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

March 1, 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. Amy Forliti 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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MINNEAPOLIS_ A judge on Friday rejected requests to use a former Minneapolis police officer’s silence and a pre-hiring psychological exam against him at his trial in the 2017 shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. Mohamed Noor, 33, goes on trial April 1 on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and Australian-American who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Noor, who shot Damond when she approached his cruiser, was fired from the police force after being charged. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 490 words, photos. Developing.





OMAHA, Neb. _ A new report says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. SENT: 130 words. Developing.




ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Someone has been teasing Samantha. It didn’t matter that Samantha was a doll on the teacher’s lap. Cries of outrage filled the room: “Stop saying that!” ″No way!” ″Don’t worry _ your mom loves you!” Ross smiled and put the doll aside. It had performed its duties well _ teaching a rudimentary lesson to a receptive audience. By Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1167 words, photos.


WINONA, Minn. _ The scent of vinegar permeated Joseph Cynor’s classroom on a recent afternoon, and one of his eighth-grade students wasn’t shy about letting him know. “Are you guys complaining about my smell already?” Cynor joked as he entered the room and instructed everyone to pick up a pair of safety goggles. His class was about to undertake their most dangerous experiment yet: mixing vinegar and baking soda to determine the chemical composition that would produce the biggest explosion. By Madeline Heim, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 896 word, photos.


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MANKATO, Minn. _ When Devinder Malhotra was picked last year as the new chancellor of the sprawling Minnesota State school system, the former St. Cloud State Provost was heralded as a bridge builder with support from the Board of Trustees and faculty. That trust was welcomed by many following a pair of failed national searches for a new system leader to replace Steven Rosenstone, who retired in 2017 after a tenure marked by clashes with faculty unions. The board chose Malhotra, who had been serving as interim Chancellor, in March of last year. By Walker Orenstein of MinnPost. SENT: 1,330 words.





FORT MYERS, Fla. _ Right-hander Michael Pineda makes his first spring training game appearance for the Minnesota Twins after sitting out last season to recover from elbow surgery. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m. EST.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. _ It has been a learning process for Lindsay Whalen in her first year as coach of Minnesota. On and off the court, the rookie coach has been finding her way with a bit of help. “Practice and things like that, you can figure out what you like and how you want to run things,” Whalen said. “You always have to be thinking one more step ahead as a coach. You have to be prepared to answer any question at any time.” By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 920 words, photos.


The MLS season about to launch has plenty of players to keep an eye on in 2019. That includes Darwin Quintero and Osvaldo Alonso of Minnesota United. It’s time for the Loons to show up. They will move into their new stadium in April. They’ve added one of the best defensive midfielders in the league in Osvaldo Alonso. Now it’s on Quintero to be the leader of Minnesota’s offensive attack that will need to give fans something to get excited about at Allianz Field. By Tim Booth. SENT: 595 words, photos.


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