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Disabilities advocates say budget cuts could hurt Family Care program Submitted: 03/01/2015
WISCONSIN - Disabilities advocates say Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts could be devastating to programs that help Wisconsinites live independently.

Changes to the popular Family Care program and other cuts could save the state $33 million over the next two years. But questions remain as to how programs for people with disabilities would work.

Claire Yunker, spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services, says the changes are aimed at preventing abuse in the existing system and creating a more coordinated care regimen.

But Daniel Idzikowski, executive director of Disability Rights says his organization was not consulted about Walker's plan. He says it would drastically restructure Family Care, the program that administers personal care and long-term care services to elderly, disabled and injured Wisconsinites through Medicaid.



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WAUSAU - A local restaurant owner hopes his customers can taste and see how much he loves making traditional Vietnamese noodle soup.

Payao Lo is originally from Laos. He moved to Wausau and opened his Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 76, seven years ago. He's been serving the community ever since.

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MINOCQUA - It's the fifth year for the ski-snowshoe event.

The event is a fundraiser for both the Minocqua J1 school, and Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school. More than 350 people went this Saturday.

Event organizer Judy Jurries says that's a lot more than last year.

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ST. GERMAIN - One person got hurt in a snowmobile crash this morning.

The crash happened near highway 70 in St. Germain.

Officers say a 19-year-old Beaver Dam woman went off the trail and hit a tree.

The woman had to be airlifted to Wausau hospital.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.

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It's a touring exhibition from the National Guitar Museum.

The executive director of that museum led a gallery walk Saturday.

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WAUSAU - The Wausau Police Department released the name of the teenager who was killed Friday evening.

13-year-old Isaiah Powell was the stabbed during a fight in Wausau.

Powell went to Horace Mann Middle School in Wausau.
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A 13-year-old boy has died after he was stabbed during a fight in Wausau that may have been prompted by a dispute on social media.

Wausau police say the stabbing happened Friday after several Wausau high school and middle school students who claim to be gang members had been arguing on Facebook during the day. The Facebook messages indicated that several of the students planned on fighting.

At about 5:30 p.m., six or seven juveniles drove to a house on the 900 block of Jefferson Street. One person fired a BB gun at juveniles who were on the porch.

Both groups began fighting in the street and the teen was stabbed twice in the back. A friend drove him to a hospital, where he died.

A 15-year-old is in custody.

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Students at Northland Pines High School will take the Trig-Star Exam in March.

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"Land surveying in itself is a basis for a lot of things in our country," says Vilas County Land Information/Mapping Department GIS Technician Tony Jones. "It's a chance to work outside, it's a chance to work with your hands, it's also a professional level position. You get to work with mathematics, and architecture, and history, and law."

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