WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several weeks ago, you saw President Obama roll out an aggressively progressive agenda during his inauguration speech.
Tonight, the nation watched to see if that theme would continue in the State of the Union address.
At first, the president rehashed many of the topics that dominated his campaign. He talked health care, tax code and immigration reform.
He talked about bringing jobs back home, improving education, and moving toward sustainable energy.
But just after the one hour mark, the President seemed to change his tone.
That's because there's been one big change since he was reelected - the Sandy Hook shooting.
The President called on the House and Senate to at least vote on his gun reform proposals.
Gabby Giffords was in the audience, along with more than two dozen others affected by gun violence.
"Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote," said the President, continuing on with other examples of gun violence. "They deserve a simple vote."
He said the country has debated gun violence before, but "this time it's different."
He called for "common sense reform," in particular requiring background checks for individuals who want to buy guns.
He also talked about police chiefs working together to get high capacity magazines off the streets.
In the audience was Oak Creek shooting survivor Lieutenant Brian Murphy.
"Brian was the first to arrive, and he did not consider his own safety," the President said. "He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the fellow Americans worshiping inside, even as he lay bleeding from 12 bullet wounds."
The President also said 34,000 troops will be home by the end of this year, and the war in Afghanistan will be finished by the end of next year.
RHINELANDER - You need to really get outside into nature to truly appreciate it. That's what Oneida County hopes you experience walking through its new pollinator garden behind the courthouse, which is close to completion.
Workers from Hanson's Garden Village laid out the key part to getting you into that garden along Baird Avenue on Tuesday. The gravel walkway allows water to drain into the soil, preventing runoff into the street.
A $1,500 Wisconsin Public Service Foundation grant paid for almost all of the walkway, which will lead through the garden to a picnic table. The walkway will be ADA-accessible, which will allow people with wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers to navigate the garden.
RHINELANDER - Fourteen years later and a family of superheroes are back on the big screen, but Incredibles 2 is also sparking some concerns.
After the movie's box office opening, movie theaters like Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander got a letter from Disney.
"There's some elements of the story with some of the characters, like the villain in particular, where they identify that there could be concern because of some of the strobing effects that are used," said Rouman Cinema owner George Rouman.
WOODRUFF - The Woodruff Fire Department took a step towards getting a new kind of fire truck to its station. For years, the department has considered investing in a ladder truck to better serve the community.
Recently the town board has given the department to go-ahead to start looking.
A demonstration was held Tuesday night so that the department could see the difference between a 75 ft. ladder versus a 107 ft. ladder truck. The demonstration was also to get town board members more familiar with that kind of truck.
PRICE COUNTY - A Price County man won a $90,000 Badger 5 jackpot earlier this month.
The Wisconsin Lottery reports Rudolph Scotch of Catawba successfully chose the winning numbers of 2, 13, 15, 29, and 30 for the June 14 drawing. Scotch bought his winning ticket at Catawba Farm Supply on Highway 8.
RHINELANDER - It took The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce just two days to replace its executive director. Lauren Sackett took over the position Monday.Maggie Steffen announced her resignation Saturday after less than two years on the job.
Sackett was the event coordinator at the chamber. She has worked under three different directors since 2014.
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