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Doyle headed to Italy to talk business

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle is traveling to Italy and Tunisia for a series of business and government meetings.

Doyle’s office announced the trade mission on Wednesday, the same day he was departing for the trip. He was scheduled to return on March 26.

Doyle was scheduled to meet with the international ship building firm that owns Marinette Marine and Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. According to his office, Doyle is working with them to secure a U.S. Navy contract to build 10 combat ships in Wisconsin. The contract is expected to be awarded this summer.

He’s also meeting with several other Italian companies and their executives to discuss potential investments in Wisconsin. He’s got a series of other similar meetings planned in Tunisia, according to his office.

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