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  1. Narin Jeong

    Meet the Academic All Stars: Narin Jeong

    For 12 days, Gannett Central Wisconsin Media will feature one of its 2014 Academic All Stars -- selected from throughout the central Wisconsin region for their achievements and overall scholastic excellence.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Mark Bucki takes the stand today in his own defense at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. He stands accused of killing his wife, Anita Bucki. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Update: Jurors to resume deliberations early Wednesday

    Jurors will resume deliberations early Wednesday after failing Tuesday to reach a verdict in the trial of a Lincoln County man accused of killing his wife.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  2. Wisconsin weather forecast for Wednesday

    Here's a look at today's weather forecast.

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  3. A line of cars and trucks waits for the train to cross at Hoover Avenue on Tuesday. About 30 trains and 6,000 cars cross each day, engineers said. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    City considers $12.3 million Hoover Avenue train solution

    Building an overpass is the least expensive way for the city to fix the No. 1 source of complaints in Stevens Point, officials said Monday.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. Portage County Sgt. Mike Lukas, center, gives instructions to Dolores Disher, right, before allowing her to speak with Ronald Disher, seated, left, prior to Ronald Disher's sentencing Thursday. Prosecutors plan to ask a judge to re-evaluate whether Dolores Disher remains unfit to stand trial. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Woman shows up for husband's fraud sentencing, now might face charges

    A woman who showed up for her husband's court sentencing in a Social Security fraud case might now stand trial herself because she looked alert enough to understand the charges, prosecutors said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. Steven Tibbetts

    Energy Cafe owner to face third sex-assault case

    Prosecutors expect to charge the former Energy Cafe owner in three separate incidents of sexually assaulting women, including at least one after he drugged a woman, prosecutors said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Denis Gack

    Stevens Point sex offender sentenced to 6˝ years in prison

    A Stevens Point man with a 'disturbing history' of sex offenses was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 6˝ years in prison for persuading a minor to text him a sexually explicit photo of herself.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  6. Mary Burke

    Burke challenges Walker on job creation

    Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke responded to Gov. Scott Walker's campaign kickoff by challenging his record as a jobs creator.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  7. Handcuffs And Fingerprints Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Police Log: Expensive, locked bike stolen

    Bike theft: A 21-year-old Stevens Point man told police at 7:13 p.m. Monday that someone cut the lock on his bike and stole the $800 bike in the 2600 block of Fifth Avenue.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  8. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces his bid for re-election at ACE Marine in Green Bay on Tuesday as his family, right, watches the event. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Walker promotes job, tax record during re-election campaign stop

    Gov. Scott Walker officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across the state that included a stop in Green Bay, where he promised 'hope for the future.'

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Delbert H. Weiler

    Marshfield man accused of stealing from father to play Nigerian lottery pleads not guilty

    A 74-year-old Marshfield man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to taking more than $50,000 from his father and using most of it to enter Australian and Nigerian lotteries.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  9. INSIDE THE I-TEAM | JOHN FERAK

    I-Team series spurs renewed interest in Berit Beck case

    Last summer's Cold Cases series drew considerable interest from readers across Wisconsin and beyond.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  10.  Stevens Point Journal Media file photo

    City might build Hoover Avenue train overpass instead of new Division Street

    The city might build an overpass over the train tracks on Hoover Avenue instead of rebuilding Division Street, city officials confirmed Monday.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  11. Dad's Computers members, from left: Vanessa Hamus, 30, of Stevens Point; Adam Johnson, 30, of Plover; Aaron Hamus, 31, of Stevens Point; Eric Hamus, 34, of Stevens Point; Patty Johnson, 35, of Plover; and Shaun Przybylski, 35, of Plover display their back-to-back first-place trophies Monday at their headquarters in Plover after winning Trivia 45. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    With back-to-back wins, Dad's Computers feels heat of Trivia success

    Moments before Trivia 45 was about to begin, the power went out at the Plover headquarters of Dad's Computers: Never Say Die.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  12. This intersection, at the corner of Division and Main streets, was one of several in Stevens Point without power Monday morning. B.C. Kowalski/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Late-season storm knocks out power to thousands

    A late-season snowfall knocked out power to thousands Monday in Stevens Point and left a few traffic crashes in its wake.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  13. Handcuffs And Fingerprints Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Police Log: Illegal airwaves

    Illegal airwaves: Police cited a 27-year-old Stevens Point man with illegal use of a radio at 3:53 p.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Torun Road.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  14. Plover man sentenced to more than 9 years in drunken driving case

    A Plover man who thought he was in another state when arrested on charges of his 10th drunken driving offense is headed to prison.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  15. Dad's Computers earns back-to-back Triva titles

    Trivia team Dad's Computers: Never Say Die tookthe first-place trophy at Trivia 45 this weekend, its second in as many years.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Allen J. Garbisch

    Auburndale man sentenced to jail for posting nude pictures of ex-girlfriend

    A 27-year-old Auburndale man authorities say posted naked pictures of a former girlfriend online was sentenced in Wood County Circuit Court to 90 days in jail.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Members of the Trivia team Dyslexic Agnostics Pray to the Dog sit around the kitchen table of Hans and Suzanne Walther in Stevens Point during Trivia 45 weekend. Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Hunkered in homes, Trivia teams compete but enjoy time together

    Playing in the world's largest trivia contest has never been about coming up with the most answers.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    I-39 lane closures scheduled in Portage County on Wednesday

    Survey crews are planning single lane closures of northbound and southbound I-39, south of the village of Plover, between Portage County D and the Birch Drive overpass beginning Wednesday. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  16. A total lunar eclipse is seen on June 15, 2011 in Jerusalem. A lunar eclipse comes when the sun, Earth and moon line up and Earth's shadow falls on the moon. Getty Images

    Look up: 'Blood moon' eclipse coming early Tuesday morning

    Sky watchers are getting ready for an evening of special viewing when a total lunar eclipse arrives just after midnight on April 15.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Work on County Highway R to resume Monday

    Work on County Highway R from County Highway HH to south of Porter Road is scheduled to resume on Monday, weather permitting.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  17. Andrew Halverson

    City weighs more changes to pay plan, potentially more costs

    The city of Stevens Point already is considering changes to the pay structure it implemented this year for the city's employees, and those changes could cost taxpayers more money than in years past.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  18. Gov. Scott Walker has said he would finish his degree through the UW System's new Flexible Option Degree Program if it offered the right course load. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

    UW flex offerings don't fit Walker's needs for degree

    Gov. Scott Walker may want to finish his college course work using a new flexible degree option through the University of Wisconsin System, but there are no immediate plans to offer classes in the fields he's interested in.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    David Hinds of Appleton spearhead an effort to get Wisconsin to add an 'In God We Trust' vehicle license plate option. Adam Wesley/ Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Appleton man driving force behind 'In God We Trust' license plate

    David Hinds hopes to be the first to fasten Wisconsin's new 'In God We Trust' license plate to a car.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  19. A Kansas State Trooper stands near the location of a shooting Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan. AP

    Gunman kills 3 at Kansas City-area Jewish sites

    A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center on Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Tim Harmon stands outside his house in mid-January. Harmon, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, hoped to retire in the house he built but envisions a future in which a mine is his next door neighbor. Alison Dirr/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Jou

    Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

    Perry Schmitt describes himself as pro-mining but blames the frac sand mine across the highway from his home for driving down the asking price by more than $25,000, to $189,000.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Nathan Dill plays a game on the computer he received from the Make a Wish Foundation after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last October. Nathan Vine/Gannett Central Wisconsin Media

    Trivia player, 15, gets support after cancer diagnosis

    Fifteen-year-old Nathan Dill was born into a Trivia family, and while the annual contest once again is part of his life this weekend, it's now a welcome distraction after a serious fight with cancer.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Members of the Killer Beez take part in the Trivia Parade on Friday on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Question: What was the first event for Trivia 45?

    Before hunkering down indoors for most of the next 54 hours, participants in the world's largest trivia contest enjoyed some sunshine Friday while participating in the annual Trivia Parade.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Plentiful rain fell Saturday morning during the 10th annual Run the Rapids 5K run/walk for Child Abuse Prevention. Continued rain could pose a flooding situation for some areas. DEB CLEWORTH/Daily Tribune Media

    Flood warning issued for Biron reservoir

    The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a flood warning for the Wisconsin River below the Biron reservoir until further notice.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Maple syrup on display Tuesday at Sam Voight's home on 18th Street in Marshfield. Megan McCormick/Central Wisconsin Sunday

    Syrup producers enjoy process despite average season

    Local maple syrup producers are reporting an average season, but those who enjoy smothering their pancakes in sweet, sticky goodness shouldn't worry about a price increase.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Pittsville firefighters on the scene of a wild fire at the intersection of Lincoln and Maplewood roads, Hansen, just east of Pittsville, in 2012. CENTRAL WISCONSIN SUNDAY file photo

    Central Wisconsin fire officials warn of spring fire danger

    While central Wisconsin residents may be celebrating the end of winter and looking forward to summer, they shouldn't forget this time of year is one of the most dangerous for wildfires.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Jaz Ross, 18, of Wausau watches her little brother, Treyvon, 4, color a picture of a 'bump and a basketball' at the 41st Annual Children's Festival, held Saturday at Marathon Park's East Gate Hall. Keith Uhlig/Daily Herald Media

    Wausau's Annual Children's Festival offers noisy, creative, free fun (with video)

    An incredible din filled the woodworking room of the 41st Annual Children's Festival, held Saturday at East Gate Hall in Marathon Park.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    Nick Jackan, left, and his brother Nate Jackan, both of Sigel, move the deer they both shot Nov. 23 in Sigel. Deer hunting issues will be a major part of Monday's Conservation Congress meeting. DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA file photo

    Annual Conservation Congress meetings give residents a chance to be heard

    Residents across the state will get to voice their opinions on a wide range of natural resources issues during their annual Conservation Congress county meeting.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  20. California Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarian Ben Gonzales, left, holds a 4-foot crocodile after removing duct tape from the muzzle of the creature with the help of aide Tom Batter. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE/AP

    The week's odd news: Abandoned crocodile captured at California strip mall

    Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  21. Aaron Yenter Stevens Point Police Department

    Four officers to receive valor awards for fire rescue

    Sgt. Greg Bean opened the door to the already smoking, flaming building in the early hours of March 4.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  22. U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. Aileen Andrews / Action Reporter Media

    U.S. Rep. Tom Petri won't run for re-election

    Fond du Lac Republican Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he won't seek re-election after 35 years in Congress, a surprise reversal from just last week when he said he planned to 'run a strong campaign' and 'win in August and November.'

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Attila Weninger

    SPASH named Pacesetter School for AP excellence

    The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council has recognized Stevens Point Area Senior High as a Pacesetter School for the access it provides students to AP courses and testing opportunities.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  23. Part of Soo Marie closed while city fixes water main

    The intersection of Soo Marie Avenue and Highway 66 is closed this morning as city crews fix a water main break.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  24. Handcuffs And Fingerprints Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Police Log: Stealing ammo and knives

    Damage to vehicle: A 22-year-old man told police at 1:15 a.m. Thursday that someone damaged his windshield in the 2600 block of Stanley Street. The damage was estimated at $284.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Government meetings

    Portage County Finance Committee, 7 a.m., Conference Room 1&2, County Annex, 1462 Strongs Ave.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  25. Wisconsin State Senator Mike Ellis, 19th Senate District Republican in his Neenah office May 11, 2007. Post-Crescent photo by Sharon Cekada

    State Sen. Mike Ellis will not run for re-election

    State Sen. Mike Ellis told Post-Crescent Media today that he will not run for re-election in November, saying it's time to yield his seat to someone who's better prepared to deal with 'new-era politics and the culture of gotcha.'

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  26. Deputy John White with the Portage County Sheriff's Office's newest recruit, Lady. Portage County Sheriff's Office

    New drug-sniffing K-9 could start as early as May for Portage County Sheriff's Office

    The Portage County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies could have consistent access to a drug-sniffing dog starting in May.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  27. Quentin Louis

    Athens man set free after 8 years in prison for baby's death (with video)

    Nearly eight years after he was convicted on homicide charges in connection with his infant daughter's death, an Athens man is free after persuading a judge to reopen his case.

    • Apr. 10, 2014

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