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Wausau School District wants every student to have iPad or Chromebook by 2018Submitted: 09/23/2014

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WAUSAU - The Wausau School District wants every student in the district to have either an iPad or Chromebook.

They hope to reach that goal by 2018.

Buying the computers and training could cost the district more than $2 million.

The district started giving out iPads to some students two years ago.

But the district might have to go to a referendum to get them to everyone.

"Right now we're looking at a variety of things but in reality some is going to come through the regular budget and we're probably going to need to look at an operational referendum in order to be able to truly get to a one to one districtwide," says Director of Secondary Education Thom Hahn.

This is the first year some students in the district are getting Chromebooks.

The district thinks that getting this technology for everyone will help students.

"I think that there's going to be a need for a lot of education on the part of the district we're going to need to be able to prove to the taxpayers that this is something that is necessary and will benefit the students," says Hahn.

The district hopes to give iPads to elementary school students.

They would give Chromebooks to middle and high school students.

"The touch screen display for elementary school students just seems to be something that they take to and it works extremely well with them. The middle school and the high school we start to see a lot more writing taking place and there's a stronger emphasis on the need for a Chromebook," says Hahn.

The district thinks the technology will help students get more involved in class.

They also hope to get a lot of their material online.

"At the elementary it could be a combination of applications. At the secondary what we want to do is see our teachers and students really have access to materials online all the time. And I think that's one of the key pieces to this, like one of our education department goals is to provide anywhere, anytime access," says Director of Technology and Media Services Bryon Kolbeck.

Story By: Kaitlyn Howe

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 LOCAL NEWS
Dems outspend Republicans in summer TV ads; expect things to heat up even more with close raceSubmitted: 09/23/2014

ACROSS WISCONSIN - You should expect to see even more political advertisements as the November election approaches.

A report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows Democrats spent more than Republicans for the governor's race on television ads across the state this summer.

That's a reversal from 2012. The report showed that both candidates and outside groups spent nearly $5 million in television ads.

A September release of the Marquette University Law School Polls shows a close race between Mary Burke and Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin). Gov. Walker received support from 46% of all registered voters polled, while Burke received 46% support.

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Gov. Walker will appoint new Langlade County judgeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

ANTIGO - Governor Walker will need to fill a judge position in Langlade County, according to a press release from the governor's office Tuesday.

Judge Fred Kawalski will step down in late November.

Kawalski was elected to the post in 2011.

He could've stayed on as judge until his six year term ended in 2017.

The appointed judge will be up for election in April 2015.

The governor's office will take applications until Friday, October 10th.

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Cancer scam father gets jail timeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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MERRILL - Late last year, a 20-year-old Merrill woman claimed she had cancer. Celina Winchell and her father asked at least 17 businesses in Lincoln and Marathon Counties to put out collection containers for donations to the family.

But Winchell never had cancer. In fact, investigators found she had nothing worse than a sinus infection.

On Tuesday, Winchell's father was sentenced for his role in the scam.

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Northwoods counties will form transit commission, expand transportation optionsSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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FOREST, ONEIDA, VILAS - It can be difficult to get around the Northwoods without a car.

Three counties will join together to make getting around easier.

Oneida, Forest and Vilas Counties will form a transit commission.

The Vilas County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to join Oneida and Forest counties.

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Frat boots UWM chapter president amid drug probeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MILWAUKEE - An international fraternity has revoked the membership of the president of its University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chapter amid an investigation into whether local fraternity members slipped ``date rape'' drugs into party drinks.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas Kreinbring was president of Tau Kappa Epsilon at UWM.

Kreinbring was charged Friday with several drug-related crimes, including keeping a drug house and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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Home sales decline in AugustSubmitted: 09/23/2014

WISCONSIN - Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin have declined.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports sales dropped 5.7 percent in August compared to a year earlier.

Association board chairman Steve Lane says tighter inventory of properties in the state's metro areas could have slowed sales there.

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Packers ticket scam hit fans outside of MarshfieldSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MARSHFIELD - More Wisconsin residents have reported they were victims of a Green Bay Packers ticket scam through which police say a 37-year-old Marshfield man stole tens of thousands of dollars.

Lt. Darren Larson of the Marshfield Police Department's detective bureau tells the News-Herald Media (http://mnhne.ws/1pqjCqg ) that football fans from outside the department's jurisdiction are coming forward. The Marshfield man, whose name hasn't been released by police, previously admitted to scamming local fans seeking Packers tickets.

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Michigan DNR announces naming contest for trail to IronwoodSubmitted: 09/23/2014

LANSING, MI - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has kicked off a contest to name a new hiking and bicycling trail across the state.

The DNR announced Monday it is accepting name suggestions until Oct. 13 for the trail from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. People can submit suggestions online or by mailing a paper entry form.

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