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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

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

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TOP STORY:

PIPELINE PROTEST-DEFENSE

BAGLEY, Minn. — A Minnesota judge has dismissed charges against three climate change activists who tried to shut down two Enbridge Energy crude oil pipelines in northwestern Minnesota. Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany ruled Tuesday that the prosecution failed to prove its case, and threw it out before the protesters got the chance to present a novel “necessity defense” against the felony charges. The “valve turners” say the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that their actions were not only morally right, but necessary. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

MINNESOTA INFRASTRUCTURE

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s infrastructure, including its state’s roads, public transit, airports, wastewater systems and drinking water, has earned a grade of ‘C’ from an American Society of Civil Engineers report released Tuesday. The group said the state’s roadways are in poor condition, earning it a dismal ‘D+’ grade. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

KAVANAUGH-TEACHER TWEET, MOTHER KILLED-CHARGES, BANK CLOSING, KIDNAP-VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

SPORTS:

2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

MIAMI — The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 18 at new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Americans will play their second match four days later in Cleveland and close Group D play on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas, the governing soccer body of North and Central America and the Caribbean said Tuesday. SENT: 350 words.

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