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Prosecuting sex traffickers, giving victims better rightsSubmitted: 04/16/2014
WAUSAU - More people, including children, could be forced into prostitution.

Officials in Marathon county worry sex trafficking is growing in Wisconsin.

But a new bill could help police crack down on sex traffickers.

People often think human trafficking involves kidnapping and being sold into prostitution.

But experts say that isn't always like that.

They believe more people are being tricked into prostitution.

Some could be tricked by advertisements promising money in exchange for things like modeling.

"These kids many times get involved in this, get hooked on drugs. Then with people threatening them either for their own safety, or withholding drugs from them, threatening their families or their parents, they end up staying in this atmosphere," said Sen. Jerry Petrowski, (R) Marathon.

Officials believe sex trafficking has become a big problem because it's difficult to prosecute the right people.

The victims are often wrongly charged for prostitution.

Some lawmakers believe a new sex trafficking bill will ease penalties for victims and crack down on traffickers.

The bill changes the definition of trafficking so prosecutors won't have to prove a victim didn't give consent.

"It also allows someone that has been charged prior with prostitution as being a victim to be able to expunge those records. A lot of time people are dragged into this and there's no way they can get out, especially if they're very young people," said Petrowski.

The bill will let the state use assets, like property used in sex crimes, as evidence in court.

Victims will also have better confidentiality.

Officials hope that will get them to help prosecutors put traffickers in jail.

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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Four arrested in meth lab drug bust Submitted: 04/16/2014

RHINELANDER - Police busted four people cooking meth in a Northwoods home Tuesday.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office say they found them in a home yesterday just northwest of Rhinelander.

Sheriffs deputies arrested Gerry Frederick, Thomas Franz, Scott Dumpprope and Carrie Steinmetz.

It happened on Trails End Road in the town of Pine Lake.

They found meth, weed and a meth lab in the house.

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House demolished to make way for new construction project Submitted: 04/16/2014

MINOCQUA - Imagine seeing the home you grew up in being torn down to make way for a construction project. That's exactly what happened to one family in Minocqua. Here's a look today as they began tearing down the house.
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364 days until Tax DaySubmitted: 04/16/2014

RHINELANDER - Many people probably won't think about filing tax returns for at least another 9 months.

But you should start planning now to make filing your tax returns easier next year.

The IRS expected about 12 million taxpayers to file for 6 month extensions.

To avoid that next year, you should gather the documents you'll need throughout the year.

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Circumstantial evidence enough to convict man accused of murdering his wife Submitted: 04/16/2014

MERRILL - A Lincoln County jury found a Merrill–area man guilty of three charges in court Wednesday in connection to the disappearance and murder of his wife.

The jury deliberated for more than 7 ½ hours over a two day period. That was also after six days of testimony and evidence from both the prosecution and defense.

50-year-old Mark Bucki will get a mandatory life sentence for his first-degree intentional homicide conviction.

His wife Anita went missing after going to the couple’s house on the evening of April 25, 2013. Bucki claimed the two had an emotional conversation about the coming divorce between the two of them.

According to testimony, Anita wanted to get back together with Bucki, but Mark was seeing another woman and wanted to move on. He said he went to bed around midnight that evening. He said she was gone just before she woke up at five the next morning.

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Meth bust in town of Pine LakeSubmitted: 04/16/2014

RHINELANDER - Police arrested four people in a meth bust near Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department says the bust went down yesterday in the town of Pine Lake.

Arrested were 38 year old Gerry Frederick, 55 year old Thomas Franz, 40 year old Scott Dumpprope and 46 year old Carrie Steinmetz.

Potential charges include conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

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Support for baiting and feeding ban before deer seasonSubmitted: 04/16/2014

MADISON - Outdoor enthusiasts think Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season.

The Conservation Congress is a group of sportsmen that advises the DNR on policy.

Annual spring hearings across the state we held Monday.

People who attended answered nearly 60 questions asking for their positions on a number of proposals.

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Walker announces run for second termSubmitted: 04/15/2014

MADISON - Republican Governor Scott Walker wants another four year term.

Walker launched his re-election campaign today.

He's holding a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

He started the day in Dane, a small town north of Madison.

Walker said he deserves a second term because he turned Wisconsin around by cutting taxes, making sure everyone in poverty has access to health insurance and improved the economy leading to the creation of 100,000 new jobs.

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Moratorium on utility disconnections expiresSubmitted: 04/15/2014

MADISON - People behind on their utility bills could start getting shut off today.

That's because the state's winter moratorium on disconnecting utility customers is ending.

The law prohibits utilities from shutting off a customer's heat between November 1st and April 15th.

Nearly 26,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers got at least 4 months behind on payments this winter.

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