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AP-MN--Minnesota News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MN

February 12, 2018

Good morning. Here’s how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Minnesota. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Doug Glass at (800) 552-7250 or (612) 332-2727 or apminneapolis@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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



ST. PAUL, Minn. — An east suburban state Senate seat is up in a special election made necessary by a lawmaker’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations. Democrat Karla Bigham faces Republican Denny McNamara in a race that has implications for the balance of power in the chamber. By Kyle Potter. UPCOMING: 130 words by midday. Will be updated after polls close.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A detention hearing is scheduled for Monday for a Minneapolis woman who set several fires at a college campus in what she allegedly said was an act of jihad. Prosecutors said she set the fires months after she tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida. By Amy Forliti. Upcoming: 500 words.


MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of soybean and cotton farmers across the country are spending part of their winter undergoing mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer that’s been blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields. The training is being provided by Monsanto and other companies that make special formulations of dicamba designed to be used on new varieties of soybeans and cotton that are genetically engineered to resist the herbicide. The products give farmers a new weapon against invasive weeds that have become resistant to other herbicides, but haven’t totally solved the problem of pesticide drift. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: About 600 words.


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