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

January 30, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

WINTER WEATHER

A blast of polar air envelops much of the Midwest, closing schools and businesses and taxing infrastructure across the Rust Belt. The system threatened to bring the lowest temperatures in a generation and snapped rail lines and canceled thousands of flights in the nation’s third-largest city, which was as cold as the Arctic. Heavily dressed repair crews hustled to keep water mains and gas pipes in working order. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. UPCOMING: 900 words with photos and video by 4 p.m.

With:

WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST, WINTER WEATHER-XCEL ENERGY, WINTER WEATHER-MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE, WINTER WEATHER-NUMBERS, WINTER WEATHER-PHOTO GALLERY

AROUND THE STATE:

LEGISLATURE-OPIOIDS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota lawmakers and activists are making a push to require drug companies to pay more of the costs of dealing with the opioid crisis. A House committee had its first hearing Wednesday on a bill to require manufacturers and wholesalers that sell or distribute opioids in Minnesota to pay registration fees as high as $500,000. It’s a different approach than the “penny a pill” legislation that stalled out last year amid industry opposition. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

HUMAN SERVICES-DATA BREACH, FATAL SHOOTING-ST. PAUL

SPORTS:

GRIZZLIES-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Timberwolves, struggling to make up ground in the Western Conference race, host the Memphis Grizzlies. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

ILLINOIS-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Illinois plays Minnesota at Williams Arena, with the Gophers aiming to avenge a season-worst 27-point loss to the Illini earlier this month. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

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