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

May 3, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The city of Minneapolis will pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit over a police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime. Mayor Jacob Frey announced the settlement Friday, three days after a jury convicted Mohamed Noor of murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia had called 911 to summon officers to a possible rape in the alley behind her house. SENT: 130 words. Developing. AP Photos.

ELECTION 2020-KLOBUCHAR

CHICAGO _ Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 710 words, photos.

CHINA-TYCOON ALLEGED RAPE

BEIJING _ For three years, Chen Chun published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media. More recently, the writer in southern China has focused on the country’s growing #MeToo movement. He drew attention to several sexual assault cases, and collected money for victims’ families. Yet it was only after Chen advocated support for Jingyao Liu, a woman who accused online shopping giant JD.com founder Richard Liu of rape in Minnesota, that his account was permanently shut down. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 815 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

STAY AWAY PAY

MINNEAPOLIS _ A TV station reveals that Minnesota and local governments have been shelling out millions of taxpayer dollars to public employees to stay away from their jobs while they’re being investigated for allegations of misconduct, wrongdoing or crimes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

EXCHANGE-ELDERLY FRIENDLY HOMES

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Even though most seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, it isn’t always easy _ especially for those facing mobility issues. But organizations like Habitat for Humanity are helping make existing homes more senior-friendly. Pat Lund is the manager for the Age in Place Initiative of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Lund says most of the home modifications are low cost but have a big impact, such as installing hand-held showers and adding extra lighting. By Peter Cox, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 565 words.

EXCHANGE-MUSHROOM FARM’S FUTURE

MINNEAPOLIS _ Fans of fresh mushrooms have been flocking to an unlikely spot in Minneapolis for their fungi fix in recent years, but a proposed redevelopment of the site has the farm’s founder worried he may have to shut down. Mississippi Mushrooms, which supplies top restaurants, is tucked away in an old warehouse at the Upper Harbor Terminal on the banks of the river in north Minneapolis. The city plans a $200 million redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal, and the warehouse Mississippi Mushrooms calls home is slated for demolition. By Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 796 words.

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MINNESOTA 2020

MINNEAPOLIS _ Excitement over wide-open Republican and Democratic presidential primaries brought 320,000 Minnesotans, or about 8% of eligible voters, out to pick presidential candidates on a cold March night in 2016. Such a showing would be abysmally low for a presidential election in Minnesota, when voter turnout routinely tops 70%. But it’s a really big showing for a caucus. So big that it overwhelmed some of the state’s precinct locations with hour-long lines, and, in some cases, not enough ballots. By Greta Kaul of MinnPost. SENT: 1,250 words.

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CENTERPOINT REFUNDS

SPORTS:

TWINS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Minnesota (19-10) takes baseball’s best record into the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, where the Twins are 14-50 since 2002 _ including the postseason. James Paxton (3-2, 3.38 ERA) pitches for New York against Kyle Gibson (2-0, 4.88), who is 1-5 with a 6.86 ERA in eight starts against the Yankees. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

VIKINGS-ROOKIES

EAGAN, Minn. _ Austin Cutting became the first Air Force player drafted in 20 years, when the Minnesota Vikings took the long snapper in the seventh round. Pursuing a pro football career isn’t so simple, though, with required military service to be sorted out first for Cutting. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WHAT’S NEXT

Meghan Duggan need only look around sports to get excited about what an NHL-run women’s hockey league might look like. The NBA did it with the WNBA. Soccer leagues in Europe and the U.S. have done it. And that was enough for the 2018 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning captain and more than 200 fellow players to take a leap of faith by pledging not to play in North America this year to try to get to the point where there’s a single, economically viable professional league. By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 925 words, photos.

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