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It now appears that the battle over the Farm Bill will be fought in a House-Senate conference committee. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday he would not block passage of a new five-year series of U-S agricultural policies. The House could take up its version of the Farm Bill as early as Monday. Boehner said this week that he strongly opposes a market stabilization program for the dairy industry - which could order reductions in milk output when high supplies drive down prices.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Clete Thomas doubled in the tying run in the eighth inning and then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch as the Twins topped the Phillies 4-3 at Target Field. Thomas finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and Oswaldo Arcia was 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Twins, who will go for the three-game sweep on Thursday. Brian Duensing picked up the win in relief. Glen Perkins closed it out for his 15th save. Former Twin Ben Revere went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Philly.
Wisconsin's two golfers in the U-S Open are off to good starts this morning. Steve Stricker of Madison was one-under-par after five holes of his opening round at the year's second major. Jerry Kelly of Madison was at even-par into his third hole at the Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia. Ian Poulter was the early leader at three-under after three holes.
The new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks will bring in his own assistants. The team confirmed yesterday that Sidney Moncrief, Joe Wolf, Bill Peterson, Anthony Goldwire, and Chris Gilmartin have all been let go. Wolf - a former high school star from Sheboygan - spent five seasons on the Bucks' staff under head coaches Scott Skiles and Jim Boylan. Boylan was fired almost a month and a half ago, and former Atlanta coach Larry Drew was named to replace him. Gilmartin had been with the Bucks for 16 years, including 10 as a scout. He was promoted to the bench in January after Skiles left.
Alfredo Figaro won his first game since September of 2009, as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Marlins in Miami 10-1 last night. Figaro, who was brought in as a long reliever, pitched seven scoreless innings. He gave up three hits with no walks. And he struck out four, as he retired 17 straight Marlins at one point. Figaro was making his third start of the year, getting his first win since starting with Detroit four years ago. The Brewer offense scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. Jonathan Lucroy hit a three-run triple in that frame.
MADISON - After 20 minutes of debate this morning, Democrats screamed through a roll call vote on a bill that might force Appleton's Planned Parenthood clinic to close - and to make abortion candidates get ultrasounds so they could see what they were giving up. The bill passed on a 17-15 party line vote with all Democrats voting no and all the Republicans present voting yes. After the measure was debated yesterday, Democrats blocked the final vote until today.
DELEVAN - A Wisconsin wildlife group is offering a one-thousand-dollar reward, for information that could bring the killer of a snapping turtle to justice. The turtle died today. It was taken to the Pine View Wildlife Rehab center in Fredonia, but did not survive after a surgery. The DNR said a female turtle was looking for a place to lay her eggs - and she was apparently beaten to death with a golf club in a sand trap at the Delbrook Golf Club in Delavan. Officials said it happened between 7:30 and 9:30 on Monday morning.
The Nature Valley Grand Prix Pro Stage Bike Race is underway in locations across Minnesota. Executive Director David LaPorte says nearly 300 cyclists from around the world are competing in the five day schedule of events, including last year's male and female winners Tom Zirbel and Carmen Small, who have returned to defend their titles. LaPorte says spectators can watch the races as they wind through St. Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Stillwater, and Menomonie, Wisconsin. A schedule of events and race maps can be found at nature-valley-biciyle-festival.com
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Moorhead Police are investigating the death of an infant, but they believe it was simply a tragic accident. Officers were sent to a home last night a five-month old little girl was forgotten in her carseat in the back seat of a vehicle. Lt. Tory Jacobson says Christiana Sandstrom's father discovered her just before 8:30 last night and called 911.
APPLETON - Greenwood will play Lake Country Lutheran tomorrow for the Division 4 title at the state high school spring baseball tournament. Both schools advanced this morning by winning their divisional semifinals near Appleton. Greenwood pounded Wausaukee 11-1 in five innings. Lake Country Lutheran, in its first-ever state tournament, eliminated Potosi 12-0 in six frames. Potosi committed four errors, while Lake Country scored in the first two innings and the last two. B.J. Sabol threw a two-hitter and struck out 13 for Lake County Lutheran, which improved to 24-4.