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

December 20, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

POLYMET MINE

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

WALZ-COMMISSIONERS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz has named three more members of his cabinet. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. AP Photos planned.

LEECH LAKE LAND

MINNEAPOLIS _ A measure moving through Congress would return nearly 12,000 acres of land to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. If approved, the measure would reverse a land seizure by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and give 11,760 acres back to Leech Lake. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL, CARGILL-MALT BUSINESS, DRUG OVERDOSES-SENTENCE

IN SPORTS:

VIKINGS-LIONS PREVIEW

DETROIT _ Minnesota tries for a season sweep of Detroit this weekend, and the Vikings can wrap up a playoff spot if enough things break right for them. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. CT. For weekend use.

WILD-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins look for their second win in as many nights when they host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 6 p.m. CT.

IN BRIEF:

MLS OPENERS

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