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

January 10, 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. Jeff Baenen 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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

TOP STORY:

LEGISLATURE-CELLPHONES

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota may soon require drivers to use hands-free cellphones on the road, impose tougher penalties on people who text and drive, and treat distracted drivers who cause injury or death the same as drunken drivers. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

RETAIL SALES-STORES

NEW YORK _ Unemployment hasn’t been so low in years, wages are rising, consumer confidence is high and gasoline is cheap, all creating high expectations for department stores this holiday season. That’s not what investors got in sales numbers released Thursday. Target outpaced rivals but led investors to wonder whether price cuts eroded its profits. Target’s stock fell 1.6 percent before the opening bell. SENT: 515 words, photos.

With:

RETAIL SALES-STORES-THE LATEST

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota executives, home buyers and small business owners are starting to see more delays following the first full week of business since the partial federal government shutdown began. With one in five mortgages in Minnesota backed by government agencies, home buyers ineligible for conventional mortgages are stuck in limbo amid the standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

FIRE DEATHS-MINNESOTA, POLICE SHOOTING-VIRGINIA, FOSTER CARE-FAMILY RIGHTS, SENATE-SPECIAL ELECTION

SPORTS:

JETS-WILD

The Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets, who’ve scored 12 goals in their last two games, visit rival Minnesota to take on the Wild, who return home from a four-game road trip. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

AMERICAN CUP

Grace McCallum is getting a showcase at the American Cup. The youngest member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won a gold medal at the 2018 world championships headlines the field for the annual exhibition, which will be held March 2 at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. The 16-year-old McCallum, from Isanti, Minnesota, will be joined by 2018 U.S. junior champion Leanne Wong, who will be making her senior debut at the first major elite event of 2019. By Will Graves. SENT: 535 words.

WNBA MOCK DRAFT

NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BIG TEN-THIS WEEK

Wisconsin hosts Purdue on Friday night in a matchup between two of the top players in the Big Ten _ Ethan Happ and Carsen Edwards. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

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