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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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Questions raised about expenses for state adoption agency

Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker at a bank in Westminster
Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker at a bank in Westminster

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The agencies that place children in Wisconsin foster homes had 130-thousand dollars of questionable expenses over the past two fiscal years.  The Legislative Fiscal Bureau checked the ledgers of five of the state's 24 child-placement agencies.  Over 78-percent of the questionable expenses came from Thrive Treatment Services of Watertown, which places children with emotional-and-behavior issues into foster homes.  The audit said Thrive spent $5,500 state tax dollars on four holiday parties -- $11,000 for a house in Adams County where foster care was not properly documented -- and another $5,000 for a board meeting last year. 

The audit also showed that $200,000 state dollars were loaned to businesses owned by the C-E-O's relatives. 

The group has not commented. 

Auditors recommended that the state Children-and-Family Services Department review Thrive's spending -- and that the $130,000 be paid back unless the firm can justify those costs.  Governor Scott Walker said yesterday he would work with the department on the audit's suggestions, and will work with lawmakers on any needed changes in state law.