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State Senator Joe Leibham to not seek recount for last week's election

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Joe Leibham will not seek a recount for last week's 6th House District Republican primary. The Sheboygan state senator lost the four man race to State Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes, which was close enough to ask for a recount that would have been paid for by local government units. In a statement made Friday afternoon, Leibham said he has contacted Grothman about his decision and wished him well in the November general election.  He adds he is happy of the ...

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Epidemic-fighting fund fires chief auditor as shake-up continues

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said on Thursday it had sacked its chief auditor after finding his performance "unsatisfactory", in the latest in a series of leadership changes at the Geneva-based organization.

The fund was due later on Thursday to name a new executive director to replace Michel Kazatchkine of France. Kazatchkine stepped down in January following criticism over misuse of funds and cuts in funding, prompting a management shake-up and appointments of new senior officials last week.

The decision to dismiss inspector general John Parsons, which was effective immediately, was based on a review by the board, an independent external peer review of the audit function and a report by the group's audit and ethics committee.

"The Board decision came after a careful review of his performance, which was found to be unsatisfactory," it said in a statement.

Gabriel Jaramillo, a former chairman and chief executive officer of Sovereign Bank, was appointed general manager for one year to "transform the organization" after Kazatchkine's departure.

The public-private organization has approved $22.9 billion in funding for more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries since it was set up a decade ago.

The group, which is recognized as the leader in the fight against the three epidemics, receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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