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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former Wisconsin prisons secretary is writing a tell-all book about how he was driven out of state government. Former Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall resigned in 2016 as word was breaking that the FBI was taking over a state probe into abuse at the state's youth prison.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The head of Wisconsin's Elections Commission says a 28 percent reduction in staff weakens security of the state's voting systems as concerns about Russian interference force officials to introduce additional safeguards. The commission wants the Legislature to approve hiring three additional staff members, with two of them focusing on election security issues. A third position would focus on educating voters about such things as Wisconsin's voter identification law.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin milling company is disputing federal labor officials' decision to levy a $1.8 million fine in connection with a fatal plant explosion. The Didion Milling Co. plant in Cambria exploded on May 31. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that a preventable accumulation of grain dust probably caused the explosion and proposed fining the company $1.8 million. Company officials said Friday they don't agree with OSHA's conclusions or the penalty's severity.

ROSENDALE, Wis. (AP) - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital. The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel at Knaus Cheese when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday. Klotzbach was taken to a hospital in Neenah with burns and broken bones. He was reported in stable condition.

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