An Eau Claire teen charged following a major drug bust, reached a plea deal with prosecutors Thursday. Andrew Castro was charged with six felonies in the case. According to the complaint, customs tipped off the West Wisconsin Drug Task Force about a package sent to Castro from Great Britain containing more than 5,000 alprazolam pills, a class four controlled substance. Thursday, Judge Michael Schumacher sentenced Castro to four years of probation. He's also ordered not to drink or use drugs during that time. Based on the charges, he could have faced up to 30 years in prison.
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is defending a free trip to London that he took with lobbyists and a group of lawmakers from other states. Vos says he followed state ethics laws in accepting the August trip. Fallout from the excursion has already led to the resignation of Ohio's Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger. An F-B-I investigation is reportedly underway, looking into the four-day trip and other issues. Vos says he hasn't been contacted by the F-B-I or other authorities concerning the trip.
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The snow is not expected to let up just yet and the could end up hurting farmers. The Agriculture Agent at U-W Extension in Eau Claire says typically farmers are getting ready to do field work by this time of year, but now the only work they've been doing is pushing snow. The agent says the weather is better for livestock, but puts farmers behind schedule, which could impact produce prices.
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A truck-load of more than 10 million bees has arrived in Lake Hallie after traveling from California where they spent the winter. Bee keepers from around the Chippewa Valley came to pick up one million of the bees, the rest will be hauled elsewhere. They told WQOW TV-18 News that this cold weather is not ideal for the insects, so keepers need to feed them sugar water until some plants start to grow outside. That's when all of us can help the population. Rod Steel, a member of the Chippewa Valley Beekeeprs says "You can do some beneficial things at your property," "Watch the chemicals that you are using on your lawns, and don't kill those dandelions. That's one of the first things the honey bee gets to harvest.
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