- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Shooting reported at home of sheriff’s employee

PLOVER, Wis. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a shooting at the home of a Portage County Sheriff’s Office employee.

Wisconsin Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck tells Stevens Point Journal Media (http://spjour.nl/1gToMrWhttp://spjour.nl/1gToMrW ) the state Division of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene of the shooting in the village of Plover. She says more information will be released later.

The incident was reported just after 1 a.m. Saturday. Units from the Plover Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Portage County Coroner’s Office went to the scene in central Wisconsin, and roads around the home were blocked off.


The Plover Police Department confirms that the DCI has taken over the investigation.

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Information from: Stevens Point Journal Media, http://www.stevenspointjournal.comhttp://www.stevenspointjournal.com

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Wisconsin invests in family practice doctors

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The University of Wisconsin ranks among the top 10 U.S. medical schools in producing graduates who go into family practice, an encouraging trend that could help stem an expected shortfall of doctors, especially in rural areas.

Over the past three years, one in six UW medical school graduates - or 16.5 percent - entered family practice, good for a ninth-place ranking overall, the American Academy of Family Physicians said this week. The University of North Dakota was first with 23.3 percent.

UW’s ranking suggests that efforts to expand the state’s pipeline for family-practice doctors are working, especially for those willing to practice in traditionally underserved rural areas. But it’s not always easy to convince students to do either. Last year, medical school students graduated with an average of $170,000 in debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, leading many to specialize or move to higher-paying urban areas to get out of debt faster.

Federal and state programs, in conjunction with medical schools, are aiming to reverse the trend through solutions that include encouraging medical students to study family practice and giving graduates the opportunity to do their residencies - three to seven extra years after graduating - in rural areas. Statistics show that more than half of graduates who work outside of an urban setting stay rooted in the rural.

UW began receiving state funds in 2008 to create a program specifically for students who want to work in smaller, rural communities. Students spend two of their four academic years in rural areas, where they get hands-on clinical experience in a region they’re likely to end up serving.

“We have 26 students matriculating this fall,” said Byron Crouse, the director of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine. “I think it’d be good to see that number rise to 30 or 32, if we can find additional funding.”

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