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Woman drops lawsuit against Department of Public Welfare

| Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 8:40 p.m.

A federal judge on Friday approved a Butler County woman's motion to drop her lawsuit, which claimed the state Department of Public Welfare fired her for reporting wasteful scheduling practices and reporting a co-worker who was watching movies on his iPad during office hours.

Brenda McAfee, 38, of Center Township claimed that supervisors started retaliating after she questioned personal care home inspection schedules that increased the agency's travel costs. Her motion to dismiss the case doesn't provide a reason. Her lawyer, Tara Fertelmes, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Thomas Donahoe declined comment. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab approved the motion.

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