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

December 28, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

SEVERE WEATHER

A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept away cars and forced dozens of water rescues. In northern New England, a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain added up to make for dangerous driving Friday for post-holiday travelers. Much of the Dakotas and part of Minnesota were under a blizzard warning after many areas got a foot of snow or more Thursday. By John Seewer. SENT: 575 words, photos.

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WINTRY WEATHER

MINNEAPOLIS _ A powerful winter storm that caused whiteout conditions and treacherous roads in parts of the Upper Midwest is blamed in at least three fatal accidents, officials said. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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WINTRY WEATHER-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Attorneys for a former Minneapolis officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last year have asked to inspect the police vehicle from which the shot was fired. Mohamed Noor’s lawyers asked for access to the SUV on Friday because the moon will be in the same phase as it was on the night in July 2017 when he shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond. SENT: 375 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-DOGGIE DAY CARE

DAKOTA, Minn. _ With the energy and rambunctiousness of a puppy, 5-year-old Alice, a pit bull-hound mix, bounded after a tennis ball bouncing across a padded floor at Paws 24/7 doggie daycare. With her tail wagging vigorously, she snatched up the ball and hightailed it through the padded room, out an open door, and down a long padded hallway. Alice has seemingly endless space to run. And she’s certainly enjoying it. The reason? The daycare found the right home, one that doggie daycare owners Mark Woida and Jim Gross — both in real estate — would likely say has a key attribute: “location, location, location.” The two started their new doggie daycare in a vacant school in Dakota that has been empty for three years. By Tesla Mitchell, Winona Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 772 words.

EXCHANGE-PINK PISTOLS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ There’s a dead, stuffed fox guarding the entrance and guns and ammo hanging on nearly every inch of the walls at Bill’s Gun Shop in Circle Pines. In the background, there’s the regular “pop-pop” sound of a gun firing. Mark Steiger sits near the front door with his fingers clasped together in front of him, wearing a Golden Gophers shirt. He wants a friendly face to greet any of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender men and women he’s invited, who might not immediately feel the gun range is a safe space for them. By Briana Bierschbach, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1072 word, photos.

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STANDOFF FUGITIVE

SPORTS:

HAWKS-TIMBERWOLVES

The Atlanta Hawks, who have won their last two road games, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 12-5 at home this season. By Andres Ybarra. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

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