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Dan Zimmerman, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in the first Gulf War and Iraq, is the new state secretary of veterans affairs.(Photo: Meg Jones/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - The new secretary of veterans affairs takes over a department facing controversy over care at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King and contentious relations with county veterans service officers.

Dan Zimmerman, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, 51, is being praised for his transparency, improving communications with veterans organizations and county veterans service officers and for moving swiftly to reassign the commandant of the King home. The department has a $143 million budget and 1,300 employees, most of whom work at the state's three veterans homes in Chippewa Falls, King and Union Grove.

Under Zimmerman's predecessor John Scocos, who left in January, the Legislature launched an audit of the King home because of concerns over the quality of care and spending. Last year county veterans service officers and county administrators sharply criticized efforts to change the way block grants are doled out by the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

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The sweeping criminal probe is examining allegations of prisoner abuse, child neglect, sexual assault, intimidation of witnesses and victims, strangulation and tampering with public records.

Lincoln Hills School for Boys in Irma has been the subject of a federal investigation for more than two years.(Photo: Dan Young / Daily Herald Media)

MADISON – State officials last year planned to return a suspended psychologist to his job at Wisconsin’s troubled juvenile prison, but backed off after a prosecutor said he could be charged with falsifying records, state records show.

After learning of possible charges, the Department of Corrections kept psychologist Wilson Fowle on paid leave and began its own investigation of him. Six weeks later, Fowle retired and by the end of 2016 agreed to surrender his psychology license.

Prosecutors will not say whether they are still considering charges against Fowle for falsifying medical records, such as by claiming he had met with inmates on days he did not work.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).(Photo: Getty Images)

PolitiFact Wisconsin has done four fact checks on statements about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.

The fate of the proposal, pushed hard by Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump, remained uncertain Friday afternoon, as the U.S. House of Representatives debated it.

Here's a look at the four statements by Wisconsin politicians, two by Republicans and two by Democrats, that we've rated:

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the replacement would reduce subsidies that help lower-income people buy health insurance, but also "expand the entitlement" by giving subsidies to higher-income people "that Obamacare never helped." Our rating: True.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says that under the GOP plan, "$600 billion worth of tax breaks will go to the wealthiest in this country." Our rating: Half True.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, says the GOP plan would let insurance executives "personally make millions off your health care.

Wisconsin is back in the Sweet 16 for a second straight year, which means one of the best things about the Badgers has returned.

“Moesch Madness” — a video series starring forward Aaron Moesch and guard Matt Ferris — is back. Last year, the pair attempted to recreate Bronson Koenig’s buzzer-beater and did a fantastic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song parody.

This year? It’s a fun Empire State of Mind video:

And here they are recreating Nigel Hayes’ game-winner over Villanova:

Keep going, Wisconsin, so we can watch more Moesch Madness.

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Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and state Rep. Joel Kleefisch are selling their Oconomoc house for $399,900.(Photo: First Weber Realty)

Wisconsin's second couple has put their house in Oconomowoc on the block.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and state Rep. Joel Kleefisch are listing their 2,636-square-foot home on Okauchee Lake for $399,900, according to First Weber Realtors.

"They are moving to a more central location within the 38th Assembly District but still with close proximity to the freeway so the lieutenant governor can do her job with aplomb," said Daniel Suhr, chief of staff to Rebecca Kleefisch.

The listing for the house says: "Peaceful backyard, outdoor fireplace, patio with pergola and water feature. Conveniently located close to shopping. Don't miss it!"

Joel Kleefisch, a Republican rep, said the couple recently bought 50 acres, including hunting and tillable land, in the Town of Concord in Jefferson County. He said the lieutenant governor's sister and her husband bought 40 acres of adjoining land where they hope to operate an apiary, a collection of beehives.