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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORY

GUN LAWS-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ A shift in the balance of power at the state Capitol boosts the odds of lawmakers passing bills to address gun violence during the upcoming legislative session. The Democratic takeover of the House will bring in new supporters of universal background checks and so-called “red flag” laws, which give families and police a legal path to temporarily remove guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others. The Senate, where the GOP maintains a one-vote majority, remains a question mark, though the chamber’s top Republican has signaled some openness. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 650 words, photo

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-HY-VEE-RESTORING NEIGHBORHOODS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Hy-Vee is flooding the Twin Cities with new stores, often preferring some of the most troubled locations. In city after city, officials have been delighted with the chain’s ability to repair the civic eyesores they have tried to fix for years. The stores produce a halo effect _ a growth zone stretching for blocks. Because of the store-locating strategy, Hy-Vee is generating more economic impact than the estimated $390 million for 15 stores it has built or planned. By Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 985 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-WOODWORKER’S EMOTIONS

STOCKTON, Minn. _ A Minnesota man is working through his emotions as he works with wood. Surrounded by the smell of cut wood inside a small, warm workshop, 65-year-old Dean McClenathan sat down at a scroll saw and gently pressed his foot to the pedal. McClenathan, owner of Owl’s Nest Woodcrafts, has been making intricate puzzles and intarsias _ a woodworking technique _ for more than seven years. By Tesla Mitchell, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 961 words, photo.

EXTRA

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INN-POULTRY GROWERS-SBA

Poultry growers, caught between strict rules and financial risk, lean heavily on government-backed loans _ despite questions of independence from big food companies. An analysis by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting of Small Business Administration loan data since 2010 shows that chicken farmers have borrowed nearly $3 billion to care for animals provided by companies that will be later processed into millions of pounds of meat. SENT: 2,900 words. By Christopher Walljasper of Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

SPORTS

DOLPHINS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Miami Dolphins visit the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, with both teams chasing wild-card berths in the playoffs in their respective conferences. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EST.

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