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

February 23, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

WISCONSIN BUDGET-UW SYSTEM

MADISON, Wis. _ Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, set to release his two-year proposed spending plan on Thursday, gives The Associated Press a preview of the higher education portion of the plan. By Todd Richmond. EMBARGOED by source for release at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

AROUND THE STATE:

DAIRY FARMERS-TRUCKING COSTS

MADISON, Wis. _ A new report says Wisconsin dairy farmers are facing higher trucking costs as an oversupply of milk continues to strain the market. The Upper Midwest Federal Milk Marketing Order released a report this month showing the average cost to haul 100 pounds of milk in Wisconsin was 24 cents in 2018, a 40 percent increase from 2017. Agricultural economist Corey Freije tells the Wisconsin Public Radio that last year’s unusual jump is an indication that dairy farmers have lost their market power. SENT: 280 words.

EXCHANGE-WALKING SCHOOL BUS

MILWAUKEE _ On an unseasonably warm February morning, 11 children — some quiet and sleepy-eyed, some chipper and chatty — followed Regina Stieber along Milwaukee sidewalks wet with melting snow. Two days per week, Lincoln Avenue Elementary School’s “walking bus” picks up students on a set route and makes sure they get to school safely. Stieber, Lincoln’s community school coordinator, along with special education teacher Sue Sauerberg and her 18-year-son, make the mile walk each Monday while two other Lincoln teachers lead the “bus,” which is actually a supervised procession of walkers, on Fridays. By Caitlin Sievers, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1040 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-VETERANS VIDEO PROJECT

JANESVILLE, Wis. _ They were sitting ducks. Two young men crawling across a minefield — one with a missing foot, the other a medic with six weeks of first-aid training and a bag of crude battlefield medicine. Exposed and moving across a field of schu-mines, the medic helped the wounded man crawl back to safety. That was Germany, 1945. The story of those two young men has now been recorded 74 years after that incident as part of a Janesville Leadership Academy project, “Through the Eyes of Rock County Veterans.” By Catherine W. Idzerda, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 813 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER-UPPER MIDWEST, POLICE SHOOTING-MILWAUKEE, FRATERNITY HAZING SUSPENSION, OTTERS IN MILWAUKEE

SPORTS:

TIMBERWOLVES-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks, winners in nine of their last 10, host the Minnesota Timberwolves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

WISCONSIN-NORTHWESTERN

VANSTON, Ill. _ Ethan Happ and No. 22 Wisconsin try to make it eight wins in 10 games when they face struggling Northwestern. The Badgers beat Illinois on Monday after back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. Northwestern has lost seven straight and is tied for last in the Big Ten with Penn State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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