuck indoors all these months, Lincoln Elementary students are excited for the school year coming to a close. More>>

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