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19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight welcomed homeSubmitted: 04/28/2015

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WAUSAU - Eighty-one Wisconsin veterans are back home from the trip of a lifetime.

They all participated in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

The flight took place on the fifth anniversary of the first flight.

More than 1,000 people packed Central Wisconsin Airport on Monday night to welcome back the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans.

The veterans spent Monday touring the memorials in Washington DC.

Newswatch 12's Lauren Stephenson was the only TV reporter on the flight.

Stay tuned to Newswatch 12 as she brings you stories of some of our nation's heroes.

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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TOWN OF SKANAWAN - A pair of proposed gravel pit mines could significantly change one area in Lincoln County. The mine sites would cover approximately 125 acres in the Town of Skanawan, southeast of Tomahawk. Experts believe the area has an extremely rich deposit, but some people worry the project will hurt the environment and grow larger than what the county could approve.

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RHINELANDER - Fields of an invasive plant called phragmites stand all along Wisconsin's Lake Michigan shore. Invasive species workers hope most of the plants stay away from the Northwoods.

But workers chopped down a stand of phragmites on Monday on Highway 8 just west of Rhinelander. The stand had been chemically treated in the fall, a step that workers hope will help control the spread of the species.

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ANTIGO - Dealing with allergic reactions to bee stings can be one of the biggest health threats to students.

"If we were seeing a reaction, for example a tingling of the mouth, swelling of the throat, a visual that a student might give us if they are unable to breath at that time, we would immediately administer an EpiPen," Director of Pupil Services Unified School District of Antigo Karen Baker.

Teachers watch carefully for possible allergic reactions, especially at recess and on field trips.

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MERRILL - The Community Warming Center in Merrill finished up its first winter season a few weeks ago. The center provides a place to stay for people in need from November through April.

The guest's ages ranged from 22 to 45 years old. The center is run through the Merrill United Way. The Warming Center's director said its first year went much better than expected.

"It's kind of like building the field of dreams and not knowing if anyone will come to play, or to stay in our case," said Merrill United Way Executive Director Dee Olsen. "But what ended up happening was the community was responsive and we ended up with 11 guests throughout the season with 90 user nights."

The center is already preparing for the next season. They have new blankets and pillows ready for their next year.

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GREEN BAY - Seventy people need a new place to stay after a fire at a Green Bay apartment complex.

All residents of the Sand and Sun apartments evacuated safely.


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MADISON - Republicans state Legislators have quietly introduced a bill that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food. Another bill would force applicants for state job training programs and unemployment benefits to undergo drug screenings.


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MILWAUKEE - Police have arrested four protesters who sat in the middle of a downtown Milwaukee intersection during a demonstration calling for more diversity at Marquette University.

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is struggling over when jail officials should be held accountable for using excessive force against inmates who are accused _ but not yet convicted _ of crimes.

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