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BC-MN--Minnesota News Digest 1:30 pm, MN

April 5, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Minnesota. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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IMMIGRATION-MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota House Democrats are making a push to allow all state residents to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status. At a news conference ahead of Friday’s floor debate, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said immigrants — whether they’re documented or undocumented — are Minnesotans. He pointed out that all Minnesota residents could get licenses until 2003. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. Developing. AP Photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman is quizzing potential jurors about decision-making in high-stress situations. Mohamed Noor is charged with murder in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot the dual Australian-U.S. citizen when she approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible assault near her home. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

COLLEGE ADMISSION-TESTS-BRIBERY

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The most brazen abuses of standardized testing in the college bribery scandal could be chalked up to security lapses: the ringer hired to take the SAT, the proctors paid to look the other way, the accommodations for extra time obtained through false diagnoses of disabilities. But the scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed their children’s way into top schools also has highlighted deeper concerns about the fairness of using SAT and ACT tests. The University of Minnesota Crookston is among schools that don’t use them for admission. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 930 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-PRISON INMATES-DEGREES

STILLWATER, Minn. _ Since he was sentenced for assault three years ago, Christian Burch has edited the prison newspaper, tutored fellow inmates and sold graphite portraits he drew while earning an art certificate. His next goal is a bachelor’s degree in communications, which he expects to receive through Ohio-based Ashland University shortly before he is released in 2021. By Josh Verges, Twin Cities Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 513 words. AP Photos MNPAU201-0328191329, MNPAU203-0328191330, MNPAU202-0328191330.

EXCHANGE-UNIVERSITY-MAKERSPACES

MINNEAPOLIS _ From sewing machines to 3D printers, makerspaces at the University of Minnesota provide students with a vast array of opportunities for creation and collaboration, and the Minnesota Student Association is pushing to make them available to more students. Makerspaces are workshops that provide tools and equipment used to build projects and encourage hands-on learning. MSA drafted a resolution that asks the university to form a committee dedicated to funding makerspaces that are unrestricted by school or major. By Niamh Coomey, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 573 words.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL HOUSE FIRE, OFFICER ASSAULTED, STOMPING DEATH

SPORTS:

TWINS-PHILLIES

Nick Pivetta takes the mound for the Phillies and Jake Odorizzi goes for the Twins in the opener of a three-game interleague series. By Rob Maaddi.

HEAT-TIMBERWOLVES

The Miami Heat, in a tight race for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

FINAL FOUR-INJURED STARS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Under different circumstances Joshua Langford might have had a throng of reporters around him as he sat in front of his locker at U.S. Bank Stadium, two days before Michigan State plays in the Final Four. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 925 words, photos.

FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-MICHIGAN ST

MINNEAPOLIS _ Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly. The Final Four’s second semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words. AP Photos.

FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS _ Top-seeded Virginia faces Auburn in the Final Four Saturday in classic matchup of slow versus fast. The Cavaliers play a methodical brand of basketball. The Tigers are frenetic. The winner will play for the NCAA tournament championship. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos, by 4 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN STATE-HOIBERG

MINNEAPOLIS _ Jack Hoiberg passed up a Division I golf scholarship to join Michigan State’s storied program as a walk-on. Next season, his father, Fred Hoiberg, will be an opposing coach in the Big Ten with Nebraska. The Hoiberg family has quite the rich history in the sport. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, by 5 p.m. EST.

FINAL FOUR-DEFENSES-HOW THEY WORK

MINNEAPOLIS _ Virginia’s Final Four run is built around a sound defensive scheme that frustrates even the best offenses. And Texas Tech earned its trip with a tough-minded edge that led to defensive efficiency not seen in years. Their presence in Minneapolis is the biggest reason that this is such a defensive-minded Final Four, even if their approaches vary in getting those low scores and shooting percentages. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 800 words and photos by 6 p.m. eastern.

FINAL FOUR-BIG TEN FOOTPRINT

MINNEAPOLIS _ It’s been nearly two decades since the Big Ten won a national championship. But even if Michigan State is unable to end that drought this weekend, the team that emerges will have a coach who has followed the Big Ten blueprint. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. CT.

FINAL FOUR-DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable _ it was already happening. America’s favorite sports had turned into video games, where 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-flying offenses ruled football and the days of slow, boring games like your grandfather watched were a thing of the past. Then, the Super Bowl happened. And March Madness. And now, America’s sports fans are faced with what seems again like a novel concept: Defense wins championships. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words. AP Photos.

FINAL FOUR-DEFENSIVE MASTERMIND

MINNEAPOLIS _ Coaches are notorious for borrowing principles from other coaches. Texas Tech’s defensive philosophy comes from one unique mind: assistant coach Mark Adams. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MINNEAPOLIS _ Duke freshman Zion Williamson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson made headlines with his highlight-reel dunks and athleticism. He was the runaway choice for the award, claiming 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 800 words and photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

FINAL FOUR

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