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    Meet the Academic All Stars: Muhammad Raza

    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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    A 3-year-old boy plays with stuffed toys on Aptil 14 inside a claw crane game machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. RACHELLE HILDRETH/AP

    The week's odd news: Toddler gets stuck inside claw machine game

    A toddler was reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley, authorities say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Tens of thousands of people gather at the State Capitol in Madison in February 2011 to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. File/AP

    Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

    A federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Nerf game draws ire from school, police officials

    Students at Wausau West High School could be breaking the law with an increasingly popular game that involves Nerf guns, according to a letter sent to parents this week.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    One dead in Lincoln County fire

    One person is dead after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a town of King home, police say.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Mark Bucki with one of his attorneys, Jessica Schuster, Wednesdayat the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. Bucki was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and two other counts relating to the death of his wife of 26 years, Anita Bucki, in April of 2013. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Update: Convicted wife-killer Mark Bucki could be released from prison in 20 years (with video)

    A Lincoln County man convicted Wednesday of stabbing and strangling his wife before dumping her body in a swamp could be released from prison in 20 years, despite the mandatory life sentence he is expected to receive.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Man faces more than 50 charges in fake-stock case

    Additional charges were filed this week against a former Weston man accused of selling more than $150,000 in fake securities after more alleged victims came forward.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Update: Scattered power outages reported in central Wisconsin

    Crews are responding to scattered reports of power outages in central Wisconsin that have affected thousands of residents.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Crews work to repair water main break in Wausau

    A water main break that shut down a portion of Prospect Avenue for more than a day and left some residents without water is being blamed on the spring thaw.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Lt. Mark Gartmann testifies during Mark Bucki's murder trial Friday at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Mark Bucki expected to take stand Tuesday in homicide trial

    The Lincoln County man suspected of stabbing his wife to death and dumping her body in a Taylor County swamp is expected to take the stand Tuesday in his own defense and likely will be the final witness in the case.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    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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    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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    Senior defensive end Konrad Zagzebski and sophomore Vince Biegel talk about the development of the young UW defense this spring. MARK MASSOGLIA/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Video: Central Wisconsin natives talk about the Badgers defense

    Senior defensive end Konrad Zagzebski and sophomore Vince Biegel talk about the development of the young UW defense this spring.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    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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    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
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    Coldwater Creek announced Friday it will begin to liquidate inventory in May at all of its 335 stores nationwide, including the Wausau location at 316 Third St. A closing date has not been announced. Bob Dohr/Daily Herald Media

    Updated: Coldwater Creek shutdown comes as surprise

    In the coming weeks, shoppers in downtown Wausau will have one fewer women's clothing store to visit, as Coldwater Creek plans to wind down operations companywide.

    • 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

    Trivia 45 kicks off with annual parade of teams (with video)

    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. 11, 2014
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    Tomahawk drug bust nets 2 suspects, 44 marijuana plants

    Two people have been arrested after Tomahawk authorities say they seized dozens of marijuana plants.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    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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    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
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    DNR to start controlled burns in Portage, Marathon counties

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct controlled burns in parts of Portage and Marathon counties this spring, setting fire to timber and brush to revitalize habitat.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Special prosecutor Richar DuFour, left, confers with Lt. Mark Gartmann of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday during the second day of the trial of Anita Bucki's accused murderer, Mark Bucki, at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Merrill. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Prosecution lays out its case in Merrill homicide trial

    In the days leading up to her death, Anita Bucki told a friend and former co-worker she had a 'spark of hope' her crumbling marriage would survive and was determined to reconcile with the husband she said she loved.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Ribble, Pocan team up on long-term approach to medical research funding

    Rep. Reid Ribble calls himself a 'budgeteer' and can often be heard ruminating on the fiscal benefits of such banal-sounding topics as inter-modal transportation.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    Lincoln County District Attorney Donald Dunphy make his opening statement with a photograph of Anita Bucki to his left at the Lincoln County Court House in Merrill in the murder trial of Mark Bucki, Monday, April 7, 2014. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Update: Opening arguments heard in trial of Lincoln County man accused of killing wife

    On the first day of the trial for a town of Corning man accused of killing his wife, jurors heard that Anita Bucki was desperately trying to save her crumbling marriage in the hours and days leading up to her death.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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