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

March 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. Jeff Baenen 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

ATTORNEY GENERAL-NONDISCLOSURE

MADISON, Wis. _ Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul won’t require state Justice Department employees to sign nondisclosure agreements, scrapping a practice that his Republican predecessor began going into the 2018 campaign season. Kaul said the move is consistent with his commitment to open government. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 480 words.

YOUTH PRISON INVESTIGATION

MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections will build two new juvenile detention facilities in Milwaukee and Outagamie counties to house serious juvenile offenders after the state’s troubled youth prison closes, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 480 words.

WISCONSIN BUDGET-MEDICAID

MADISON, Wis. _ The leader of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services says Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is dedicated to convincing skeptical Republicans to go along with Medicaid expansion, calling it a critical part of the agency’s plan to address health care needs across the state. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 130 words. Developing. Photo planned.

AROUND THE STATE:

AMTRAK-NORTHERN LIGHTS

SUPERIOR, Wis. _ Amtrak has expressed interest in building an up to $600 million passenger rail line between Minneapolis and the twin port cities of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that leaders in both states welcomed Amtrak’s announced interest in the proposed Northern Lights Express rail service on Monday. The cities haven’t had rail service since 1985. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300-350 words.

IN BRIEF:

WISCONSIN WEDDING BARNS, FATAL CONFRONTATION, VOTER FRAUD, SENTENCE CREDIT

SPORTS:

BUCKS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks bring the NBA’s best record to New Orleans on Tuesday night. The Pelicans are missing injured Jrue Holiday and have lost three straight. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

PACKERS-FREE AGENCY

The Green Bay Packers are spending big in free agency. They agreed to $183 million worth of contracts with pass-rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 400 words, file photos by 4 p.m. CT.

With:

FREE AGENCY-THE LATEST

AP ALL BIG TEN

Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Purdue’s Matt Painter is its coach of the year. Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP’s All-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference. By Eric Olson. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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