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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/23/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll take you live to Schofield and bring you the latest information on the shooting in that area Wednesday that took the life of a police officer and 3 other people and put several places in the Wausau area on lockdown.

We'll show you how the Merrill Fire Department is honoring the officer who was killed in the shooting incident, and we'll talk to the Oneida County Sheriff about how the county's Special Response Team feels about being able to assist the officers on the scene.

And today was day 9 of the trial for Kristopher Torgerson, the Wausau man who is accused of killing Stephanie Low and burying her body in Forest County. We'll bring you the details of the hearing.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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 LOCAL NEWS

SCHOFIELD - Authorities say two bank employees, an attorney, and a police officer are the victims of Wednesday's series of shootings in the Wausau area.

On Thursday, we learned 40-year-old Jason Weiland, a detective and 15-year veteran of the Everest Metro Police Department, was the officer killed.

Soon after, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said Dianne M. Look, 67, and Karen L. Barclay, 62, died after being shot at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Sara H. Quirt Sann, 43, an attorney at Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks, also died.

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MADISON - Cheese may become Wisconsin's official dairy product.

Wisconsin lawmakers want to give cheese the honor after encouragement from some fourth-graders at Mineral Point Elementary School.

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WABENO - In school classrooms in Wabeno and in the community, the upcoming April 4 referendum is on the mind.

"There is an energy. There is an excitement," said Caroline Lampereur of the Wabeno Home and School Association, which supports the referendum.

Wabeno will ask taxpayers for $1.6 million for each of the next five years to keep its school operating as is.

"We want to maintain all of our operational programs and opportunities that we have for our students, as well as our extracurricular activities," said Wabeno Superintendent Jennifer Vogler.

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LAND O' LAKES - Picasso, Van Gough, and even Andy Warhol all had to start somewhere.

This month Land O' Lakes Arts displays local students' artwork in a gallery in honor of Youth Art Month. The gallery holds 112 different art pieces from students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

LONDON - The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed on a gun-and-knife incident at Britain's Parliament in London.

Trump himself said during a brief appearance Wednesday before reporters at the White House that he was just getting the news. He called it "big news."

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MADISON - If you ever wondered if a gallon of gas really is a full gallon of gas, the state of Wisconsin has a handful of job openings that might interest you.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures division hopes to hire three petroleum systems specialists to fill current vacancies.

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MADISON - Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold launched a new nonprofit political advocacy group Wednesday focused on voters' rights, campaign finance reform, protecting the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College.

Feingold told The Associated Press that the goal of his group, called LegitAction, is to connect local activists with the larger movement and not be distracted by more trivial, daily controversies surrounding President Donald Trump.

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DETROIT - A woman has been convicted of kidnapping a Detroit-area college student in 2000 after years of living under a different name in Wisconsin.

Kim Johns was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and other crimes in Detroit federal court. She was captured a year ago living under an alias in Marathon County, Wisconsin

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