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Gubernatorial Candidate Barrett Visits RhinelanderSubmitted: 04/12/2012

RHINELANDER - He's new to the governor's race, but not new to campaigning in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett visited Rhinelander today, and the reception for Barrett was warm when he made his first appearance in the Northwoods since his 2010 campaign for governor.

"Hello Rhinelander! It's great to be here!" was the opening line.

His campaign for governor is only a week and a half old, but Barrett is already hitting the trail throughout the state.

Looking to win the Democratic nomination in the recall of Governor Scott Walker, he swung through the Northwoods Thursday afternoon and stopped at a packed Democratic Headquarters in Rhinelander.

Barrett lost the 2010 campaign to Walker, but he's back for another go-round.

"If someone had said to me 16 months ago, 'oh don't worry, you'll get another chance to run for governor in 16 months', I would have said, 'yeah, when pigs fly'. Well, if you look outside, you can see some pigs flying right now, because Wisconsin has been turned politically upside down," said Barrett.

Barrett didn't hesitate to attack Walker's record in office.

"His job performance in his first year in office was the worst of any governor in this entire country," he said.

Barrett has plenty of fans in the Northwoods, including former Representative Dave Obey, and State Senator Jim Holperin.

"He's very familiar with issues all around the state, particularly our small communities here in northern Wisconsin that depend on tourism, that depend on recreation, that depend on logging," Holperin said.

Those endorsements excite many voters in a Democratic primary that's become a four-horse race.

"He's always been up front with everybody around, and any time you talk to him you get a proper answer," said Democrat Len Wagner, who attended the event.

"That is the big issue - who you can trust, and are they going to do what they say they're going to do," concurred Rich Laddusire. "And I think that's Tom Barrett to a T."

As Barrett continues to swing around the state looking to win more voters before the May 8 primary, don't expect the anti-Walker talk to stop anytime soon.

"Wisconsin in the last 15 months has basically been in a civil war. It's a civil war that Governor Walker started when he tried to divide the state. I will end that civil war," he said.

Barrett joins Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout, and Doug La Follette in the race to oppose Walker in the recall election.

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UPDATE: Police believe they made right choice in Nerf gun ticketsSubmitted: 04/24/2014

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WAUSAU - UPDATE: 5:52pm 4/24/2014

Police believe they made the right choice handling a report of gunmen near a high school in Wausau Tuesday night.

They found out the gunmen were actually six kids playing a game with toy Nerf guns.

Police eventually ended up giving the high school seniors disorderly conduct tickets.

Some people thought the tickets were excessive, but in a press release in released Thursday by the Wausau Police Department said they "believed there was a serious, potentially life threatening situation".

Someone called the Wausau police around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The person said there were people pointing guns at other people in a car.

Police say they handled the situation different than a traffic stop because of the seriousness of the call.

After police got all the seniors out of the car, they saw the nerf guns.

The teens got the disorderly conduct citations because police say they caused a disruption in the neighborhood.

Leaders at Wausau West High School said in a statement that there's "potential in a game like this for negative consequences."

Some of the students have also been placed on athletic probation.

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Six kids got tickets after a battle using toy Nerf guns in Wausau.

Police issued disorderly conduct citations to the high school seniors.

Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night.

But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets.

Wausau West High School officials have also placed some students on athletic probation.

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Dane County judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuitSubmitted: 04/24/2014

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The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.

Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.

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They could spend more than 30 years in federal prison if convicted of maximum sentences, according to a Department of Justice press release.

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Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.

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OCONTO - Police say a student smoking in a bathroom caused a fire that resulted in an estimated $5 million in smoke damage at Oconto High School.

After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing students and staff members, Oconto police have identified as 16-year-old student as a person of interest.

Firefighters interviewed the student, who said he left class early and went to the bathroom, where he smoked a home-rolled cigarette.

Police believe the cigarette was used too close to a toilet paper dispenser, causing an accidental fire. No one else used the bathroom after the boy.

The April 16 fire forced the building to be evacuated. Students returned to class Monday at Oconto Middle School.

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1lJIFZH) reports the boy is being referred to the Oconto County Department of Human Services.

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