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

December 18, 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.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

KEILLOR COMEBACK

FRIDLEY, Minn. _ Garrison Keillor is stepping back into the spotlight a year after Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with the former “A Prairie Home Companion” host over a sexual misconduct allegation. Keillor performed two sold-out shows Sunday night at Crooners, a jazz nightclub in a Minneapolis suburb near where he grew up. Fans laughed, applauded and sang along. It’s a much smaller audience than the millions of listeners Keillor entertained weekly on his Saturday evening radio show. By Jeff Baenen. SENT: 745 words, photos.

WALZ-FIRST COMMISSIONERS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota Gov-elect Tim Walz is preparing to announce his first round of state agency heads who will serve in his administration. Walz and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan have called a news conference for Tuesday to announce the first out of 23 new commissioners. Walz’s transition team received over 500 applications for the leadership positions. By Steve Karnowski. On merits from 1 p.m. announcement.

UMINN-PRESIDENT

MINNEAPOLIS _ University of South Carolina Provost Joan Gabel has been named the first female president in the 167-year history of the University of Minnesota. The school’s governing board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a five-year contract for Joan Gabel. She’ll earn $640,000 annually. She’ll become the university’s 17th president next July 1. SENT: 260 words. AP Photo planned.

AROUND THE STATE:

HOG FARM-PERMIT DENIED

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has denied a permit for a large hog farm proposed for Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota. MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine says he denied the general permit for the Catalpa swine facility near Mabel because of the threat to public health in the geologically porous region. SENT: 295 words.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-TASK FORCE

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A task force convened by Attorney general Lori Swanson to review how police investigate rape cases issues its final report. On merits.

IN BRIEF:

WILDLIFE AREA-DONATION, HOG FARM PERMIT DENIED, FEDERAL RESERVE SHOOTING-PLEA, RESERVATION SLAYING-PLEA, FALSIFIED WARRANT, REPEAT DRUNKEN DRIVER, DARKHOUSE SPEARFISHING

SPORTS:

TWINS-MAUER

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7 jersey next season. The six-time All-Star retired after a 15-year major league career. The Twins surprised Mauer with the announcement while he was being celebrated at an all-student assembly at his alma mater Cretin-Derham Hall High School. Mauer will become the eighth former Twins player or manager with a retired number, joining Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven and Tom Kelly. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

SHARKS-WILD

MINNEAPOLIS _ The San Jose Sharks, who are on a four-game winning streak, visit the Minnesota Wild, who expect captain Mikko Koivu back in the lineup after a four-game absence due to injury. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

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