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

March 18, 2019

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.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

LEGISLATURE-OPIOIDS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Minnesota House is due to vote on a bill to address the opioid crisis by making drug companies pay more of the costs. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: About 300 words from floor session beginning at 3 p.m.

LEGISLATURE-CELLPHONES

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Minnesota House is expected to pass a bill requiring motorists to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: About 400 words from floor session starting at 3:30 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

CASTILE SHOOTING-CRISIS KIT

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The mother of Philando Castile and the prosecutor who charged the officer who shot him have teamed up with others to develop a tool kit for law enforcement to use in times of crisis. Valerie Castile and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi spoke about the tool kit during an online video conference last week with about 70 law enforcement agencies and other groups. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

POLICE REPORTS-RESTRICTED ACCESS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Public access to about 275 St. Paul police reports was restricted by the department’s ‘lockdown’ policy from 2011 to 2018, which made the records invisible except to select police leaders and civilian supervisors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-MINNESOTA

SPORTS:

NCAA-MADE FOR TV

MINNEAPOLIS _ There’s always plenty of must-see matchups in the NCAA Tournament. The Minnesota-Louisville game in the first round pits Gophers coach Richard Pitino against the program he served as an assistant for under his dad, Rick Pitino, who has since been fired by the Cardinals. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 975 words, photos.

ALL STATE BOYS HOCKEY

MINNEAPOLIS _ Blaine forward Bryce Brodzinski is the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school boys hockey. SENT: 130 words. AP Photos planned.

With:

ALL STATE BOYS HOCKEY-LIST, ALL-BOYS HOCKEY-PAST POY

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