Wisconsin Briefs

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Wisconsin Briefs


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Concerns about veterans home will be investigated

MADISON - Concerns about treatment of veterans at Wisconsin's largest veterans home will be investigated.

Two lawmakers are calling for an independent audit after the Cap Times published a story on Monday raising questions about dismal care, medical errors and prolonged staffing shortages.

Tom Evenson, a spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, said Wednesday that the claims will be investigated as part of a review by the state Department of Health Services' Division of Quality Assurance.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement noting that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has not cited a single health care deficiency in reviews done this year or last at King.

Investigators say 25-year-old apparently shot himself

CHETEK - Investigators said a fatal shooting in Barron County is apparently an accident.

Sheriff's deputies and police were called to a residence in Chetek on Tuesday night on a report of a shooting. Twenty-five-year- old Paul Rederer was found dead of a gunshot wound.

Authorities said it appears it was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot and that alcohol and drug use were contributing factors.

The Barron County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating.

State plans to ship voting credentials overnight

MADISON - The state Department of Transportation plans to ship voting credentials overnight to people who try to obtain photo identification during election week.

The DOT offers free IDs for voting. People without proper documentation to obtain an ID can petition the agency for one. Anyone who enters the petition process gets a credential to vote through the mail, which can take days to arrive.

State Elections Commission member Ann Jacobs raised questions Tuesday about how people who file a petition on Election Day will get credentials in time to have their votes count.

People without credentials can cast provisional ballots but must verify their identity within the next three days. Since credentials likely wouldn't arrive until the following week, their ballot would be invalidated.

DOT announced the overnight shipping Tuesday evening.

Hotel chef fatally stabbed while trying to help friend

MILWAUKEE - Friends of a Milwaukee chef fatally stabbed outside a bar in Milwaukee say he was trying to help an acquaintance who was being attacked by her boyfriend.

Shawn Ostrom's friends gathered outside Thurman's 15 bar on the city's east side Tuesday night to mourn his death. The 32-year-old Ostrom was a chef at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Witnesses said Ostrom tried to intervene in the fight outside the bar early Monday and was stabbed. Megan Liddell said Ostrom was very protective of women and of all his friends in general.

Police have arrested two suburban Milwaukee men in the case. The Pfister released a statement which said co-workers have lost a respected colleague and work family member. …

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