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

August 3, 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. Amy Forliti 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

MINNESOTA GOVERNOR

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republicans Jeff Johnson and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty square off in the first public debate as they vie for the party’s nomination in an open race for governor. By Kyle Potter. UPCOMING: 550 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ELDER FRAUD

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new state law that took effect this week gives bankers and financial advisers some new tools to report suspicious activity tied to the accounts of potentially vulnerable seniors In Minnesota. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-RECYCLABLES PLAYGROUND

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota playground is full of projects created by children and teens using recyclables. Adventure Playground at Leonardo’s Basement is a creative spin on the traditional playground. Instead of rigid play structures like slides and swing sets, everything the eye takes in is the product of a child’s imagination. Scrap materials like PVC pipes and pieces of wood are scattered all over the playground, waiting for a child with a creative spark. By Gabriel Kwan, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1209 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-AGILE RABBITS

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — Minnesota kids have trained rabbits to participate in a county fair agility course. Some of the bunnies bumbled. Some of rabbits raced. And all of about 25 hopped through an agility course at the Stearns County Fair last month. Four years ago, the kids who knew the most about rabbits in Stearns County formed its first 4-H rabbit agility project. Student handlers guided their rabbits through different obstacle courses depending on the number of years the rabbit has competed. By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 441 words, photos.

EXTRA:

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INN-MUSLIM CANDIDATES

There are has been a surge in the number of Muslim candidates running for elected office in Minnesota this year. Yet many have encountered prejudiced comments in the course of campaigning. What’s unusual is that it hasn’t stopped so many from jumping in to the effort anyway, vying for offices as varied as Congress, the Legislature, city government and public school board. By Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost. 1200 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

ROCK RESCUE, MINNEHAHA COUNTY FATAL, 3D GUNS-MINNESOTA

SPORTS:

ROYALS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins start a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, with Jake Odorizzi taking the mound for the home team and Heath Fillmyer pitching for the visitors. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

BLAINE, Minn. — The final 3M Championship begins at the TPC Twin Cities Course, with defending champion Paul Goydos and local favorite Tom Lehman among the senior golfers vying for the last crown before the tournament joins the PGA Tour in 2019. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 7 p.m. EDT.

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