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Rep. Sean Duffy speaks about Virginia shooting, thinks something should be done about mental health servicesSubmitted: 08/27/2015

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ROANOKE, VA - A former colleague killed a reporter and photographer on live television in Virginia Wednesday. 

Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were killed.

Police say a former reporter Vester Flanagan killed them.

Vicki Gardner, the woman being interviewed was hurt.


Alison Parker's father Andy said he wants to make sure people who are mentally ill don't get guns.

While Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) was in Merrill Thursday he spoke about the shooting.

Duffy felt something should be done about mental health, but he doesn't think gun control is the answer. 

"There's a bill in the house that I'm a cosponsor of, that I think will revamp how we're dealing with mental health. But this was a situation where, though I think the station knew that this individual was unstable, I don't think anyone foresaw that he was going to grab a gun and go and shoot live on television," Rep. Duffy said. 

So far, the bill Duffy cosponsored has only been introduced.

Gardner is in good condition.


Story By: Kaitlyn Howe

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MERRILL - A local technical college wants to make sure first responders get all the training they need.

That's why NTC in Merrill wanted a rail car.

First responders can use the car to learn how to handle derailments and crashes.

NTC leaders think Merrill is a good place for the rail car.

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WAUSAU - Police think a Wausau man used a baby to protect himself from the SWAT team during a standoff Wednesday night. It happened on the 100 block of South 7th Street.

Neighbors told police the man had a gun and was inside of a home with a woman and an eight-month-old baby.

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WAUSAU - Prosecutors want to prove a Stevens Point man put many people in danger by allegedly taking part in a shootout last month.

Brian Fisher, 35, was in court Thursday. He faces multiple felony counts of recklessly endangering safety and one count of having a gun as a convicted felon.

Police say Fisher shot his gun at 36-year-old Morgan Sykes on July 8th at It's Our Clubhouse bar. They say they used video from a surveillance camera to identify Fisher in the shooting.

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MERRILL - A new first aid kit will help Merrill's K-9 unit stay safe.

It was a donation, and all they needed to do was post a picture on Facebook.

The kit was donated through the We Ride to Provide organization.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - American Family Insurance is doubling its spending on advertising and donations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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GREEN BAY - Two people have been found dead inside a vehicle that apparently crashed into a Green Bay tire shop, which was destroyed by fire.

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IRON COUNTY, MICHIGAN - State troopers in Upper Michigan arrested two people after reports of an explosion and gunfire in Iron County.

It happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon at a home in Mastadon Township.

The investigation showed two people tried to bring down a structure using fireworks and a large amount of tannerite.

That's an explosive primarily used to make exploding targets.

Commercial grade fireworks, a large quantity of tannerite, and "pipe bomb" type explosives were seized.

Charges are being sought against the two people involved.

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TOMAH - The troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center will be making changes to address staff shortages.

The VA will be temporarily closing hospital's 11-bed inpatient psychiatric unit.

It has stopped admitting new patients.

The VA's Matthew Gowan believes the two patients currently in the unit likely will be discharged before the September 4th closure.

Any veteran requiring psychiatric treatment will be transferred to VA facilities in Madison and Milwaukee, or to non-VA hospitals.

Tomah VA Medical Center also plans to suspend psychiatric admissions to its residential long-term care facility until additional staff are hired.

The nursing home will continue admitting veterans with non-psychiatric needs.

Hours for the Urgent Care clinic will be permanently reduced.

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