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

May 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORY:

PENCE-TRADE

FARGO, N.D. _ As President Donald Trump seeks to pressure China into a trade deal that suits the U.S., Vice President Mike Pence is rolling into the Midwest to tout the administration’s North American trade deal. Pence was due to visit a dairy farm and a steel supplier in Minnesota on Thursday. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 630 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

LEGISLATURE-DRUG PRICES

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota lawmakers are trying to get their hands around skyrocketing drug costs and the complex pharmaceutical industry that sets the prices. Bills have been introduced to tackle the problem, from anti-price gouging efforts to new reporting requirements for drug companies when prices suddenly spike. Nearly all those bills are tucked into House and Senate budget bills and are heading into the final negotiations of the 2019 session. SENT: 445 words.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING PLANE-MINNESOTA, BANK ROBBERY

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