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Air Force Veteran says he struggled to get long-term pain solution from VA hospitals Submitted: 03/29/2015
TOMAH - Air Force veteran Jason Bishop says he has struggled in vain to find chronic pain relief at several Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, including one in Tomah.

Bishop says the VA hospitals have offered him treatment, including prescriptions for narcotics, but few long-term solutions.

Bishop was one of thousands of veterans to receive the narcotic as well as a prescription for a benzodiazepine, a class of psychoactive drugs that act as a tranquilizer. Experts say combining the two raises risk of injury and death.

The Tomah hospital is at the center of multiple probes after reports of narcotic overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior surfaced in January, allegations already affirmed by a preliminary report. U.S. House and Senate committees are to hold a joint field hearing Monday in Tomah.



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RHINELANDER - It gave people of all ages a community focused event to enjoy.

It's something ArtStart hopes to do after each opening event. It also hopes to mix in different themes for the receptions.

"In the past we've always had earlier receptions and this year we thought we'd try something different and have after parties with dancing and open bar, and hopefully attract maybe a little younger crowd," said Organizer Melinda Childs.

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BAYFIELD COUNTY - Authorities have recovered the body of a missing 77-year-old fisherman from a lake in northern Wisconsin.

Bayfield County authorities say Louis Bickel of Mason had gone ice fishing on Perch Lake in the Town of Drummond on Saturday. His wife reported that night that he had not returned home.

Deputies arrived to find Bickel's vehicle as well as a hole in the ice about 50 yards off shore with some ice fishing equipment in and near the hole.

Due to unsafe ice, the search was postponed until Sunday morning. Bickel's body was discovered in about 18 feet of water at 10 a.m.

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MERRILL - That's why she organized a spring craft and vendor show in Merrill. The show was Saturday at Les and Jim's Lincoln Lanes.

About 45 vendors came for the event.

Event organizer Laura Bares became interested in craft shows through another skillset.

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KIEL - A 21-year-old Wisconsin state trooper killed in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect is being remembered in his hometown.

Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend a public memorial service Sunday evening for Trooper Trevor Casper. The service is being held at Kiel High School, where Casper graduated in 2011.

Casper will killed Tuesday in a shootout that also left the bank robbery suspect dead. Casper had just graduated from the State Patrol's academy in December and was on his first solo patrol when he was killed.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker says that Walker will attend Casper's service. Walker has ordered flags in Wisconsin lowered to half-staff through Tuesday in the trooper's honor.

A private burial for Casper is planned Monday.

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RHINELANDER - Local businesses will do a lot to prepare for Saturday's Badger game, including buying extra supplies and getting ready to serve more customers.

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WAUSAU - A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests doctors struggle to accurately interpret breast biopsies.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has canceled oral arguments it planned to hold next month on three cases related to the secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign.

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