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

April 7, 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. Blake Nicholson 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

STARTUP INCUBATOR

MINNEAPOLIS _ A new startup incubator at the University of Minnesota is helping researchers bring their inventions to market. Discovery Launchpad at the university’s Venture Center is working with a dozen startups to commercialize publicly funded research. The incubator launched in February and pairs researchers with advisers and partners to guide them through the process of starting a business. Many of the inventors involved are full-time faculty. SENT: 255 words.

EXCHANGE-FINDING DAIRY WORKERS

MILLVILLE, Minn. _Staci Sexton keeps busy at her dairy farm near Millville. “My dad, technically, kind of retired this year,” she said. “Mom’s not retirement age yet.” That means the bulk of the work on her dairy — her parents currently own 60% of the dairy operations on their 300-acre, 127-head dairy, and Staci owns 40% — falls to Staci and her youngest brother, Lance Sexton. Well, and her mom. And the “neighbor kid.” And that’s where the trouble looms, Staci Sexton said. An AP Member Exchange Feature By Brian Todd of the Post-Bulletin of Rochester. SENT IN ADVANCE: 660 words.

EXCHANGE-PINPOINTING EMERGENCY CALLS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. _ If Uber and Facebook can pinpoint the precise location of an individual, why can’t 911 That’s the question John Brosowsky, vice president of innovation at GeoComm, and his team at the St. Cloud-based geographic information system business are working to answer. An AP Member Exchange Feature By Jenny Berg of the St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 890 words.

IN BRIEF:

OWI CHILD ENDANGERMENT

SPORTS:

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE NBA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Monday’s national championship game features of a pair of potential NBA lottery prospects in Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver. They lack the one-and-done star power of a Zion Williamson or Deandre Ayton from the past two seasons, instead taking time to develop into stars for teams aiming to be first-time champions. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words and photos by 6 p.m. CT.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-CASH

MINNEAPOLIS _ Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech’s Matt Mooney has made quite a tour of college basketball, from mid-major to low-major to the pinnacle of the sport. And on the grandest stage at the Final Four, Mooney has been simply money. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. CT.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-GUY’S CONFIDENCE

MINNEAPOLIS _ Kyle Guy has been open about his battles with anxiety. Yet when the time came to hit pressure-packed free throws, the Virginia guard didn’t flinch and confidently hit the shots that sent the Cavaliers to Monday’s national-title game. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos by 6 p.m. CT.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE VIRGINIA CONNECTION

MINNEAPOLIS _ They are not Duke, North Carolina or Kansas. But when sorting through all the games and characters and events that helped shape college basketball into the billion-dollar colossus it is today, the name “Virginia” cannot be overlooked. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

MINNESOTA-PITINO EXTENSION

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino has agreed to a two-year contract extension, coming off his first NCAA Tournament win in six seasons with the Gophers. Once the deal is approval by the board of regents, Pitino will be under contract until 2024. He is 112-91 at Minnesota, with two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

WILD WRAPUP

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Wild’s streak of six straight trips to the playoffs has ended, putting coach Bruce Boudreau’s future in question and accelerating general manager Paul Fenton’s push to renovate the roster. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. CT.

SABRES-HOUSLEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ A dreadful second-half free-fall led the Buffalo Sabres with little choice but to fire coach Phil Housley, a Minnesota native, after his second year on the job. By John Wawrow. Sent: 850 words.

THUNDER-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Oklahoma City Thunder, trying to improve their positioning for the playoffs, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have beaten the Thunder in all three meetings so far this season. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:30 p.m. CT.

TWINS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Jose Berrios (1-0, 1.84 ERA) starts for Minnesota on Sunday and Zach Eflin (1-0, 0.00) goes for Philadelphia, as the Twins take on the Phillies. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 12:05 CT.

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