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BC-WI--Wisconsin News Digest 1:30 pm, WI

March 29, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Wisconsin. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Dave Kolpack is on the desk.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORY:

TRUMP-GREAT LAKES

After proposing repeatedly to gut federal funding for a popular Great Lakes cleanup program, President Donald Trump reversed himself Thursday during a Grand Rapids rally and pledged the $300 million sought by supporters in both parties. By John Flesher. Developing.

AROUND THE STATE:

FLOODING-PREDATORY CONTRACTORS

MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin consumer protection officials are warning victims of recent flooding to be wary of predatory contractors. Lara Sutherlin is a division administrator for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio that transient contractors look to take advantage of homeowners affected by flooding or other natural disasters. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250-300 words.

EXCHANGE-SUPPORTING BLACK WOMEN

MADISON, Wis. _ It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Ford’s Gym, a “Rocky”-style gym filled with “regular old-school dudes,” Sabrina Madison says. That’s why she likes it. Head coach Andrea Nelson leads Madison through her boxing drills. Wearing boxing gloves, Madison punches while stepping to the left, stepping right, taking quick one-two punches, then punches while stepping forward and stepping backward. At the end of her session, she gives whatever she has left to the heavy bag hanging from the ceiling by a chain. By Lisa Speckhard Pasque, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 4008 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MAPLE SUGARING

SOMERS, Wis. _ Recipe for a fine day in early spring: a walk in a nature preserve capped off with a cup of maple syrup over shaved ice. This was what about 60 adults and children got to experience recently as they participated in the spring maple sap harvest at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum. The maple sugaring excursion _ called “Maple Sugarin’ Class” _ consisted of tapping trees for sap, watching the boiling process of sap into syrup and tasting the final product. By Heather Larson Poyner, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 835 words, photos.

EXTRA:

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RISING WEED KILLER

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ A volatile weed killer linked to cancer and endocrine issues will likely be sprayed on millions more acres of soybeans and cotton across the Midwest and South starting this year. In January, China approved imports of a new genetically modified soybean variety — Enlist E3 soybeans jointly made by Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDupont and seed company MS Technologies — that can withstand the herbicide 2,4-D. By Johnathan Hettinger of Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. SENT: 1,335 words.

REFUGEE CHEFS

MILWAUKEE _ Abebech Jima and her family came to Milwaukee from Ethiopia three years ago looking for a chance to start over. Like many refugees seeking asylum, the family wanted to live somewhere safe and away from the life-threatening conflict tearing their country apart. By Ana Martinez-Ortiz of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. SENT: 385 words.

IN BRIEF:

WISCONSIN LAME-DUCK LAWSUIT, OVERDOSE DEATH INDICTMENT, YOUTH PRISON INVESTIGATION, POLICE CRASH, NEAR CAMPUS FATALITY

SPORTS:

CARDINALS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ After Lorenzo Cain’s sensational home run-robbing catch secured Milwaukee’s win in the opener, the Brewers go for two in a row against the St. Louis Cardinals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m. EDT.

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