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News Minute: Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin election officials insist the state's voting systems are safe from hackers as ballots are cast in Tuesday's primary. Intelligence gathered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates Russia targeted Wisconsin's elections system in 2016. Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney says that since 2016 the system has been encrypted, or converted to code.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement creates an opening in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district for the first time in 20 years, fueling hopes among Democrats that they can pick up the seat that leans Republican. Union ironworker Randy Bryce faces schoolteacher Cathy Myers in Tuesday's Democrat primary. On the Republican side, former Ryan aide Bryan Steil is a front-runner in a five-way contest.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Union members are walking the picket line at the Trane Co. in La Crosse. The union's 500 members rejected a proposed contract over the weekend and voted to go on strike. The previous contract expired Saturday. Contract negotiations are ongoing during the strike.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Republican primary for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat pits two loyalists to President Donald Trump who agree on most of the issues. Polls leading up to Tuesday's primary showed a very close race between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir, with about a third of Republican voters undecided. The primary winner will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November.

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