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Wisconsin colleges warning students about spring break in Mexico

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Thousands of Wisconsin college students will soon head south for spring break and they're being warned about a surge of drug violence in Mexico.

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The University of Arizona has urged its 37,000 students not to head south of the border.

Wisconsin school officials won't go that far. But Marquette and University of Wisconsin-Madison officials plan to include a recent State Department travel alert in their information sessions about spring break.

Students at UW-La Crosse and St. Norbert in De Pere have received e-mails with the warning. St. Norbert says "Enjoy spring break ... do it safely."

Mexico's top prosecutor says 1,000 people have been killed this year in drug violence in that country.

But he said the worst was almost over, as major drug cartels settle into new turf.

Most killings have been close to the U.S. border, but there has been violence in the southern tourist areas of Cancun and Acapulco.

Medina Mora, Mexico's attorney general, says there's no major risk for students on spring break but it's always important that they behave.

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