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VAPING-COUNTERFEITING

Potency of Wisconsin THC cartridges may be higher than claim

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say an operation that manufactured thousands of vaping cartridges may have been packing them with far more THC oil than the packaging claimed.

The revelation Wednesday from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office underscores warnings that people who buy vaping products on the street don’t know what they’re getting. Officials are investigating 450 possible cases in 33 states in which vaping has been linked to a severe lung disease.

Authorities haven’t established a link between the Wisconsin operation and any illnesses.

Police say the operation in Wisconsin, where marijuana is not legal, was filling cartridges from jars labeled as containing THC oil. They say the operation was injecting 1,000 milligrams — or 1 gram — from the jars into cartridges labeled as containing just 5 milligrams of THC oil.

Wisconsin authorities are currently testing the contents of the jars.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS-WISCONSIN

Kaul declines to join Purdue Pharma lawsuit settlement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is refusing to join a multistate settlement with Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma.

About half the states and thousands of local governments reached a tentative deal Wednesday with Purdue Pharma over its role in the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. Sources with direct knowledge of the talks say Purdue Pharma will pay up to $12 billion and the Sackler family, which owns the company, will give up control.

But roughly half the states haven’t signed on to the deal, including Wisconsin. Kaul, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday that the Sackler family has made billions from opioid sales. He says the company’s settlement position doesn’t achieve justice.

Kaul spokeswoman Gillian Drummond says he will continue to pursue Wisconsin’s case.

WASTING DISEASE

Democrat introduces bills to pump more money into CWD fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic legislator wants to spend millions of dollars to fight chronic wasting disease.

Rep. Katrina Shankland has introduced a package of bills that would allocate $2.2 million to expand cost-sharing for carcass-disposal dumpsters and kiosks where hunters can drop off deer for testing. The bills also would lay out $2 million for CWD research.

Shankland says the state saw a “vacuum of leadership” on CWD under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who took a hands-off approach out of fear of angering hunters.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has proposed no new CWD initiatives. He says he wants to see what other states’ research turns up.

Republicans control the Legislature. Aides for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos didn’t immediately respond to messages inquiring about the bills’ chances.

WEST NILE VIRUS-WISCONSIN

Wisconsin reports 1st case of human West Nile this year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials say the state has recorded its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Wednesday the case involves a resident of northeastern Wisconsin.

The department is advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and is not spread person to person. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The majority of human West Nile cases occur during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses is present any time mosquitoes are active, so residents should prevent mosquito bites through the rest of the summer and into early fall.

INFANT DEATH-FATHER ARRESTED

Father of infant who died in Jackson County arrested

MELROSE, Wis. (AP) — Jackson County sheriff’s officials say they have arrested the father of an infant who died last week.

Dispatchers got a call from a Village of Melrose mother last Wednesday saying she found her two-month-old baby was dead. Sheriff’s officials began investigating. An autopsy was done, evidence was collected and interviews were made.

Deputies arrested the 32-year-old father of the infant girl Tuesday about 5 p.m. on a possible charge of second-degree reckless homicide and child neglect resulting in death.

He’s been booked into the Jackson County Jail.

DECLINING FACULTY

UW administration grows while faculty numbers decline

(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System’s administration is growing while faculty numbers are declining.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the number of system employees categorized as “administration and academic leaders” grew by 53 positions, or 3.5%, between 2014 and 2017. The number of faculty members at the system’s two- and four-year schools dropped by 491 positions, or about 7.7%, over the same period.

UW-Madison faculty numbers dropped by 80 positions, a 4% decline. The flagship university’s administration grew by 52 positions, an 11% increase.

UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone says the administrative growth is related to increased regulations. She says the school hired more mental health counselors and more sexual violence support personnel.

System spokesman Mark Pitsch attributed the decline in faculty numbers to retirements.

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PRIEST-ASSAULT TRIAL

Accuser says priest assaulted him dozens of times

(Information from: WKOW-TV, http://www.wkow.com)

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A man has testified he was sexually assaulted dozens of times by a Fort Atkinson priest when he was a young boy.

That priest, William Nolan, is on trial in Jefferson County for six counts on child sexual assault in a trial that began this week. His accuser, now 26, testified Tuesday that he knew as early as sixth grade that he was gay and said he was drawn to the good-looking, energetic priest.

The man, who was an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, says he met weekly with Nolan for sexual encounters.

WKOW-TV reports the accuser testified he decided to contact police years later after watching the film Spotlight about Boston’s priest sex abuse scandal. He testified he was concerned Nolan could have had contact with other children.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY COLLISION

Nebraska authorities release names of collision victims

JANSEN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Fairbury man who was killed when his sport utility vehicle collided with a truck hauling bricks in southeast Nebraska.

The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 136, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Fairbury. Witnesses reported that the eastbound SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the truck, which was hauling several pallets of bricks on a trailer.

Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen identified the SUV driver Tuesday as Alexander Joubert. The truck driver was identified as a 56-year-old Wisconsin resident, Marcus Ward. He was treated for minor scrapes and bruises.

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