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Wisconsin funeral home must stop cremations

MADISON (AP) -- State regulators have suspended the crematory license of a Wisconsin funeral home chain.

The Department of Regulation and Licensing says it ordered the 25-day suspension for Church and Chapel Funeral Services cremations in Brookfield. Regulators say the funeral home chain cremated 272 human remains from January through April while its license was expired.

Owner Ted Larsen says missing the license renewal date was an "embarrassing oversight." Larsen says cremations were done by a local cemetery during the suspension period, which expires Tuesday. He says his company never received a renewal notice from the state.

Licensing department spokesman David Carlson says that even if that was the case, the company is responsible for knowing when its license needs to be renewed.

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