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Littoral Combat Ship splashes into northern Wisconsin river; industry buoys Navy, local economySubmitted: 10/20/2014
MARINETTE - "She's almost 400 feet long," U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Saturday. "About 3,500 tons."

He rattled off the specs for Littoral Combat Ship 7 with pride while standing near it in the shipyard at Marinette Marine Corporation.

"It can get up to 40 knots, more or less," he said.

That's about 46 miles per hour.

"It's pretty fast. You could waterski behind it," Mabus laughed.

This Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, was christened the USS Detroit on Saturday.

The U.S. Navy sends its warships all over the world.

But the start of the ships themselves has a long history here in northern Wisconsin.

Marinette Marine has six LCS's in production right now.

"It is a required need for our Navy. We need small surface combatants to do things no other ship can do," Mabus said.

The ships can fight enemies on land, on the water, or underwater, and can navigate into very shallow waters.

Despite the size of ships in production at Marinette Marine, they only dip 13 feet below the water's surface.

Building and launching LCS vessels is a major piece of keeping the northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula economies afloat.

"The companies that own and run this shipyard invested more than $125 million specifically for these ships," Mabus said.

About 1,500 people work at Marinette Marine alone.

"This shipyard has brought large-scale naval shipbuilding back to the Great Lakes economy and the Great Lakes region," said Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin).

Despite controversy over the LCS program over cost, safety, and need, supporters would tell you their work is something worth celebrating.

Something like watching the huge ship crash into the Menominee River upon its launch instilled pride and patriotism in the hundreds out to watch.

Mabus was impressed.

"I'd say," he thought, "that's a modern marvel."

Story By: Ben Meyer

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Woodruff man charged with driving drunk, stealing and damaging property at Minocqua's WalmartSubmitted: 10/20/2014

RHINELANDER - A Woodruff man faces multiple charges for allegedly driving drunk, stealing and damaging property.

The criminal complaint says police got a call last Monday.

Timothy Brewster was allegedly knocking stuff off shelves at Minocqua's Walmart.

Security video from Walmart shows Brewster driving his car into a cart corral.

The video also shows him stumbling and knocking items from the shelf on the floor.

Brewster fought with officers when they tried to arrest him.

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Two car crash sends 2 to hospitalSubmitted: 10/20/2014

WOODRUFF - A car driving the wrong way on Highway 47 west of Woodruff hit another car this morning.

An 86-year-old Lac du Flambeau man was driving south in the northbound lane.

He hit a car driven by an 87-year-old woman.

The man and his passenger, an 87-year-old woman, were taken to Howard Young Medical Center.

Their injuries aren't life threatening.

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Northwoods school hosts anti-bullying programsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

MINOCQUA - Schools across the country struggle with bullying.

Northwoods schools like MHLT hope students learned from a traveling theatre group today.

All of their students attended a short play by the group, CLIMB Theatre.

Bullying has been a problem for the school.

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Room tax funds marketing opportunities for events, non-profitsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

RHINELANDER - If you stay at a motel or resort, you may notice an extra tax on your bill.

A room tax is an extra tax placed on overnight stays.

Lodges and resorts in the City of Rhinelander and Town of Pelican collect room tax.

Now you may be able to get some of that money.

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Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified as Darren Vann, is being cooperative with investigators. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009 and now lives in Gary.

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More than 4 million cars recalled due to airbag problemsSubmitted: 10/20/2014

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Takata makes the airbags. They can have metal fragments fly out when the airbags inflate.

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9 arrested in child sex trafficking stingSubmitted: 10/20/2014

EAU CLAIRE - Authorities say nine people have been arrested in a child sex trafficking sting in the Eau Claire area.

Police released more details about the sting at a Monday morning press conference. The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1t4JNc8 ) reports nine men, ranging in age from 20 to 60, were arrested on preliminary charges of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted child enticement and attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child.

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Another wolf hunting zone will closeSubmitted: 10/20/2014

MADISON - You can still hunt for wolves in Wisconsin, but in fewer places.

Zone 5 will be shut down as of 6:30 Monday evening. That's in the west-central part of the state.

Two other wolf hunting zones in Northern Wisconsin closed for the season Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resources closed Zones 1 and 4.

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