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TOP STORY:

SENATE-MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota voters are far more familiar with former lieutenant governor and current Democratic Sen. Tina Smith than Republican state Sen. Karin Housley, according to a poll released Wednesday. UPCOMING: 300-40 words by 3 p.m.

IMMIGRANT-SLAYING

MINNEAPOLIS — A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in Minnesota before slashing his own throat re-entered the U.S. illegally after being deported in 2012, federal authorities said Wednesday. Fraider Diaz-Carbajal, 35, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the Aug. 12 death of Enedelia Perez Garcia, 27, who died in his apartment in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 515 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EARNS-TARGET

MINNEAPOLIS — Heavy investments in stores and its online operations are paying off at Target, which reported strong numbers across the board in the second quarter. Sales at stores opened at least a year, a key measure for a retailer's health, rose 6.5 percent, the strongest growth in 13 years. Traffic in stores and online rose 6.4 percent, the strongest showing since 2008 when it first started releasing that information. By Anne D'Innocenzio. SENT: 415 words, photos.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING-MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An affordable housing task force appointed last year by Gov. Mark Dayton is recommending broad changes in funding, technology and regulation to meet a statewide demand for affordable housing. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300-350 words.

IN BRIEF:

TEEN DROWNS, FATAL CHASE CRASH

SPORTS:

TWINS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox wrap up a two-game series against Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.

VIKINGS-ILOKA

EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed seventh-year safety George Iloka, a former pupil of coach Mike Zimmer when Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings added Iloka on Wednesday, three days after the Bengals released him to make way for second-round draft pick Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

SEAHAWKS-MINNESOTA CONNECTION

RENTON, Wash. — When the Seattle Seahawks looked to bolster the interior of its defense in the offseason, it looked to Minnesota for the help. The Seahawks signed former Vikings defensive linemen Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen. They are likely to get their most extensive action of the preseason on Friday against their former team. UPCOMING: 550 words. By 4 p.m. PT.

LYNX-SPARKS

LOS ANGELES — Chelsea Gray scored 26 points, helping the Los Angeles Sparks beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 75-68 Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the WNBA playoffs. It was the fourth straight year Los Angeles and Minnesota have met in an elimination playoff game — with each team winning the past two WNBA championships. The Lynx hadn't been eliminated in the first round since 2004. SENT: 290 words, photos.

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