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Wis. licensing dept. looking into doctors' notes


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin officials are investigating complaints about doctors who handed out medical excuses for pro-labor protesters at the Capitol.

Department of Regulation and Licensing secretary Dave Ross says the agency received 500 e-mails alerting the department to the physicians handing out notes. Ross says the department will review complaints with the independent Medical Examining Board as soon as possible.

He says only e-mails that name a specific physician can be considered complaints.

Tuesday's statement came a day after University of Wisconsin Health, which employs some of the physicians involved, said it was also looking into the matter.

Physician Lou Sanner was one of the doctors who provided notes. He told The Associated Press on Saturday that doctors wrote the notes for what they saw as legitimate health issues arising from stress.

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