CRANDON - This week, members of Congress grilled local and state water leaders on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Tests have shown Flint's water contains dangerously high levels of lead.
R.T. Krueger thinks politics got in the way of science in the Flint case. Krueger is the president of Northern Lake Service a water-testing lab in Crandon. Northern Lake Service is one of just two or three labs of its kind and caliber in Wisconsin.
MILWAUKEE - The chief of staff fired from the Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah after allegations of over-prescription of narcotics were investigated is set to begin practicing psychiatry in La Crosse.
Some patients at the Tomah VA nicknamed Dr. David Houlihan "candy man" because of the amount of pain medications he prescribed. Although complaints are pending against Houlihan, he has not been charged and continues to hold his license to practice.
MADISON - The Legislature's budget committee has approved a bill that would boost funding for drug treatment programs.
Rep. John Nygren's (R- Marinette) bill would increase treatment for drug treatment and diversion programs by $2 million per year. The money would come out of the Department of Health Services and go to the state Department of Justice to administer as grants to counties.
WAUSAU - An alternative high school student in Wausau faces felony charges for carrying a loaded handgun on school property.
Keanan Brown, 17, appeared in Marathon County Court Thursday afternoon. Police arrested him at Northcentral Technical College's Alternative School Wednesday. Someone called in a tip telling police Brown was carrying a gun around town in his backpack. Officers found Brown at the school. He was carrying the 9mm gun in his jacket.
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