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Sandy Slams East Coast, Millions Left in DarkSubmitted: 10/30/2012
Story By WJFW News Team, NBC


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The pictures, video, sound; everything we're seeing and hearing from the East Coast today makes us glad we're not there and feel sorrow for those affected.

"Unthinkable devastation" is how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie describes the situation in his state.

The New Jersey coast took a direct hit from Superstorm Sandy as it made landfall yesterday.

"We know there are many people who own homes who we've evacuated who are going to want to get back on to the island to access the damage to their homes," Gov. Christie said. "We are nowhere near being able to let you back on to the island."

President Obama issued a federal emergency decree after declaring a major disaster. He will tour the state tomorrow.

In New York City, things weren't much better in Manhattan at the New York Stock Exchange. It was closed for the second straight day. That's the first time since 1888.

In the rust-belt, it was snow wreaking havoc. Snow in Elkins, West Virginia is being measured in feet, not inches. The entire city lost power, crews might not have it back on for several days.

The Vice President weighed in on state's responses.

"We had a conference call with the governors of all the affected states," Vice President Biden said. "And the thing that impressed me most about that is that governors who were affected some effected some, like the governor of NC Maryland, Connecticut were offering... and Vermont... were offering New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania any assistance that they could get to divert resources to them. So, all the focus now is about getting power restored as quickly as possible."

The Vice President thanked the federal disaster relief body FEMA for its work so far.

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Flood Warning at Keshena may be extended againSubmitted: 12/19/2014

KESHENA - A flood warning effecting south central Menominee county could be extended again.

The warning for the Keshena area is due to run out at 10:00 p.m. Friday.

The warning will be extended if high water continues to be a problem.

The National Weather Service issued the warning after ice jams backed up water on the Wolf River.

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Wisconsin may see the fewest number of traffic deaths since World War IISubmitted: 12/19/2014

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Traffic fatalities continue to decline across Wisconsin.

As of Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Data showed there have been 480 road deaths so far this year.

That's compared to 527 in 2013.

The director of the transportation department's bureau of safety hopes there will be less than 500 fatalities by the end of the year.

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Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth during June 2013-14 stretchSubmitted: 12/18/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth for the 12-month period ending in June.

The latest figures were reported Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

They show that Wisconsin grew private-sector jobs between July 2013 and the end of June this year by 1.45 percent. That lags the national average of growth at 2.3 percent.

Wisconsin ranks 32nd nationally and behind Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.

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The monthly also shows Wisconsin added 16,500 private sector jobs in November.

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2 Salvation Army red kettles stolen in HaywardSubmitted: 12/18/2014

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The Salvation Army says one of the kettles contained an estimated $400.

The most recent theft happened Wednesday at Walgreen's. Sawyer County Salvation Army director Debbie Huebner says surveillance video shows someone grabbed the kettle's stand and put the whole structure into the back of a vehicle.

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Tomahawk's high school dance team will perform during halftime of the Orange Bowl.

The team heads to Miami next week.

They want to have a perfect routine.

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Expert: Walker still has time to declare Pres. run after Jeb Bush comments, Legislature to take lead on some issuesSubmitted: 12/18/2014

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