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AP-MN--Minnesota News Digest 6 pm, MN

February 1, 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. Dave Kolpack is on the desk, to be followed by Gretchen Ehlke at 6 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

DRIVER’S LICENSE SYSTEM

ST. PAUL, Minn. —Minnesota officials overseeing the bungled rollout of the state’s new license plate and tab registration system said Wednesday they need another $43 million to make critical fixes, potentially ballooning the project’s cost to nearly triple its original estimate. Dubbed MNLARS, the new platform was meant to replace a nearly 40-year-old mainframe that millions of Minnesota residents use, from renewing license plates and tabs to processing title transactions and more. By Kyle Potter. SENT: 490 words.

SUPER BOWL:

SUPER BOWL-ALAN PAGE-EXHIBIT

MINNEAPOLIS — An iron collar that kept slaves in bondage. A branding iron that marked human beings as someone’s property. A photograph of black babies captioned as “alligator bait.” A fine china plate with gold lettering that says, “KKK ‘God Give Us Men.’” They’re among the artifacts of slavery and segregation collected by NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and his wife, Diane Sims Page. They went on display this month in time for Super Bowl visitors and the thousands of other people expected to flock to downtown Minneapolis for the festivities. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-TAFOYA’S TIME

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Michele Tafoya will be on the sideline reporting for NBC at her fourth Super Bowl, this time in Minnesota where her decorated career got a jump start nearly a quarter-century ago and she now calls home with her family. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 6 p.m.

SUPER BOWL- ERTZ & ERTZ

Julie Ertz has a world championship and Player of the Year honors in her sport. So she’s already got an edge on husband Zach — that is, if they were competitive. She says the athletic couple doesn’t really try to one-up each other all that much. “Maybe in board games,” she says with a laugh.Julie and Zach are currently the sporting world’s “It” couple. Julie is a midfielder for the World Cup-winning U.S. national soccer team, while her husband Zach is a tight end for the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles. The joke is that they both play football, just different kinds. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-SIDE HUSTLE

MINNEAPOLIS — From efforts to launch a cat into Instagram fame to offers to unravel yarn for an art project, Minnesotans who aren’t part of the Super Bowl itself are using the draw of the game to promote their own ventures. SENT: 550 words.

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SUPER BOWL-SECURITY

AROUND THE STATE:

KOREAN ADOPTEES-OLYMPICS

When Megan Olson lands in South Korea for the Winter Olympics next week, she’ll feel something that is both surreal and vivid. An intoxicating sense of belonging. A deep sense of loss. Pride, for the motherland she barely knows after being secretly adopted away. The 33-year-old social worker from Minnesota is joining dozens of fellow South Korean adoptees who are returning to their birth country for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

POLICE DOG ATTACK-LAWSUIT

MINNEAPOLIS — A man attacked by a police dog while handcuffed during an arrest near Minneapolis has filed a federal lawsuit. The suit alleges the man’s constitutional rights were violated and that the officer handling the K-9 was improperly trained. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

GOP TRAIN ACCIDENT-LEWIS, BAGS OVER HEADS, NURSING HOME DEATH, GAS LEAK-MINNEAPOLIS, MAN KILLED-OFFICERS INVOLVED, ONLINE GAME CHEATING, WOMAN KILLED-MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

SPORTS:

SUPER BOWL-PATRIOTS-GLUE GUYS

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Patriots have always had a knack for getting production out of late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents. From Tom Brady to Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola to James White, the list is long and distinguished. This season in no exception with previously unknown players like 2011 seventh-round draft pick Lawrence Guy and Ricky Jean Francois, a seventh-round pick in 2009, both making key contributions on the defensive line. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m. ET

SUPER BOWL-LOOSE EAGLES

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson traded dog masks for wrestling masks. These underdog Eagles aren’t afraid of the Patriots. They’re loose, having fun and won’t be intimidated. Pro Football Writer By Rob Maaddi. 600 words by 7 p.m.

SALUTE TO SERVICE AWARD

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. —Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Roberts has won the 2017 Salute to Service Award. Roberts, whose parents served in the U.S. Army and is widely engaged in military appreciation events with the Falcons, will be recognized at NFL Honors on Saturday night, when The Associated Press announces its individual league award winners. SENT: 500 words.

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SUPER BOWL-GOODELL, SAINTS-VIKINGS-SPORTSMANSHIP

Also:

S ILLINOIS-JERRY KILL

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