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

July 9, 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. Amy Forliti 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

SENATE-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially endorsed anyone in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, but there are numerous signals that his preferred candidate is state Sen. Leah Vukmir. The latest? A smiling Vukmir joined Walker in a conga line at a Fourth of July party Saturday night at the governor’s mansion and blasted a photo of it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 360 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

CANDIDATE FIRED

MADISON, Wis. — A Republican state treasurer candidate said Monday that he was fired from his bank job because he wouldn’t drop out of the race. Travis Hartwig’s campaign said in a news release that U.S. Bank fired him from his job as a mutual fund administrator at a downtown Milwaukee branch on July 2. Hartwig said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he notified the bank he was running for treasurer in April. Company officials told him in June if he didn’t drop out of the race he would have to resign or take a leave of absence. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 470 words.

With:

CANDIDATE FIRED-THE LATEST

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR-PRISONS

MADISON, Wis. — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel ripped the Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ proposals to release inmates from Wisconsin prisons Monday, calling the plans irresponsible and dangerous. Schimel said during a conference call with reporters that the Democrats’ plans are too vague and would result in violent criminals walking the streets. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 660 words.

UNFUNDED LIABILITIES-CITIES

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s 25 largest cities face $2.25 billion in unfunded retiree health care liabilities, with increasing costs over a three-year period in Milwaukee and Racine negating savings elsewhere, the Wisconsin Policy Forum reported Monday. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 360 words.

TRACKING TICKS

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are hoping a new smartphone app will help them gain a better understanding of where people come across ticks as Wisconsin is increasingly a hotbed for tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

POCAN-ICE, GOVERNOR-WISCONSIN-POCAN, CONGRESS-WISCONSIN-BRYCE, COUPLE KILLED

SPORTS:

BREWERS-MARLINS

MIAMI — Chase Anderson starts Monday night for the NL Central-leading Brewers when they open a three-game series at Miami against Jose Urena. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET. Photos.

ARCA-GIRL POWER

NEWTON, Iowa — Stock car racing team Venturini Motorsports has had a tradition of employing women that stretches back for decades. On June 29, the ARCA outfit made history — starting three female drivers in the same race for the first time in the modern era of the sport. Natalie Decker, Leilani Münter and Toni Breidinger finishing 12th, 18th and 20th respectively at Chicagoland Speedway. By starting as a trio, they helped raise the profile of women in a sport long dominated by men. The latest woman hoping to prove she’s worthy of a top-tier ride with the help of VMS is 21-year-old Decker, a Wisconsin native in her first full season in ARCA. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 610 words, photos.

LPGA TOUR

ONEIDA, Wis. — Sei Young Kim watched her 12-foot birdie putt break toward the hole and disappear into the cup, putting her in territory no one had ever been on the LPGA Tour. She reached 30-under par in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. And she wasn’t finished. Kim added yet another birdie, closed with a 7-under 65 and wound up her historic week Sunday in Wisconsin at 31 under for a nine-shot victory. By Bill Huber. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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