WAUSAU - A new school year means new teachers, new friends, new books.
And in many school districts this year, it also means new or beefed up security systems.
Wausau Public Schools changed the way visitors get into its buildings this year.
School office staff will have to buzz people in once school hours begin.
At the front door vestibule visitors will need to explain why they're there.
Then the staff can unlock the second set of doors.
Last winter the district-wide Safety Committee looked at the security level in the school.
It decided it should add some extra measures.
"You look at what happened at Sandy Hook and those are our youngest learners and that strikes a chord for the majority of people. It certainly strikes a chord for parents. I think they can easily put themselves in that type of scenario," says Dr. Jeff Lindell of the Wausau Public Schools
That assessment began after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
A gunman entered the school and killed 20 children and 6 staff last December.
The district installed the new security systems over the summer.
But that doesn't necessarily mean it's finished with safety upgrades.
The District tells us it will continue to evaluate schools' security.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
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