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TOP STORIES:

DEEP FREEZE-PACKERS FOOTBALL

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Comparisons to the legendary 1967 Ice Bowl are inevitable when the mercury dips below zero at Lambeau Field. But even if temperatures sink to minus-13 on Sunday, modern technology will ensure fans are warmer than their predecessors. By Dinesh Ramde and Genaro Armas. SENT: 670 words, photos.

GENETICALLLY ENGINEERED CROPS-DEREGULATION

MILWAUKEE — The federal government proposes allowing commercial sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many farmers but worrisome to scientists and environmentalists who fear that it could invite growers to use more chemicals on crops. The herbicide known as 2,4-D has had limited use in those crops because it becomes toxic to the plants early in their growth. The new seeds would allow farmers to use the weed killer throughout the plants' lives. By M.L. Johnson. SENT: 950 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

WINTER WEATHER-COLD SNAP

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A man found on a sidewalk outside his Milwaukee home Friday died of hypothermia resulting from bitterly cold temperatures that were expected to plunge even further over the weekend, officials said. SENT: 330 words, photos.

TAX REFORM

MADISON, Wis. — A newly released video shows Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch asking business leaders for ideas on tax cuts, saying, "We want to know how we can love you more." The Wisconsin State Journal obtained video of the closed Dec. 9 meeting in Beloit through an open-records request. The meeting, which was hosted by Kleefisch and state Revenue Department Secretary Rick Chandler, was closed to the public until it was nearly over. About 30 executives, accountants and other business leaders attended the session. They argued for lower taxes and more financial incentives for commercial interests. SENT: 360 words.

EXCHANGE-WHEELCHAIR CURLING

WAUSAU, Wis. — Matt Hass has spent a lot of time on the ice. That's a fairly common statement for the average 15-year-old student-athlete in central Wisconsin. But much of Matt's ice time has come in his hockey sled, and now in his wheelchair as part of the Wausau West curling team. By Andrew Ernst, Daily Herald Media. Photos. SENT in ADVANCE for weekend use, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 4-6.

EXCHANGE-POCKET WATCH REPAIR

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Watch parts and small tools were spread across the top of Bob Witzack's 100-year-old oak watchmaker's bench in the upstairs studio of his rural Rock County home. An antique lamp and natural sunlight combined to light his workspace. Collecting and repairing old pocket and wristwatches is a hobby of this 65-year-old retired railroad engineer who is drawn to life of a bygone era. By Shelly Birkelo, The Janesville Gazette. Photos. SENT in ADVANCE for weekend use, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 4-6.

IN BRIEF:

AGENT INVESTIGATION, TEACHER-STUDENT ASSAULT, BRIDGE CLOSURE-WISCONSIN, WISCONSIN MINE-TEST BORINGS, BAR SHOOTING-WAUSAU, WATERFORD FIRE, WHOOPING CRANES, TURKEY HUNT

SPORTS:

49ERS-PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A third opponent is making an unwelcome visit to Sunday's NFC wild-card game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Both teams will have to overcome bone-chilling cold weather to move on in the playoffs. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 790 words, photos.

ALSO:

PACKERS-PLAYOFF TICKETS

NFL FINES

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