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

February 16, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Five Democratic senators vying for their party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is making her own uncommon choice for early campaigning by visiting Wisconsin before heading to Iowa, home to the nation’s first caucus. By Elana Schor. Developing.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST

MADISON, Wis. _ A report says Wisconsin saw a slight decrease in the number of students who received breakfast at school through a federally subsidized nutrition program last school year. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center found Wisconsin’s participation in the School Breakfast Program is trailing the rest of the country. The report says Wisconsin saw student participation in the program decrease by about 400 low-income students in the 2017-2018 school year. SENT: 360 words.

NURSING HOMES-FINANCIAL CHALLENGES

MADISON, Wis. _ Advocates say Wisconsin’s nearly 400 nursing facilities are in crisis due to a shortage of workers and the low Medicaid reimbursement rate. Health groups Wisconsin Health Care Association and LeadingAge Wisconsin have requested that lawmakers allocate about $83 million in the next two-year budget to help the state’s nursing facilities cover costs and avoid closure. The association’s CEO, John Vander Meer, tells Wisconsin Public Radio that 27 skilled nursing facilities have closed since 2016. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGE-ENGINE BUILDER HONORED

KENOSHA, Wis. _ Despite juggling a busy career as a business owner, college professor and race car driver, Kenosha’s Tony Pontillo is convinced he hasn’t worked a day in his life. Pontillo, owner of Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Shop, was recently recognized for his many contributions to the auto industry in being named the 2018 Vintage Engine Builder of the Year by Engine Builder magazine. The 50-year-old Kenosha native received a cash prize, wall plaque and a prize package from Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ sponsoring brands at the annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. By Jeffrey Zampanti, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 667 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RESTORING MANSION

YORKVILLE, Wis. _ Michael and Dawn Hourigan didn’t dub their home the Yorkville Mansion. As they were renovating their bedroom, they found on some boards in the wall the name “J.F. Moyle” in large looping cursive with “Yorkville Mansion” written underneath. J.F. stood for John Foxwell Moyle, who, with some help, built the Yorkville Mansion in 1883 for his family. By Christina Lieffring, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1079 words, photos.

IN BREIF:

CAR FIRE FATAL.

SPORTS:

DEROIT MERCY-GREEN BAY

GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Detroit Mercy plays Green Bay at Resch Center.

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