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ACLU files complaint over interstate lanes


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A civil rights organization is demanding federal officials investigate state plans to expand Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee.

  The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation saying the changes would put minorities at a disadvantage.

  The state wants to widen the interstate from six to eight lanes and change exits.

  The ACLU argues the changes would hurt development in heavily minority Milwaukee and help the city's white suburbs while saving travelers only a minimal amount of time.

  The organization also contends the Wisconsin Transportation Department hasn't evaluated whether more money should go toward bus routes minorities need.

  Wisconsin DOT officials didn't immediately return messages for comment.

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