BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI
Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Nov. 17-19:
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Wisconsin rehabilitation programs aim to change criminals’ lives. Judges often order anger management training when they sentence offenders. If the judges don’t, probation agents often require it for their clients. Tens of thousands of inmates and offenders under supervision of probation and parole agents — 55 percent of them statewide this year — have been identified as needing anger management, state officials said. By Frank Schultz, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1411 words, photos.
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman hired an artist to paint a mural on her house. When Mary Burke bought her house on Madison’s south side last year, she saw its white, aluminum-sided walls and thought it needed something more. Burke had recently seen a mural painted by Jenie Gao. The mural resonated with her so much, she asked Gao if she could paint one on the side of her house. “Rest and Rejuvenation” would eventually span one side of Burke’s house. By Katelyn Ferral, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 690 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-OFFICER GETS FIT
KENOSHA, Wis. — A Wisconsin police officer has committed to fitness following a life-changing accident. While Kenosha Police Department Officer Desiree Farchione was teaching recruits, she fractured her spine in two places. For the next 2.5 months, Farchione had to be immobilized. The injury, she said, was a wake-up call. If she was able to recover, she pledged to herself that she would not take life for granted, including her health. By Deneen Smith, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 718 words, photo.
WRIGHTSTOWN, Wis. — A Wisconsin boy is adapting after losing his hand in an accident. Isaiah Lanphear knows a lot about resiliency. The fourth-grader lost his right hand five years ago in a lawn mowing accident. He has since had to relearn everything — from putting on socks to riding a bike. The process has had successes and frustrations. But none of those challenges seem insurmountable for a 9-year-old who lives by the motto “No excuses.” By Shelby Le Duc, Green Bay Press-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1102 words, photos.
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