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

May 18, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORY:

LEGISLATURE-BUDGET

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Minnesota Legislature has reconvened with no budget deal in sight. Monday night’s adjournment deadline is coming up fast and talk is growing of the need for a special session. More closed-door talks are expected Saturday among Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and leaders of the Senate Republican and House Democratic majorities. The Senate remains poised to vote on a “lights on” bill to keep state government running at current funding levels if there’s no deal. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But historic spring flooding has left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. The interruption is hitting an agriculture industry that’s already suffering, including from trade disputes that have helped drive down commodity prices. By Margery A. Beck. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TWIN CITIES HOUSING

MINNEAPOLIS _ A new report using U.S. Census Bureau data shows the price of housing in the seven-county Twin Cities region is more expensive than cities like Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri. The MPR News reports that the Family Housing Fund study indicated the region is on a path to becoming as costly as Denver or Seattle. Family Housing Fund President Ellen Sahli says that 1 in 5 employees in the Twin Cities region pay over 30% of their income each month for a place to live. SENT: 380 words.

LIGHT RAIL PROJECT

MINNEAPOLIS _ Construction is underway for the $2 billion Southwest light rail line that will connect downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie. The Star Tribune reports that steel rails were delivered Monday near a future station in St. Louis Park. The Metropolitan Council’s 14.5-mile line will include 16 new stations and connect to other lines. The service, which will also link Hopkins and Minnetonka, is expected to begin in 2023. SENT: 300 words.

EXCHANGE-BOXING-BEHAVIOR

MINNEAPOLIS _ During his daily classroom rounds, Morgan McDonald looks for early signs of tension among students at Lucy Laney Elementary School. Check-ins with teachers are one way McDonald, a student support specialist, tries to head off fights at the north Minneapolis elementary school. McDonald, also a certified boxer, coach and official, used to keep a punching bag in his office. He discovered that some kids would only open up about what was bothering them after they put on boxing gloves and took out their aggression on a punching bag. By Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 984 words.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING HISTORY TEACHER

HASTINGS, Minn. _ Spencer Johnson’s stories are like train cars _ colorful, interesting, constantly moving and somehow all connected. The 61-year-old history teacher sat in the cafeteria of Hastings Middle School on a recent Tuesday and talked about his 39 years of telling stories to students. He’ll be retiring at the end of the school year. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 639 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

ANGLER KILLED.

SPORTS:

TWINS-MARINERS

SEATTLE _ The Minnesota Twins go for their fifth straight win on Saturday facing the Seattle Mariners. Jose Berrios starts for the Twins looking to improve to 7-2 on the season. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words

COLUMBUS CREW-MINNESOTA UNITED FC

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Columbus Crew plays at the Minnesota United FC.

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