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

April 6, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

AGRICULTURAL FLOODING

MOORHEAD, Minn. _ Some Minnesota farmers and rural residents near the Red River are preparing for floodwaters that could isolate them for days. Noreen Thomas is constantly monitoring the Buffalo River’s flow from her farm near Moorhead. Thomas tells Minnesota Public Radio News that the Buffalo River can rise quickly. Dry weather and a slow snow melt have tempered the flood risk, but residents must monitor for flooding in order to act quickly. The Red River separates Minnesota and North Dakota. SENT: 310 words.

UNIVERSITY-RENAMING BUILDINGS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The University of Minnesota’s year-long debate over whether to rename buildings with ties to administrators who promoted racist policies has reached a standoff as several Board of Regents members oppose the idea. The Minnesota Daily says some regents are criticizing a task force’s recommendations to scrub four buildings of their namesakes. The group called for the buildings to be renamed because of the administrators’ involvement in upholding segregation and surveillance of students. SENT: 340 words.

POLLUTION CLEANUP-MILESTONES

MADISON, Wis. _ Two of Wisconsin’s most polluted Great Lakes sites are marking cleanup milestones. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the state Department of Natural Resources no longer designates the Lower Menominee River and the St. Louis River as impaired. Impairment designations indicate the area has experienced environmental degradation. DNR says the Lower Menominee River could be the first Wisconsin site cut from a list of most contaminated Great Lakes sites. SENT: 360 words.

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:

BOULDER HITS CAR, SPRING FLOODING-RED RIVER VALLEY, SPRING FLOODING-HAY DONATION, CONGRESSWOMAN THREATENING CALL ARREST.

SPORTS:

FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, faces fifth-seeded Auburn in a contrast of styles for a spot in the NCAA Tournament championship games. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:09 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN ST-TEXAS TECH

MINNEAPOLIS _ In a battle of top defenses, Cassius Winston leads Michigan State into a Final Four matchup against Jarrett Culver and Texas Tech. The Spartans, under coach Tom Izzo, can play a rough brand of ball. The Red Raiders have the best defense in a generation. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-SHINY PEARL

MINNEAPOLIS _ There is a sheen that accompanies Auburn coach Bruce Pearl because, well, he sweats. Quite a lot. But while his antagnosists would call it the sheen of slime from all his run-ins with the NCAA, those closest to him insist it’s merely the shimmer of success. By Dave Skretta. SENT 700 words, photos.

HALL OF FAME

MINNEAPOLIS _ NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Also selected this year were WNBA great Teresa Weatherspoon, NBA players Al Attles, Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bobby Jones and Paul Westphal, NBA coach Bill Fitch, the Tennessee A&I men’s teams from 1957-59 and the Wayland Baptist University women’s team. They will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 6. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 300 words. Developing.

TWINS PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Michael Pineda (0-0) makes his second start for the Twins and Jake Arrieta (1-0) goes for the Phillies. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

WILD-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars finish the regular season against Minnesota, their first-round playoff opponent still unsettled as they try to secure the one point Dallas needs for the top wild-card spot in the West. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

MINNESOTA UNITED FC-NY RED BULLS

NEW YORK _ The Minnesota United FC plays at the NY Red Bulls.

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