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State agencies warned not to destroy records

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state agencies are being told to preserve records during the transition from Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration to Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state agencies are being told to preserve records during the transition from Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration to Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker.

The head of the public records board sent agency secretaries and other top officials a letter on Monday reminding them that records created, maintained or received during the course of conducting public business belong to the office and not the individual.

Records board chairwoman Carol Hemersbach says in the memo that most of the records will have continuing value to the new administration. She says other records may have historical value.

The board also recommends that incoming officials not immediately change established retention policies, as doing so could be expensive.

Walker takes over for Doyle on Jan. 3.

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