MADISON - Last fall we learned a state pre-paid funeral organization's trust fund was missing millions of dollars. Now the court-appointed receiver of the Wisconsin Funeral Trust says there was substantial wrongdoing in operating the plan.
State investigators say the trust was mismanaged to the toll of millions of dollars for people who paid for funerals in advance.
John Wirth says there will likely be litigation to recover lost assets.
Wirth's office has issued 39 subpoenas and reviewed more than 100,000 pages of emails and documents.
He says there were several hundred people who had investments and have died since the problems were exposed. They have, for the most part, had their funerals covered.
But, the funeral homes are getting about 60 cents on the dollar in reimbursement.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
FOX CROSSING - State justice officials say a police officer in the Fox Valley has fatally shot a suspect.
The Department of Justice says Fox Crossing police responded to a report of a man threatening people at Fritze Park Wednesday afternoon. Police say numerous people called about a man who they said was acting erratically and was armed with a knife.
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