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News from around Wisconsin (12:04 p.m. 11/22/09)

Wis. veterans board calls meeting on secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Board is calling a special meeting to again discuss the performance of Secretary John Scocos.

The board will meet Tuesday afternoon at the agency’s headquarters in Madison. Board members met privately with Scocos last month to discuss their concerns, and some of his supporters worry his job is on the line.

Tuesday’s meeting was abruptly called after Scocos made a series of personnel changes in recent weeks, including reinstating Bill Crowley as the commandant of the Veterans Home in King.

Crowley’s reinstatement came after the Wisconsin Department of Justice declined to press criminal charges against anyone in connection with overspending at the home.

Quilters honor Wis. woman killed at Fort Hood

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) — The Camo Quilt Project in Plymouth is on a mission for a Kiel woman killed in the Fort Hood shootings.

Coordinator Linda Wieck tells WLUK-TV that Sgt. Amy Krueger asked for 45 camouflage quilts for her unit in September.

But Camo Quilt was already behind more than 200 requests for other soldiers. And making 45 blankets before the unit is deployed overseas in December would be impossible with only three of the usual volunteers.

But Wieck says when people heard about Krueger, hundreds of volunteers stepped up from as far away as Milwaukee and Madison. Krueger was among 13 killed in the Nov. 5 shooting.

Wieck said Krueger had already received a quilt from her and sent her a thank you note and requested the new batch.

Hunters find woman’s body in Manitowoc County

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — The Manitowoc County sheriff’s department is investigating the death of a 50-year-old woman found Saturday by hunters.

According to the sheriff’s department, deputies received a call around 5:15 a.m. that a group of hunters found a woman’s body in some Town of Cooperstown woods and didn’t know if she was alive.

Deputies are treating the death as a homicide. The department says investigators conducted a search warrant Saturday and found a possible suspect.

The woman is from the Green Bay area and deputies think she had been there for less than 24 hours.

An autopsy is planned for Monday.

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