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

June 8, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



MINNEAPOLIS — An apparent suicide by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, just days after designer Kate Spade’s, is renewing attention to Minnesota’s perennially cash-starved suicide hotline. It’s scheduled to shut down at the end of June after funding was the casualty of a dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers — just as the suicide rate has been rising. By Youssef Rddad. UPCOMING: 400-500 words by 2 p.m.



MINNEAPOLIS — Several University of Minnesota football players who were suspended after a student accused them of sexual assault in 2016 are suing the school. The players allege racial discrimination and their rights trampled. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A University of Minnesota report shows pregnancies and birth rates dipped to historic lows among Minnesota teens while sexually-transmitted diseases continue to climb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250-300 words.


MANKATO, Minn. —Two Minnesota high schools have new biomedical classrooms that give realistic experiences and college credit. East and West high students have spent researching a mannequin with a made-up disease. Grants from community supporters allowed Mankato Area Public Schools to launch a new Project Lead The Way biomedical sciences program this year. More than 160 students enrolled in the first yearlong class introducing them to human physiology. By Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 494 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS —A Minneapolis business owner says her take on soul food will be on display as part of Eat on the Avenue, a campaign to support startups and showcase the range of food options in the community. Wendy Puckett is the owner of Wendy’s House of SOUL. She says she hopes the campaign changes the perception of north Minneapolis from a high-crime area to a food destination. By Evan Frost, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 764 words, photos.


ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — A new documentary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has been made as it marks 50 years. In 1968, efforts to protect the St. Croix led to the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The documentary called “The Wild and Scenic St. Croix” is commemorating that action and to reinvigorate the commitment that led to the river’s protected status. The film debuted June 6. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,322 words, photos.





MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins send Lance Lynn to the mound to commence a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, who will start Garrett Richards in the opener at Target Field. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.


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