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

November 16, 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. Steve Karnowski 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

CONGRESS-WOLVES

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 430 words, photos.

MINNESOTA GOVERNOR-BACK SURGERY

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s governor says he suffered lung damage while recovering from back surgery, keeping him at the Mayo Clinic for more than a month. Gov. Mark Dayton underwent two spinal fusion surgeries last month to improve his leg strength and had been expected to be released from the hospital within days. SENT: 250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRUMP-MEDAL OF FREEDOM

WASHINGTON — Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian, but is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the nation’s most powerful Republican donors. She gets to add a new title Friday when President Donald Trump honors her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The other recipients include Alan Page, who was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court after an NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 810 words, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Sign-ups on Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange are lagging behind last year’s pace, and state officials think the unusually busy open enrollment period for Medicare health plans is to blame. SENT: 330 words.

TURKEY SALMONELLA

NEW YORK — Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. The recall was the first — not counting pet food — tied to a widespread and ongoing outbreak that has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states. SENT: 280 words.

WANDERING KINDERGARTENER

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul kindergarten teacher has been suspended after one of her students, just 5 years old, was found wandering nearly a mile from the elementary school. SENT: 225 words.

EXCHANGE-LAST PATROL

ST. PAUL, Minn. —A retiring St. Paul police officer went on his last patrol with the son of a fallen officer. After patrolling St. Paul’s streets for 32 years, officer Jon Sherwood had a special request for his last day on the job. He asked officer Matt Jones to join him in his squad car. They weren’t usually police partners, but their lives have been intertwined. Jones’ father, officer Tim Jones, was a mentor and friend to Sherwood. By Mara H. Gottfried, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 642 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-WWII FLYER

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A Minnesota veteran recalls serving as a navigator in WWII. Every Wednesday at the 8th Air Force Historical Society lunch for veterans, the seats are filled with women and men like 94-year-old James Rasmussen of East Bethel. Rasmussen was 20 years old when he joined the 349th Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group at the end of 1944 near the end of WWII. He’s tall, energetic, and willing to talk about his service. By Gabriel Kwan, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 630 words, photos.

EXTRA:

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CLIMATE CHANGE-WOMEN

CHICAGO — “Chicago is the coldest place I’ve ever been,” said Jing Hu, who came from southern China to do her postdoctoral work in materials science at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. So she is “excited and terrified” about spending three weeks in Antarctica, among almost 100 women in STEMM fields who were recently announced as fellows in the Homeward Bound program to raise awareness of climate change and promote the role of female scientists, engineers and other experts in addressing it. By Kari Lydersen of Energy News Network. SENT: 1,340 words.

IN BRIEF:

GOVERNOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE, HOMELESS CAMP-ST. PAUL

SPORTS:

BLAZERS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS — The Portland Trail Blazers, who lost the first contest on their six-game road trip, move on to Minnesota, where the Timberwolves are 6-1 at home and 2-0 after the Jimmy Butler trade. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

NORTHWESTERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — With a spot in the Big Ten championship game secured, Northwestern has entered a strange pressure-free stretch of this already memorable season. No matter what happens for the 24th-ranked Wildcats in the next two games, at Minnesota and against Illinois, they’ll represent the West Division in Indianapolis on Dec. 1 against either, gulp, Michigan or Ohio State. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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