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AP-SD--South Dakota News Digest 1:30 pm, SD

November 15, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in South Dakota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Jeff Baenen 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

THUNE-LEADERSHIP

South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune has climbed to the second-highest rung on the Senate Republican leadership ladder with a promotion to majority whip. Thune had served in the No. 3 leadership post as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference since 2012. A term limit for majority whips forced Texas Sen. John Cornyn out of the job. Thune ran unopposed for the position and was elected by his Senate colleagues. SENT: 260 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PRESIDENTIAL TURKEY

HURON, S.D. — The White House’s annual Thanksgiving turkey was presented to the public on Wednesday, in advance of its trip to the nation’s capital and a likely pardon. Two South Dakota birds will be packed in a sport utility vehicle on Saturday and driven 1,400 miles to Washington, D.C., arriving Sunday at a five-star hotel. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

BANKERS SURVEY, DOLLAR LOAN LOSES LICENSE, GIRLS ABUSED, LATE LAWMAKER HONORED, SOLDIERS RETURN, CROP REPORT

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have a chance to tighten their grip on the NFC North lead and show just how far they have come when they host the defending division champion Minnesota Vikings in a primetime showdown for first place on Sunday. It’s been a long time since the Bears have been in a spot like this. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words. Eds: Moving for weekend use.

VIKINGS-ADJUSTING DEFENSE

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota’s defense was vulnerable in the first quarter of the season, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and his staff and players have successfully made the adjustments they needed to get the group back on a dominant track. The Vikings have allowed an average of 252.8 yards over the last four games. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

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VIKINGS-BEARS PREVIEW CAPSULE

CANUCKS-WILD

The Vancouver Canucks, 1-2-2 on a six-game road trip, make their final stop of the trip in Minnesota, where the Wild are 5-1-2 at home. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

NORTHWESTERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — With the Big Ten West title wrapped up, No. 24 Northwestern could coast through the final two games, but coach Pat Fitzgerald isn’t having it. The Wildcats play this week at Minnesota, where the Gophers need one more win for bowl-game eligibility. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 1 p.m. EST.

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NORTHWESTERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW CAPSULE

BIG TEN-TOP FRESHMEN

MINNEAPOLIS — Freshmen make up over half of Minnesota’s roster, a teenage wave that has predictably ebbed more than it’s flowed this season. But the Gophers have clearly found some first-year standouts, and they’re sure not the only team in the Big Ten to do so. Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez and Purdue’s Rondale Moore lead the list of the conference’s top rookies. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

BIG TEN-THIS WEEK

This season has been plain weird for the Buckeyes with all the off-field distraction and uneven on-field performances. Yet they’re still in line to play for the Big Ten championship if they take care of business at Maryland and win “The Game” against Michigan for the seventh straight year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 525 words, photos.

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