U.S. tensions with Iran remain at a simmer - and candidates for the congressional seat in Northern Wisconsin have very different opinions on the President's airstrike.
State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) stands behind the President. He said its vital to approach Iran from a position of strength.
"President Trump is making it clear to the mullahs in Iran you can not target Americans and I support President Trump in doing that and the elimination of Suleimani," said Sen. Tiffany.
Wausau school board president Tricia Zunker (D-Wausau) said her priority is supporting the troops, but called the move to kill Suleimani "reckless."
"Anything that puts our troops in jeopardy should be avoided, and definitely congress needs to have a voice if military action is going to be pursued," said Zunker. "I would hope that we are able to engage in diplomacy and not risk a single U.S. life."
Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a resolution to restrain the President's ability to use military action without congressional approval.
RHINELANDER - With schools closed, teachers can't have face-to-face interaction with their students for now. One local resource officer was missing that connection too, so he found another way to reach out to the kids he's used to seeing every day.
Deputy Michael Baran oversees the four elementary schools in the Rhinelander district.
"I kind of bounce throughout the schools and try to stop in the classrooms as much as I can," said Baran. "I'm in there helping kids read books or work on their math problems."
To continue that tradition, Baran posted a video of himself online reading a popular children's book so students could read along at home. The idea came from Crescent Elementary School principal Gayle Daniel, who saw Baran as the perfect host for a virtual story time.
"Michael is such an important part of our school community," said Daniel. "Having parents read stories, older siblings, family members… It's really important that they are read to and that they also read."
RHINELANDER & WAUSAU - These days, many people are dealing with major changes to our lives, thanks to COVID-19. But experts say, for those with mental disabilities like autism, that struggle is multiplied.
Local health experts say people with mental disabilities often prefer a consistent schedule and routine. Now, thanks to coronavirus, all that has been interrupted and that has caused stress and uncertainty.
"That's very important for children who struggle on a day to day basis just to maintain a schedule for consistency," said Rosaleta Pahnke, who is a mom with special needs children. "It helps relieve some of the anxiety and the fear to them would be the unknown."
MADISON - A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary as the coronavirus spreads, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting.
U.S. District Judge William Conley blasted state leaders' decision not to delay the election to protect people's health but refused to postpone it himself, saying a federal judge shouldn't act as the state's health officer.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross cautioned Thursday that the coronavirus outbreak that has already led to the suspension of all in-person spring classes could also force changes to the fall semester, which is scheduled to begin in August.
Cross, in addressing the university's Board of Regents, said UW was working on various scenarios based on rapidly changing conditions. The flagship UW-Madison campus announced Thursday that it was moving all in-person summer classes scheduled to start in May to online only, another sign that leaders don't expect a return to normalcy for months.
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