WHITEWATER - The federal government is investigating whether the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and dozens of other universities have mishandled sexual abuse complaints.
The U.S. Department of Education said Thursday that 55 colleges and universities are under investigation. It declined to provide details of the probes, but said some were prompted by complaints, while others were initiated following compliance reviews triggered by other factors, such as news stories.
A spokeswoman for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater a complaint against that school was filed with the Education Department. She declined to comment on it because it is still under investigation.
Spokeswoman Sara Kuhl says the university is committed to investigating sexual abuse complaints in a ``timely and effective'' manner and provides the people making them with help in reporting the incidents to law enforcement officials.
MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem.
The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans.
MADISON - Rhinelander's former police chief just finished the FBI's "crown jewel" of training. Mike Steffes -- who is now the Deputy Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement Services --completed the three-week "National Executive Institute" in September.
The academy is designed for executives that lead more than 500 sworn officers and serve populations of 250,000 or more.
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