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

January 12, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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MADISON, Wis. _ The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn’t understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the state for months. Someone blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs’ home near Barron in October, gunned the couple down and made off with their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 970 words, photos. Will be updated.

With Two Dead-Child Missing-The Latest.


GORDON, Wis. _ The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents more than two months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until then. 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson graduated in 2015 from high school in Minong, not far from the woodland cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs says he had held her since she was kidnapped in October. Patterson has no apparent online presence. He participated in the high school quiz bowl team. By Todd Richmond and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Former kidnapping victims say 13-year-old Jayme Closs must be allowed to discuss her ordeal on her own terms as she tries to recover from her traumatic experiences. Jayme was found alive Thursday after approaching a stranger nearly three months after police say a man abducted her from her northern Wisconsin home after fatally shooting her parents. A 21-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after her rescue. By Tammy Webber and Brady McCombs. SENT: 980 words, photos.



MADISON, Wis. _ Two neighboring counties in southern Wisconsin are taking steps to address last year’s widespread flooding that drenched streets, damaged homes and caused lakes to spill over. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Dane County has budgeted more than $18 million this year to go toward flood mitigation projects. The move comes after torrential storms last summer dumped more than 11 inches of rain in some areas. Sauk County is focusing on its flood recovery program, which helps residents secure aid. SENT: 300 words.


MADISON, Wis. _ Kevin Soucie fired up his laptop one day in June. He typed “peacecorps.gov” into the address bar and up popped a photo on his screen. He can’t quite remember which one; it was either of a young man pumping water from a rural village well or a young woman teaching a class full of children, chalk in hand. Soucie’s computer mouse hovered over the button that would take him to the Peace Corps’ online application. By Kelly Meyerhofer, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1231 words, photos.


JANESVILLE, Wis. _ After 24 years of marriage, Jean Lademann had three days to grieve the loss of her husband before returning to work. Married for 29 years, Twila Claas recalled how her family and friends were wonderful after her husband died when she was 50. Karla Simpson remembered the first time she had to check marital status on a form after her husband died. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 629 words, photo.




ROCHESTER, Mich. _ Green Bay plays Oakland in its fourth annual Winterfest game at Athletics Center O’rena.


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