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

February 21, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

SOMALIA KIDNAPPING-US CHARGES

MINNEAPOLIS _ A U.S. citizen has been charged with kidnapping and other counts for his alleged role in the abduction of a freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for nearly three years. According to a criminal complaint, Abdi Yusuf Hassan and others conspired to kidnap the journalist in January 2012, and demanded $20 million in ransom. The hostage was released in September 2014. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

OBIT-ARGENTO

NEW YORK _ Dominick Argento, the 1975 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, had died at age 91. Argento died Wednesday in Minneapolis, according to Carol Ann Cheung, a spokeswoman for his music publisher. SENT: 210 words.

UNIVERSITY-RENAMING BUILDINGS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A University of Minnesota task force has recommended changing the names of four Twin Cities campus buildings because of what it deemed their namesakes’ racist or anti-Semitic practices. Some students on campus have voiced concern about erasing university history by renaming buildings; others have questioned if such a move is worth the possible cost. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-MINNESOTA, WINTER WEATHER-UPPER MIDWEST, MAPLEWOOD STANDOFF

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-KUBIAK

EAGAN, Minn. _ Gary Kubiak was expected to return to the sideline this season as Denver’s offensive coordinator, but after that spot with the Broncos fell through he landed in Minnesota with some of his long-time associates with the aim of helping the Vikings produce a stronger offense in 2019. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. CT.

WILD-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ The slumping Minnesota Wild, who have lost five in a row but are still in a tight race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, face the New York Rangers. Forward Ryan Donato is expected to make his debut for Minnesota after being acquired in a trade with Boston. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CT.

BKC-MICHIGAN-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ No. 7 Michigan, trying to stay in first place in the rugged Big Ten, travels to play a Minnesota team that could use another signature win to stay in the NCAA Tournament picture. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKW-MINNESOTA-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 8 Maryland seeks to retain a share of first place in the Big Ten in a matchup with surging Minnesota, which has won six straight. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BIG TEN THIS WEEK

It’s finally here: The first of two late-season matchups between Michigan State and Michigan is this coming weekend. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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