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

May 5, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 ABORTION

MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin Republicans are making a new push to curtail abortion in the state with an eye toward the 2020 elections. Republican legislators introduced four bills designed to curb abortion. The most prominent is a measure that would require doctors to care for children born alive during abortion attempts. The bills have almost no chance of getting past Democratic Gov. Tony Evers but Republicans are working to energize their base heading into next year’s elections. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 830 words. Also sent in advance.

AROUND THE STATE:

FARM RUNOFF PROGRAM

MADISON, Wis. _ The Wisconsin county home to Madison plans to spend $750,000 this year in a pilot program that pays farmers to plant cover crops in an effort to curb runoff from heavy rains and snowmelt. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Dane County is encouraging farmers to apply for grants in its continuous cover program through May 31. Farmers participating in the trial program will have to set aside at least half an acre of land for 15 years. SENT: 350 words.

EXCHANGE-REPLANTING A FOREST

RACINE, Wis. _ Sue Rickert from Caledonia said she’s the “green nut” recruiting her husband and coworkers for events like WeedOut! Racine’s tree planting in Colonial Park. In fact, she’d been to the same spot two years earlier when WeedOut! organized a group to pull mustard garlic. That section of Colonial Park was ravaged by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that lays eggs in the bark crevices of ash trees. When the larvae hatch, they feed on the tree under the bark, eventually killing the tree. By Christina Lieffring, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 368 words.

EXCHANGE-FIFTH-GRADER’S CANCER STORY

WALWORTH, Wis. _ Sophia Stewart can describe her journey from cancer to wellness through bead necklaces. While the fifth-grade student at Walworth Elementary School was getting treatment for leukemia, she received beads of courage from health care professionals to mark every step of the way. Black ones symbolized “pokes,” when Sophia had blood tests or shots. White ones symbolized chemotherapy. Sophia has 24 beads that mark the number of spinal taps she had to endure. By Chris Schultz, The Journal Times. SENT: 950 words.

IN BRIEF:

OVERDOSE DEATHS-MILWAUKEE

SPORTS:

METS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ The Milwaukee Brewers send Zach Davies to the mound to face Jason Vargas of the New York Mets. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:10 p.m. EDT.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WAITING GAME

More than 200 of the world’s top female players are choosing not to play professional hockey in North America this year in an attempt to establish an economically viable professional league. That means many players are now figuring out what to do with their time. Sitting out means not practicing or playing games. How to stay in shape is something still to be figured out. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 935 words, photos.

TIPOFF

For Milwaukee and Golden State, the scenario is simple: WIn a road game Monday, and go home up 3-1 in their respective series. For Boston and Houston, it’s equally simple: Defend home-court Monday, or else stare into the abyss. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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