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Rep. Mark Pocan during opening remarks at the Congressional field hearing on the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Cranberry Country Lodge in Tomah, Wis., Monday, March 30, 2015.(Photo: Megan McCormick/News-Herald Media)

Assessing the makeup of his workplace, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said this:

In Congress, "on the Democratic side of the room, you’ve got men and women of all different races; on the other side, you’ve got a bunch of white men in dark suits, all over 55 or so."

PolitiFact Wisconsin finds that the Madison-area Democrat is largely on target.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

More than a year and a half before she faces re-election, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is confronting a controversial radio ad barrage.

On Thursday, two stations pulled the ad after a complaint was lodged by Baldwin's campaign. But Iowa-based Americas PAC is doubling down on its attack against Baldwin and is moving forward with a $650,000 buy.

"There's 12,000 plus ads that will be run over the next five months," said Tom Donelson, the treasurer of the PAC. "I hope she has fun. We're ready to fight over the next five months."

Donelson said funding for the ad was provided by Solutions for Wisconsin, a super PAC that received a $2 million cash infusion from GOP mega-donor Richard Uihlein. Solutions for Wisconsin has endorsed U.S. Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson, who has not yet formally declared his candidacy for an expected Republican Party primary.

Lincoln Hills School for Boys in Irma has been the subject of an FBI investigation for more than two years.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON — The state Department of Corrections fired a top psychologist at the state’s trouble-laden juvenile prison in December — making him the third psychologist to leave the facility under a cloud in a year.

The dismissal of psychologist Jeremy John comes a year after the state fired chief psychologist Vincent Ramos for taking photos of interns in a hotel room while he was wearing only an undershirt and boxers. Ramos last month surrendered his psychologist license to settle an investigation into his behavior at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, which have been under criminal investigation for more than two years.

John was fired in December for ignoring requests for help from dozens of inmates, according to a report published Thursday by The Associated Press.

These methadone pills were seized by the Washington County Sheriff's Department during a 2009 investigation of a suspected drug dealer. Methadone is sometimes prescribed for pain and is often prescribed to recovering addicts to help wean them off of opiates such as heroin. Pictured is methadone seized from dealer.(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

In an effort to prevent prescription painkiller abuse, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies will hold events across the state on Saturday for Drug Take Back Day.

The DOJ encourages people to bring controlled and non-controlled prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications to a nearby take back location. Liquids will also be accepted but must be in the original packaging.

Participants can dispose of solid medications by removing them from containers and disposing them directly into a disposal box or into a clear and sealable plastic bag.

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The driver of a minivan in a minivan versus farm tractor crash on U.S. Highway 18/151 in Dane County Wednesday evening is suspected of using heroin before the crash, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

A 40-year-old man from Evansville was traveling eastbound in a Kia minivan near Spring Rose Road in the Town of Verona when he collided with the back of an eastbound New Holland tractor driven by a 55-year-old man from Verona. Dane County Sheriff deputies and Verona and Mount Horeb police responded to the crash at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday and eastbound U.S. Highway 18/151 was closed for over four hours.

A 36-year-old woman from Belleville, who was a passenger in the minivan, was unresponsive when rescue personnel responded to the scene. The woman regained consciousness and was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital. She is being treated for non-life threatening, but significant injuries. The tractor driver was treated for a minor cut by emergency medical personnel at the scene.