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7 Things You Need to Know: Wednesday, April 19. 2017

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Updated: Wed 7:31 AM, Apr 19, 2017

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) — Out-the-door forecast: The weather pattern remains active tonight into tomorrow. Rain becomes likely tonight. Periods of moderate rain continue into mid-morning on Thursday.

7 Things You Need To Know: Wednesday, April 19. 2017

Here are the seven headlines you need to know around north central Wisconsin to get you out the door this Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

1. Vice President Mike Pence is again warning North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. And its allies. It comes as North Korea’s state television showed a mock video of missiles hitting the U.S. At a rally aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, Pence vowed Washington would meet the use of weapons with “overwhelming” force. He calls North Korea the region’s most dangerous threat.

2. Massachusetts prison officials say ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hung himself in his prison cell early this morning. He was pronounced dead at a Massachusetts hospital. Authorities say Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. He was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double laying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub.

3. Police in Fresno, California say a man shot and killed three white men within moments of each other because he hated white people. The police chief says the suspect, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad also yelled “God is great” in Arabic as he was arrested. He calls the killings a hate crime and not an act of terrorism. Police were already searching for Muhammad in connection with the shooting death of a motel security guard last week.

4. In his first visit to Wisconsin since winning the state in November, President Trump is promoting U.S. jobs. He toured the headquarters of the Snap-on tool manufacturing company in Kenosha, and signed an executive order to “buy American” and “hire American.” His opponents say executive orders don’t amount to legislation to turn his campaign pledges into laws.

5. Mullins Cheese is helping some local farms in danger of losing their livelihoods. 75 dairy farmers recently lost contracts with Grassland Dairy, believed to be due to decreases in demand from Canada. Mosinee-based Mullins has acquired more than a half dozen contracts to purchase milk from the some of the affected farms.

6. Despite outcry from some in the community… The Wisconsin Valley Fair Board says Ted Nugent will be performing this summer. The board says it made its decision because Nugent is a well-known artist and they want to honor the contract already set in place. Opponents say some of the racist comments he’s made on social media make him too controversial, but the board says they want to keep politics out of it.

7. Earth Day is just a few days away, and this morning Sunrise 7 celebrated with the UW Stevens Point Environmental Education team. They showed how to sort trash and recycling, as well as which lightbulbd take up more energy than others. There are plenty of events going on around the area to help celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day, including the Green & Clean in Wausau, and tree planting at UWSP.

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