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Wis. DOA launches personnel probe in balloon spat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State officials have opened an internal investigation into whether a state worker popped a state Capitol visitor's balloon.

The Department of Administration issued a statement Tuesday saying the investigation is under way. The statement said the employee did not come to work on Tuesday and won't be at work until further notice. The statement did not elaborate and a DOA spokesman didn't return a message.

Police say the woman brought a balloon to the daily lunch hour protest at the Capitol against Gov. Scott Walker's union rights law. The woman claims the state worker popped it during an argument with her.

Drops of blood were splattered on the Capitol floor where the altercation allegedly took place. The worker told investigators he slipped and cut himself before the incident began.

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