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

July 9, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 — Relatives of a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police called for criminal charges against two officers Monday, saying they believe the killing wasn’t justified because he posed no threat while running away. Thurman Blevins Jr., 31, was shot and killed June 23 after Officers Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt chased him on foot for a few blocks into a north Minneapolis alley. By Youssef Rddad. SENT: 450 words, photos.





WILLMAR, Minn. — A couple died and a relative was critically injured when a car turned into the path of six motorcycles, hitting two, in central Minnesota, according the State Patrol. James Young Jr., 42, and Michelle Young, 44, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Saturday on Highway 23 northeast of Willmar. They were driving two of the bikes and were in the lead of six motorcycles out for a midday ride, the sister of one of the victims said. SENT: 290 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — State officials are working to sign up more landowners willing to permanently set aside farmland for conservation under a new Minnesota program that pays farmers to permanently set aside cropland to improve water quality. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins ace Jose Berrios pitches in the opener of a three-game series against Kansas City, with Danny Duffy taking the mound for the Royals. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.


NEW YORK — Sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better, the WNBA is learning as far arena sizes go. There has been a move over the last few years to downsize venues that will save franchises money and provide a more intimate experience for the fans. Only four of the 12 teams are still playing in current NBA arenas — Los Angeles, Minnesota, Phoenix and Indiana. When the league first started 22 years ago all the franchises were in NBA venues. Now WNBA teams are scaling back where they play. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. Games Monday include: Pelicans-Pistons, Pacers-Cavaliers, Hornets-Celtics, Bucks-Nuggets, Nets-Timberwolves, Raptors-Thunder, Wizards-76ers, Warriors-Mavericks, Magic-Suns, Clippers-Rockets. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Games start at 3 EST.


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