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

January 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.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

WALZ-COMMISSIONERS

HASTINGS, Minn. _Gov.-elect Tim Walz names state Sen. Tony Lourey to take over Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, an agency responsible for nearly one-third of the state’s spending. Walz also promotes Sarah Strommen, an assistant commissioner, to lead the DNR and retains Jan Malcolm as health commissioner. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: 600 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELLISON

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Keith Ellison says prescription drug prices, student debt and housing costs will be among his top priorities when he’s sworn in next week as Minnesota’s attorney general. Ellison told Minnesota Public Radio that the community listening sessions he’s already held in Duluth and Albert Lea, and one planned for Thursday night in Minneapolis, are giving him insights into how best to approach those issues. SENT: 305 words.

ANONYMOUS ISSUE ADS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota campaign finance officials may push to require political groups to name donors who pay for issue advertisements that don’t directly advocate for or against a candidate or issue, which one supporter says would close the state’s biggest election disclosure loophole. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board will consider the proposed changes Thursday. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

PLANE FLIPS, INVASIVE INSECT-DECORATIONS, HOLIDAY SHOOTING, HIGHWAY DEATHS, GOLF COURSE FIRE

SPORTS:

WILD-LEAFS

The Minnesota Wild visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. _ Minnesota plays No. 22 Wisconsin at Kohl Center.

BIG TEN-THIS WEEK

No. 8 Michigan State rides a seven-game win streak into its game at No. 14 Ohio State, the highlight of the weekend schedule in the Big Ten. By Eric Olson. 600 words, photos.

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