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GOP Leaders Prepare to Reform Image for Next Round of ElectionsSubmitted: 05/04/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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ROTHSCHILD - Wisconsin GOP leaders and a headliner from Washington rallied party members at today's convention.

Legislators say they're taking stock of the party, learning from a disappointing 2012 election cycle, and strategizing for upcoming mid-terms.

Governor Scott Walker echoed optimism heard from other speakers today. They said Wisconsin is the model the national GOP should follow.

"So I think going forward in 2014 the choice is pretty clear. We don't want to go back to the days of double digit tax increases, of billion dollar budget deficits and record job loss. Do you want to go back?" says Gov. Walker.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the party has the right leaders and the right message. But he says Wisconsin has a disconnect when it comes to getting that message to voters when it matters most.

"And we're winning just about everywhere, almost everything. Except we get into this presidential election cycle. And if we're being honest, we haven't won a decisive presidential race in 24 years. So what's going on? I want to talk to you about that," says Priebus.

Tomorrow night we'll have more from Priebus on his bold challenge to the GOP to soften its image.

I also sat down with 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. He told us how he thinks Republicans can connect with disenchanted voters.

That's tomorrow night on Newswatch 12 Weekend.



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Local fire department use burning car to train volunteersSubmitted: 09/23/2014

RHINELANDER - Volunteer firefighters train after finishing a full day of work on their paying jobs. PIne Lake volunteer firefighters practiced to better handle car fires.

The department covers 45 square miles Monday night filled mostly with homes. Assistant Chief Ryan Larsen says they've seen fewer people wanting to help the fire department.

"Recently, in the last 6 to 8 months, we have gotten 4 new recruits. They're currently enrolled in the firefighter one class out at Nicolet," said Larsen.

The exercise is some of the training firefighters need to do to keep people safe. The fire was controlled, but firefighters want to be prepared for anything.

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

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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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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.

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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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Northwoods airport gets grant for pavement repaintingSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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PRENTICE - Only about 700 people live in Prentice.

You may not think a small community like it would need an airport.

But local businesses depend on the Prentice Airport to bring in potential customers.

Pilots need clear markings on the runway to fly in safely.

Crews started repainting the pavement markings at the airport Tuesday.

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