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BC-WI--Wisconsin News Digest 1:30 pm, WI

December 28, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Wisconsin. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Dave Kolpack is on the desk.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORY:

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR-EVERS

MADISON, Wis. _ Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers has appointed two new cabinet secretaries. Evers announced that Mary Kolar, a retired U.S. Navy captain, will serve as the new state Department of Veterans Affairs secretary. Kathy Blumenfeld, a vice president of a Madison-based benefits administration company, will serve as Department of Financial Institutions secretary. Evers also announced that Brian Pahnke, an assistant state schools superintendent, as his state budget director. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

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WISCONSIN GOVERNOR-EVERS-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-PLANT CLOSING-10 YEARS LATER

JANESVILLE, Wis. _ At the General Motors assembly plant, Jeff Hanson horsed truck bodies onto vehicle frames — one every 56 seconds, hundreds in an eight-hour or 10-hour shift. It was one of Hanson’s many jobs as a floating line worker, filling in wherever and whenever other co-workers were absent. Co-workers called Hanson “Big Dog.” His arms were big and burly. They still are, even though Hanson’s factory days are long past. He took a buyout from GM in 2007, when a decade-long boom in SUV production began to sputter amid $4 gasoline and the early stages of the Great Recession. By Neil Johnson, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 3244 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-BARBERSHOP’S FUTURE

MONTELLO, Wis. _ The location and future of Shirley’s Old Time Barbershop is precarious. The foundation of the business, even during the driest months, is in constant contact with the Montello River, which flows south out of Lake Montello and dissects this city’s historic downtown before merging with the Fox River and, miles downstream, emptying into Puckaway Lake. So when heavy rains soaked the region in August and turned even the smallest creeks into raging torrents, Shirley Lynch had considerable concern. Her shop, a fixture in this city’s downtown for generations, has now been closed for nearly four months. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1341 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

VARIETY STORES CLOSED, SUSPECTED ROBBER KILLED

SPORTS:

SOUTHERN-MARQUETTE

MILWAUKEE _ No. 18 Marquette goes for an eighth straight win when the Golden Eagles host Southern to wrap up nonconference play. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

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