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Former Menomonie pharmacist loses federal court challenge

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A pharmacist reprimanded for not giving birth control to a college student in Menomonie -- and later fired at a drug store near La Crosse -- has lost a federal court challenge.

Neil Noesen claimed his civil rights were violated when Wal-Mart in Onalaska released him after five days on the job. He cited religious discrimination because he refused to serve birth-control customers against his Catholic beliefs.

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