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

December 19, 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. Jeff Baenen is on the desk, to be followed by Amy Forliti at 5 a.m.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

ENBRIDGE ENERGY-LINE 3

MINNEAPOLIS _ Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota plan to file appeals with the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday, challenging the state Public Utilities Commission’s decision to grant a certificate of need for the project. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

SOUTH DAKOTA-POLLING PLACE-ATTIRE

PIERRE, S.D. _ South Dakota voters would be allowed to wear political clothing and buttons while casting their ballots under a bill set to be debated during the state’s upcoming legislative session. GOP Sen. Stace Nelson, the bill’s main sponsor, said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year striking down Minnesota’s broad restrictions on voters wearing “political” hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, provided “the needed boost” to roll back South Dakota’s law. By James Nord. SENT: 400 words.

FINIAL HEIST-ST PAUL

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A golden ball swiped from the top of the conservatory at St. Paul’s Como Park has been returned _ gift wrapped in giant Christmas stocking. Officials say someone scaled the 64-foot-tall Marjorie McNeely Conservatory over the weekend and stole the finial from atop the building’s dome. SENT: 260 words.

SOIL CONFERENCE

FARGO, N.D. _ Farmers who are looking for innovative ways to keep their soil healthy are gathering at a sold-out conference in Fargo. A new focus in the soil health movement encourages farmers to stop tilling the soil and plant cover crops after harvest. SENT: 300 words.

MICHIGAN PIPELINE

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A recently established state panel could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday in St. Ignace, Michigan. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.

GERMANY-REPORTER’S FRAUD

BERLIN _ An award-winning journalist who worked for Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s leading news outlets, has left the weekly magazine after evidence emerged that he committed journalistic fraud “on a grand scale” over a number of years, the publication said Wednesday. One item included a mention about a sign outside a Minnesota town. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 400 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

EARNS-GENERAL MILLS, COLD CASE-MINNEAPOLIS

SPORTS:

VIKINGS DEFENSE

EAGAN, Minn. _ Minnesota’s defense has been dominant down the stretch, and the Vikings have three Pro Bowlers on that side of the ball to show for it. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m. EST.

PISTONS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ Coach Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons, trying to recover from their six-game losing streak to start December, visit Minnesota where Casey got his first head coach job with the Timberwolves 13 years ago. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

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