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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

January 24, 2019

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Jan. 26-28:



APPLETON, Wis. _ Karen Park still remembers her parents’ political influence growing up. The daughter of two civil rights and peace activists who lived in Washington D.C. in the 1960s, Park was exposed to social movements and the political process early in life. It impacted her so much that she’s passed the same tradition down to her four children — two college students, one in middle school and one in high school. By Mica Soellner, Post-Crescent Media. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1185 words.


JANESVILLE, Wis. _ The moment children open their eyes, they begin learning what they’ll need for the third-grade reading test. Before their vision is completely focused, before they can grasp a rattle, and before they can sleep through the night, they are putting down the foundation crucial to their success as 8-year-old third-graders. And those third-grade reading scores mean everything, school officials say, because after third grade, students are not learning to read — they are reading to learn. By Catherine W. Idzerda, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2167 words, photos.



KENOSHA, Wis. _ Mike Souter of Racine is the kind of guy who strikes up friendly conversations with strangers. So when he was shopping at Walmart recently, he asked the pharmacist what he does for fun. The pharmacist mentioned he planned to play in a chess tournament in Kenosha the following weekend and invited Souter to give it a try. Recently, snowy weather kept the pharmacist at home, but Souter was at Southwest Library for his first tournament. By Deneen Smith, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 513 words, photos.


RACINE, Wis. _ When city officials decided to clear the area known as Machinery Row, or the Water Street Redevelopment Area, it was the end for those former industrial buildings. But it was the beginning of a massive salvaging of materials from them: primarily lumber, Cream City bricks and metal. The lumber harvest will mean the wood used to construct those buildings will live on, as flooring, furniture, cabinetry and more. By Michael Burke, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 854 words, photos.

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