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AP-WI--Wisconsin News Digest, WI

September 15, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVOR

KENOSHA, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman is recovering after surviving a lightning strike at a music festival in July. WTMJ-TV reports that Brittney Prehn was struck by lightning on the right side of her head while at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Kenosha County. The 22-year-old says she was on the phone at the time, and doctors believe the device took part of the hit and helped save her life. SENT: 280 words.

CLASSROOM CELLPHONES

MADISON, Wis. — School districts across Wisconsin are banning cellphones in the classroom in an effort to reduce distractions during class time. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Portage Community School District recently adopted such a policy after faculty approved it last year. Portage High School Principal Robin Kvalo says the new standardized policy has been effective because teachers and administrators are consistent with discipline. SENT: 255 words.

EXCHANGE-MOTHER’S MEMORIAL RIDE

LA CROSSE, Wis. — It was during the 10 days her son went missing from the river’s edge that Melissa Melnick made a promise. Her eldest son, Chris Stanley, was just weeks from a post-graduation bike ride to the Gulf Coast when he was swept into the Mississippi River on April 25, 2017. Melnick vowed to either ride alongside Chris in celebration or on her own in his memory. Sadly, Chris wasn’t pedaling beside her when Melnick recently departed her hometown of Minneapolis for the eight-week tour down the Mississippi River Trail. His body was found May 4, 2017, three miles downriver. The Fueled by Love Bike Tour serves to honor Chris and share his love for life with people along the way. By Emily Pyrek, La Crosse Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 929 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-MAILMAN HELPS HOMELESS

JANESVILLE, Wis. — When Tom Hathaway, of Janesville, started delivering mail in 2000, he said he was shocked by how many people he saw living in their cars. Hathaway has been collecting money and goods for the homeless for years. Earlier this month was his fifth annual “Helping the Homeless” event but the first of its kind held outside of his backyard. By Jonah Beleckis, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 540 words, photos.

EXTRA:

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ELECTION HACKING

MADISON, Wis. — A private vendor inadvertently introduces malware into voting machines he is servicing. A hacker hijacks the cellular modem used to transmit unofficial Election Day results. An email address is compromised, giving bad actors the same access to voting software as a local elections official. These are some of the potential vulnerabilities of Wisconsin’s election system described by cybersecurity experts. By Grigor Atanesian of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. SENT: 1,750 words.

IN BRIEF:

BACTERIA BEACH

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Minnesota Vikings’ defense is preparing for all scenarios when it comes to their meeting Sunday with the Green Bay Packers and the availability of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. By Genaro C, Armas. Sent: 780 words photos.

T25-BYU-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. — No. 6 Wisconsin finishes up its nonconference schedule when BYU visits Camp Randall Stadium. Key receiver Danny Davis returns from a two-game suspension for the Badgers’ replenished offense. By Genaro C. Armas. Upcoming: 750 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m. CT.

PIRATES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies (2-5) takes the hill as the Brewers try to keep pace with the first-place Cubs in the NL Central race. Milwaukee faces Ivan Nova (8-9) and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6:10 p.m. CT.

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