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BC-MN--Minnesota News Digest, MN

February 19, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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



A “Make America Great Again” hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker may say remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls to reduce the potential for confrontations or voter intimidation. But that could change as the result of a Supreme Court challenge. By Jessica Gresko. Photos.



ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday with a long list of work, and not much time to tackle it. The Legislature will discuss big-time tax code revisions, opioid abuse prevention efforts and possible constitutional amendments on the November ballot. By Kyle Potter. SENT: 820 words.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new tentative contract agreement between a Minnesota school district and its teachers would increase support staffing for some students and boost teacher wages, but it leaves many of the demands union leaders pushed for at the bargaining table unfulfilled. A tentative agreement gives St. Paul teachers a one percent pay increase each year on top of scheduled raises for years of experience and education. SENT: 320 words.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The founder of a thriving Twin Cities startup company is providing guidance to other black tech entrepreneurs in overcoming a dysfunctional home life on the path to success. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Clarence Bethea founded Upsie, a technology company. SENT: 320 words.


NEWPORT, Minn. — A Minnesota woman has written a children’s book. Ara Elizabeth was out of town on a business trip when she found herself in the presence of something unexpected: free time. After scrolling through social media and seeing how angry and sad it was, she was inspired to write a book. By Molly Guthrey, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,331 words.


ROCHESTER, Minn. — What if schools had access to inexpensive, rugged microscopes that every student could take home to experiment with in the woods, by a pond or in their backyard? That’s the question that led a local science education group and a Rochester business to create a high quality “lunch box” microscope that costs $250 instead of the typical $2,000 to $5,000. By Jeff Kiger, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 745 words, photo.





FORT MYERS, Fla. — Miguel Sano reports to spring training with the Minnesota Twins, ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workouts. There’s hardly a position player on the team with more natural talent, but there’s nobody on the roster with more question marks given the MLB investigation into an alleged assault and his recovery from shin surgery. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words.


MINNEAPOLIS Freshman Destiny Pitts scored 20 points, hitting 6 of 11 from 3-point territory, and sophomore Gadiva Hubbard had 22 points as Minnesota went deep, beating No. 10 Maryland 93-74 on Sunday. Kenisha Bell had 21 points as the Gophers (21-6, 10-4 Big Ten) shot 14 of 24 on 3s and earned their second straight victory at home against a Top 25 opponent. By Brian Hall. SENT: 500 words.


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