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This undated photo provided by the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office shows Edward Klein. Klein, A retired federal law enforcement officer was charged in the May 16, 2017 shooting of an Amtrak train conductor in Naperville, Ill.(Photo: Associated Press)

WHEATON, Ill. - A suburban Chicago judge has ordered a mental fitness evaluation for a Wisconsin man charged with shooting and seriously injuring an Amtrak conductor.

The public defender for 79-year-old Edward Klein told a DuPage County judge Thursday that she has “bona fide doubt” of the West Allis man’s mental fitness.

Klein is held on $1.5 million bail and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery. Officials say he shot the conductor May 16 because he wasn’t allowed to disembark early at a suburban Chicago stop.

The judge ordered the examination Klein said “do what you have to do, sir.”

The judge set a June 28 court date in hopes of having a report from the doctor who will evaluate Klein.

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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)Buy Photo

MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is getting rid of the internal affairs unit that exposed abuses at the state’s juvenile prison complex and paved the way for a years-long criminal investigation of the facility.

The Department of Corrections' unit will be eliminated on June 25 and its investigators will be folded into a bureau focused on reducing sexual assaults behind bars. The change means the state’s prison system will no longer have a dedicated office for investigating employee misconduct.

“I don’t understand the wisdom behind the change,” said Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee). “Why would we return to a setup that could allow future abuse? If it’s shown value, why would we end it?”

Department of Corrections officials said closing the internal affairs division will allow the state agency to concentrate on sexual assaults while still maintaining its ability to thoroughly investigate employee misconduct.

Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require able-bodied poor adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.

Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee outvoted Democrats 12-4 to approve these provisions in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget along with the bill's requirement that some parents on food stamps work in order to receive benefits.

But GOP lawmakers also required the Walker administration to get further sign-off from the budget panel once the plans have been fleshed out.

"The governor’s initiatives have been to help people move from dependence to independence. We’re going to support that initiative and that concept, except we do believe some of the ideas need further vetting," said Rep.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.(Photo: Getty Images)

Nearly a year ago, in the heat of a political campaign, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's bid to push through a bill to protect federal whistleblowers from retaliation hit a road block.

Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, blocked the measure after Johnson tried to get it passed through unanimous consent.

Now, with Republicans in charge, Johnson's bill passed the Senate Thursday via unanimous consent and goes on to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 was named after a 38-year-old psychologist who committed suicide after being fired from the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Kirkpatrick had raised concerns about patients' medications.

“The dedicated men and women who take a risk to expose wrongdoing and waste in the federal government deserve the respect and support of our nation,” Johnson said in a statement. “Unfortunately, too often these courageous individuals are subjected to retaliation in an attempt to silence them.

Divers with a towing service pull a plane that crashed into the Red Cedar River, about 3 miles south of Chetek on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Sheriff's officials say one teenager died and another was critically injured in the crash.(Photo: Pam Powers, Associated Press)

A teenage pilot was killed and his passenger was seriously injured when a single-engine plane crashed into a river near a small northwestern Wisconsin community still recovering from last week’s deadly and destructive tornado.

Owen Knutson, 17, died at the scene of the crash Wednesday evening, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

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Passenger Hunter Gillett, 18, just days away from graduating from high school, was injured when the Piper aircraft crashed into the Red Cedar River about 3 miles south of Chetek, sheriff’s officials said.

Fitzgerald said it was difficult for first responders to locate and reach the crash site.