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

January 4, 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. Amy Forliti 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

WALZ COMMISSIONERS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Gov.-elect Tim Walz names Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington as the public safety chief in his incoming administration. Walz on Friday also said he’s keeping two more commissioners from Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration: Cynthia Bauerly at the Department of Revenue and Mark Phillips at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. Walz is almost done filling his administration. SENT: 100 words. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-SOMALI WOMEN-CANCER SCREENINGS

MINNEAPOLIS _ University of Minnesota researchers have partnered with a Minneapolis mosque to address alarmingly low rates of cancer screenings in the Somali community. Misconceptions and cultural barriers often keep people from seeking prevention. Dar Al-Hijrah has held workshops, presentations and conversations with focus groups to better understand why some fear the testing, especially for treatable cancers like early stage breast cancer. By Riham Feshir, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 802 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHURCH FLIPPER

MINNEAPOLIS _ Neither heights nor tight spaces nor buckets of bat guano can stand between a Minnesota pastor and his vision to transform derelict churches into beautiful places of worship. Rev. Paul Marzahn has done it three times now _ a little country church in Waterville; a 125-year-old church in Minneapolis; and a 150-year-old church in Inver Grove Heights _ and he’s already got a fourth property in mind. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,488 words, photo.

EXTRA

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LEGISLATURE-RURAL HOPES

MINNEAPOLIS _ When groups representing rural Minnesota interests released their wish lists for the 2019 legislative session, some of the items looked familiar: a boost in funding for the Local Government Aid program, proposals to generate housing, more money for broadband expansion. Yet while the issues might not be new, some of the players at the Capitol are, including Gov.-elect Tim Walz, the former U.S. congressman from Mankato whose campaign theme — “One Minnesota” — heartened some rural leaders who have long felt left behind by the Twin Cities metropolitan region. By Gregg Aamot of MinnPost. SENT: 1,555 words.

IN BRIEF:

SENATE-SPECIAL ELECTION, NERF WARS LAWSUIT, ESCAPED INMATE, FATAL FIGHT, TWO PEDESTRIANS KILLED

SPORTS:

MAGIC-TIMBERWOLVES

The Orlando Magic make the third stop on their six-game road trip in Minnesota, where the ailing Timberwolves return home with the status of three of their top five scorers in question. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

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