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Suspect in 4 Wis. slayings had marital, money problems

USA Today Network Jonathan Anderson, Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald Published 6:59 p.m. ET March 24, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago

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Suspect in 4 Wis. slayings had marital, money problems

Warning: Graphic audio. Selections of police scanner audio tell story of police response Wednesday to shootings in Wausau area. Wochit

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Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex on the corner of Aspen Street and Ross Avenue in Weston. A police officer and at least three others were shot. (Photo: T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. — Nengmy Vang was in the midst of a long and bitter divorce with his wife.

Mediation had failed. Despite a marriage of more than two decades, Vang had sought a paternity test on their youngest child. And there were persistent money problems, which arose again Tuesday, when action was taken to garnish the couple’s wages.

The next day, four people were gunned down in the Wausau area, including a detective, a lawyer who represented Vang’s wife in the divorce case and two employees of Marathon Savings Bank, where his wife worked.

Police have yet to publicly name a suspect, but multiple people with knowledge of what happened confirmed to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Vang's role in the killings.

Officials have said the shootings started as a “domestic incident” in which a husband had targeted his wife, who escaped unharmed.

Recently obtained court records offer some insight into Vang’s life.

Vang, 45, filed for divorce in 2015 and called the marriage "irretrievably broken” in a court filing obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

A judge allowed the wife and their minor children to remain at the family home in Weston during the divorce proceedings, while Vang found housing elsewhere, most recently at the Aspen Street Apartments in Weston. Vang was allowed to take with him various personal items, including four guns, court records show.

The couple has at least six children, two of whom are minors. Vang sought and obtained a court order for a paternity test on a seventh child; court records do not reveal the status or any results of that testing.

Vang’s wife was seeking sole legal custody of the minor children with primary physical placement.

Suspect in 4 Wis. slayings had marital, money problems

Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex on the corner of Aspen Street and Ross Avenue in Weston. A police officer and at least two others were shot.   (Photo: T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Court records list the divorce case as contested, which suggests Vang and his wife could not agree on terms. A mediator determined the couple had reached an impasse and would not likely find mutual ground.

Vang had been having financial problems for years, court records show. He has been sued four times since 2009 for unpaid credit card balances totaling nearly $28,000. Vang later paid at least $22,000 of what was owed, court records show.

Vang and his wife were also sued last year by a credit union seeking more than $9,000 that remained

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With Obamacare repeal dreams dashed, what can GOP accomplish?

Deirdre Shesgreen and Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY Published 7:15 p.m. ET March 24, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

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With Obamacare repeal dreams dashed, what can GOP accomplish?

House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled the vote on the GOP's health care bill that would've replaced Obamacare, saying he could not get enough votes to support it. USA TODAY

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President Donald J. Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. (Photo: Olivier Douliery, Pool/European Pressphoto Agency)

WASHINGTON — Republicans suffered a bruising, self-inflicted blow Friday when they tanked their own health care bill and gave up on that long-held priority.

The question now is whether the GOP can recover and accomplish other items on the congressional agenda — whether it's passing spending bills to keep the government open or enacting sweeping tax reform.

"They lost their first major legislative fight and did it in spectacular fashion," said David Cohen, a political science professor at the University of Akron.

That does not bode well, Cohen said, because "so much of politics is built on momentum," with success begetting more success — or failure leading to more defections and distrust.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., painted a rosy picture of the GOP's next steps on Friday, even while admitting their failure to pass the health care bill was a setback. He said they would now move onto tax reform, deficit reduction, rebuilding the military, securing the border and boosting infrastructure spending.

Ryan and others said tax reform and other issues would be easier than health care, because there’s more agreement within the party on how to proceed.

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"Republicans are moving full speed ahead with President Trump on the first pro-growth tax reform in a generation," said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which will oversee that effort.

But the divisions that sank the health bill are still raw, with Republicans engaged in a round of intra-party recriminations and finger-pointing.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., said tensions inside the House Republican conference are so high that some lawmakers aren’t speaking to each other and some are even “storming past each other” in the Capitol’s marbled hallways.

And there's a reason that Republicans tackled health care first. They were rolling that into a budget "reconciliation" bill, a special framework that is not subject to a filibuster in the Senate. Anything else the Republicans do will have to win 60 votes in the Senate, where Republicans control 52 seats to the 46 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats. And the budget bill would set a framework for other tax and spending matters, which impact everything else the GOP does.

Asked earlier this week what would happen if the health bill failed, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla, said: “I think you have to go back to square one and rethink your entire legislative schedule."

Ryan conceded that tax reform is more difficult with Obamacare left in place, because that law included a bevy of tax increases the GOP had hoped to repeal.

“That just means the Obamacare taxes stick with Obamacare,” Ryan said. “We’re going to go fix the

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Young inventor who wowed Obama faces health crisis

USA Today Network Kaila White, The Arizona Republic Published 8:00 p.m. ET March 24, 2017 | Updated 55 minutes ago

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Joey Hudy, pictured in October 2016 with his mother Julie's dog, Molly. (Photo: Julie Hudy/Special for The Republic)

PHOENIX — The international "maker" community is rallying around Joey Hudy, a 20-year-old from Arizona widely known for wowing President Obama in 2012 with his high-powered marshmallow cannon.

Hudy was diagnosed with schizophrenia earlier this year.

At 14, Hudy made international headlines when Obama talked him into shooting a marshmallow across the State Dining Room of the White House during the White House Science Fair.

Then, at 16, he became Intel's youngest intern. That year he also was a guest of first lady Michelle Obama at the 2014 State of the Union Address.

"He kind of became the poster boy for young makers and kids making," said Sherry Huss, co-founder of Maker Faire. Makers are people who bring do-it-yourself spirit to technology, usually hardware such as robotics.

News of Joey's diagnosis began to spread among the maker community this month after Joey's sister, Elizabeth, created a GoFundMe to raise money for his treatment.

A beloved inventor

"He’s very well known primarily because he was the boy that grew up in front of everyone’s eyes," Huss said. As a teen, Joey spoke and appeared at Maker Faires, which are essentially conventions for makers, in Paris, Rome, and Shenzhen, China.

Young inventor who wowed Obama faces health crisis

Joey Hudy of Anthem launches his "Extreme Marshmallow Cannon" with help from President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair in 2012.   (Photo: Saul Loab/Getty Images)

He was first inspired to become a maker after he met Adam Savage, former co-host of the Discovery Channel's MythBusters , at a Maker Faire in 2010. Huss also met Joey at the same faire, she said.

"I watched Joey grow up," Huss said. "I feel that he has been an inspiration to other kids. He’s a big part of our community."

A surprising diagnosis

Joey left Arizona State University's engineering program in June to move to China to work for Seeed Studio, an electronics manufacturing company based in Shenzhen.

In January, he began experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, so his family brought him home from China for treatment. His parents stayed in Ohio for a month near his treatment center and helped move him to one in Tennessee, where he is now.

Schizophrenia is a complex, long-term and serious mental illness "that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others," according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

It affects about 1% of Americans and tends to appear in men during their late teens to early 20s.

"This is all kind of a shock to everyone," his mother, Julie Hudy, told The Arizona Republic Wednesday. "I can’t seem to go through a second without thinking of what he’s doing how he’s doing. It’s just kind of consumed us."

Mounting medical bills

"I had no idea it was this expensive to

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