7 Things You Need to Know: Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

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Out-the-door forecast:
A calm and cool start to your work week or school week. Temps will be slowly climbing tomorrow and rise above average. The next chance for light snow will be on Thursday.

Here are the top seven headlines in northcentral Wisconsin to get you out the door for this Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

1. President Obama begins a major push Monday, tackling gun violence during his final year in office. Monday the president meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to discuss options for tougher gun restrictions. Later this week, he will unveil executive actions to strengthen background checks required for gun purchases.

2. The topic of gun control is becoming a major focus for candidates vying for the White House. Several GOP contenders are already criticizing the president's plans, while democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have expressed support. Former President Bill Clinton, who sought to tighten gun laws during his time in office, will campaign for his wife Monday in New Hampshire.

3. The search will resume Monday morning for two missing canoers on a Walworth County lake. The bodies of two others were recovered after a group went missing early Sunday. Friends noticed the group had not returned around 11 Sunday morning. After finding their empty canoe, a full scale search began by boat and air. The Wisconsin DNR is now handling the investigation.

4. A 29 year old Marathon County man remains hospitalized in critical condition after a crash early Saturday morning near Wausau Center. Meantime, a Wausau police lieutenant said they will be recommending several charges, including a 6th offense OWI, operating while revoked, and fleeing an officer. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

5. Tens of thousands of people are petitioning for the president to pardon Steven Avery, who is serving life in prison for murder in Manitowoc County. Avery's case is the subject of Netflix's "Making a Murderer." According to time.com, if the government petition collects 100,000 signatures by January 16, the White House has to respond publicly. Prosecutor Ken Kratz said the series leaves out pertinent information.

6. Slyvan Hill tubing is finally open in Wausau after recent snowfall and colder temperatures. Opening day was delayed twice, but people who were out for the first weekend of the new year said it was worth the wait. There was only enough snow to open one hill but employees hope to have the second hill ready by next week.

7. The Packers were hoping to score home field advantage in the post season and the NFC North title, Sunday at Lambeau, but came up short on both Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings defense knocked away a desperation pass in the end zone from Aaron Rodgers on fourth down as time expired. As the Vikings end up at the top of the NFC North, winning 20-13. The Packers will head to Washington on Sunday.