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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

KLOBUCHAR-MEDICAL DEVICES

MINNEAPOLIS _ In her more than two terms as a U.S. senator representing Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar has built a reputation as an effective champion for consumer safety, sponsoring bills that improve swimming pool safety, ban lead in children’s products and tackle the nation’s opioid crisis. “Consumers deserve products that have been tested and meet strong health and safety standards,” her website declares. By Amy Forliti of The Associated Press and Spencer Woodman of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. SENT: 1,965 words, photos.

BUDGET FORECAST

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Slowing economic growth and a deepening shortage of workers has shrunk Minnesota’s projected budget surplus to just over $1 billion, administration officials said Thursday, leaving lawmakers nearly $500 million less to work with as they begin assembling the state’s next two-year budget. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500-600 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A Minnesota judge is due to consider several pretrial motions at a hearing Friday for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the 2017 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Damond was shot as she approached the officer’s cruiser minutes after calling 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home. The motions include one by prosecutors seeking to use the former officer’s silence against him. Meanwhile, defense attorneys want to keep the jury from seeing a psychological evaluation of the officer before he was hired. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give producers enough time to sell crops and livestock and to give them more flexibility in timing interest payments for tax filing purposes. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PICKUP GAME-FATAL SHOOTING, FLIGHT DIVERTED

SPORTS:

TIMBERWOLVES-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers will try to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday night when they host Minnesota. The Pacers are still third in the Eastern Conference. The Timberwolves have lost six of 10 and are trying to fight their way back into playoff contention in the West. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

MINNESOTA-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. _ Slumping Minnesota looks to snap out of it against the Big Ten’s last-place team when it meets Northwestern. The Golden Gophers have dropped two in a row and six of seven after losing at Rutgers on Sunday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

TWINS-RAYS

Minnesota plays Tampa Bay at Charlotte Sports Park.

BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 9 Michigan probably needs to beat No. 17 Maryland on Sunday to keep alive its hopes for the Big Ten regular-season title. The Wolverines won round one against the Terps two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos

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