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

August 29, 2018

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.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

AMERICAN LEGION-WILKIE

MINNEAPOLIS — The new secretary of veterans affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won’t privatize his agency’s health care services even as it increases options for veterans to seek care in the private sector. Robert Wilkie, who was sworn in last month, also pledged better customer service as a result of the VA overhaul bill that President Donald Trump signed recently in response to the long waits for appointments and short-staffing that have plagued VA hospitals across the country. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 600 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MIDWEST STORMS

MILWAUKEE — An 11-year-old boy nearly drowned in a waterlogged Wisconsin drainage ditch before an eagle-eyed firefighter pulled him to safety after another round of storms pounded the southern half of the state. The Calumet County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was playing with friends in a flooded drainage ditch after the rains passed around 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Village of Harrison. He disappeared under the water and didn’t surface. SENT: 540 words, photos. Developing.

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MIDWEST STORMS-THE LATEST

ARMY AMMUNITION DEVELOPMENT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An eastern Minnesota county has approved a mixed-use development at a former ammunition plant on a large swath of suburban land that’s sat empty for more than 40 years. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

US STEEL-EPA CLEANUP

SPORTS:

TWINS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Now leading the AL Central by 14 games and headed toward another division title, the Indians continue their four-game series against Minnesota with Adam Plutko facing Twins right-hander Kohl Stewart. Game time 7:10 p.m.

VIKINGS PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins and the same Super Bowl aspiration, after coming within one win of the big game last season. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, by 1 p.m. EDT.

NEW MEXICO ST-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Zack Annexstad won the starting quarterback job at Minnesota as a true freshman. Now comes the hard part, trying to boost a lagging passing game for the Gophers. Annexstad’s debut comes on Thursday night in the season opener against New Mexico State. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 4 p.m. EDT.

USA BASKETBALL-HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball is expanding its men’s junior national team program, partnering with the NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association to bring about 80 high school players to training camps. SENT: 175 words.

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