WAUKESHA - President Obama wants to train more people for in-demand jobs.
That was the focus of his speech in Waukesha Thursday.
The President spoke to workers at a GE plant.
He said GE is an example of how job training programs can be successful.
"I'm just saying, you can make a really a good living and have a great career without getting a 4-year college education as long as you get the skills and the training that you need," said the President.
President Obama has asked Vice President Biden to lead a review of all job training programs.
He also asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Thursday's stop was part of a 4-state tour.
The President is expanding on some of the themes from his State of the Union address.
The President has a 44-percent approval rating in Wisconsin.
That's down from a 49-percent approval rating in October.
11:02 A.M. President Barack Obama arrived in Wisconsin this morning to talk up some of his themes from the state of the union address.
The President is expected to discuss jobs and the minimum wage.
Just before 11:00 a.m., he arrived the General Electric plant in Waukesha that makes gas engines.
It's part of a 4-stop tour the President is making.
He will expand on themes from his State of the Union address.
Today's visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in 2 years.
A poll released Monday says his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent.
That's down from 49 percent in October.
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UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
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