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

May 17, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

LEGISLATURE

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate is prepared to pass a measure to prevent a state government shutdown if legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz can’t agree on a budget deal. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-BOXING-BEHAVIOR

MINNEAPOLIS _ During his daily classroom rounds, Morgan McDonald looks for early signs of tension among students at Lucy Laney Elementary School. Check-ins with teachers are one way McDonald, a student support specialist, tries to head off fights at the north Minneapolis elementary school. McDonald, also a certified boxer, coach and official, used to keep a punching bag in his office. He discovered that some kids would only open up about what was bothering them after they put on boxing gloves and took out their aggression on a punching bag. By Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 984 words.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING HISTORY TEACHER

HASTINGS, Minn. _ Spencer Johnson’s stories are like train cars _ colorful, interesting, constantly moving and somehow all connected. The 61-year-old history teacher sat in the cafeteria of Hastings Middle School on a recent Tuesday and talked about his 39 years of telling stories to students. He’ll be retiring at the end of the school year. By Deanna Weniger, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 639 words, photos.

EXTRA:

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COMMUNITY SOLAR-LEGISLATURE

MINNEAPOLIS _ On an overcast day, a small crowd gathered at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North Minneapolis to extol the virtues of Minnesota’s community solar gardens program. Since the Legislature approved it in 2013, the solar garden initiative has created a vast market of the renewable energy. People who can’t install panels on their own can buy a piece of a shared solar plot to fight climate change — and to get credits to decrease their Xcel Energy bill. By Walker Orenstein of MinnPost. SENT: 1,690 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOTEL STANDOFF, PRISON-PROSTITUTION RING, OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS-MINNESOTA.

SPORTS:

TWINS-MARINERS

SEATTLE _ Martin Perez looks to improve to 6-1 when the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins face the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Marco Gonzales starts for Seattle, also seeking his sixth win. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. UPCOMING: 700 words.

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