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

September 14, 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. Steve Karnowski 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

MUSLIM WORKERS-DISCRIMINATION

DENVER — A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday. Cargill Meat Solutions, a division of Minnesota-based agribusiness company Cargill Corp., also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in accommodating Muslim employees’ prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan beef processing plant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. By James Anderson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-HEALING PRAIRIE

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Scott Leddy, 46, who lives in Rushford, said he grew up suffering from epilepsy. In his late teens, “I was really struggling, I was seizing almost every day.” An operation made the seizures worse. “I didn’t think I would live,” he said. Leddy began to walk on prairie. “I came to peace out here on the inside and the out because I was in peace.” Leddy began to heal. It took more than two decades, but he said he’s nearly free of the seizures. No medical tests prove he was healed by prairie, but he believes it. By Jon Weiss, Agri News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 771 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-PASTOR’S CANCER FIGHT

GILBERT, Minn. — The Rev. Nathan Lobb initially thought the power of prayer was the 61-year-old’s only hope for surviving Stage 4 cancer. But the longtime pastor who has much to live for, including a wife of 38 years, five children and 13 grandchildren (with one on the way), took a great big leap of faith recently after learning of an alternative cancer treatment available in Arizona. Lobb, of Palo, is now “very hopeful” the special care, in addition to spiritual assistance, will give him an improved chance of surviving the cancer. By Angie Riebe, Mesabi Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1130 words.

IN BRIEF:

COLD CASE-STRANGLED, HOSPITAL-VIDEOTAPING

SPORTS:

TWINS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Right-hander Ian Kennedy starts for the Royals against Jose Berrios and the Twins as they continue their four-game set. By Tod Palmer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m. CT.

PACKERS-RODGERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Will he or won’t he play? The Green Bay Packers may shed a little more light on quarterback Aaron Rodgers when they release the injury report for Sunday. Either way, backup DeShone Kizer will have to be ready for the Vikings. Upcoming: 500 words by 5 p.m. CT.

MIAMI (OHIO)-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Antoine Winfield Jr. is well on his way to matching his father’s football success. The son of the former Minnesota Vikings safety is playing the same position for the Gophers and quickly establishing himself as a team leader. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 5 p.m. EDT.

WILD-SUTER

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ryan Suter returns from season-ending ankle surgery, expecting to join the Minnesota Wild for the first practice of training camp. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 5 p.m. EDT.

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