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

March 30, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

UNIVERSITY-PEACE CORPS

MADISON, Wis. _ The University of Wisconsin-Madison continues to be the top in school in the country for producing Peace Corps volunteers. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that it’s the third year in a row that UW-Madison has sent more graduates than any other U.S. university to serve in the volunteer program. The school sent 75 graduates this year to provide technical assistance to those in need in countries across the world. SENT: 325 words.

JAIL PHONE CALLS

MADISON, Wis. _ A new study says some county jails in Wisconsin are charging well over the national average for prisoners to make phone calls to family members and lawyers. The Prison Policy Initiative released a report last month that shows some Wisconsin county jails are charging up to $22 for 15-minute phone calls. The nonprofit’s spokeswoman tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the state’s jails average about $8 per 15-minute phone call, compared to the nationwide average around $5.61. SENT: 400 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.

IN BRIEF:

APARTMENT FIRE-14 RESCUED, STARVING COWS.

SPORTS:

CARDINALS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers continue their riveting season opening series. The Brewers won the first game on Lorenzo Cain’s home run-stealing catch in the ninth the day before new Cardinal Paul Goldschmidt homered three times to even it at a game apiece. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:10 p.m. CDT.

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