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

November 23, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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

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TOP STORY:

GENITAL MUTILATION

MINNEAPOLIS — Human rights advocates are shocked a federal judge has ruled that a law protecting girls from genital mutilation is unconstitutional, calling it a serious blow to the rights of girls in the U.S. But legal experts say the judge also made clear that states have the authority to ban the practice, something that 27 states do. It’s not yet clear if the federal government will appeal the ruling stemming from a Michigan case in which a doctor and others were accused of conspiring to commit genital mutilation against nine girls. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 700 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-OFFICER HELPS HOMELESS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul police officer is helping homeless residents. The day after city officials shut down a homeless camp near Cathedral Hill, St. Paul police officer Dean Koehnen is finding the campers again. It’s part of his job. Koehnen is there to make things go smoothly — or at least a little less rough — for his acquaintances. Some of whom he’s known for years. By Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1016 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-VINE CRUSADE

WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota residents are tackling a killer vine with handsaws and herbicides. Anne Morse, Winona County’s sustainability coordinator, is leading efforts to eradicate a vine called Oriental bittersweet before it takes down more of the region’s trees. The invasive vine is known for its red-orange berries and aggressive behavior. By Jerry Olson, Minnesota Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOUSE EXPLOSION, POLICE CHIEF ACCUSED, DRIVER ACCUSED, FRAUD SENTENCE

SPORTS:

MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN PREVIEW

MADISON, Wis. — It’s time for the annual rivalry game for Paul Bunyan’s Axe between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The rivalry has been pretty one-sided with the Badgers having won 14 straight in the series. But Wisconsin isn’t taking this week lightly, and coach Paul Chryst’s team is also looking to get star running back Jonathan Taylor across the 2,000-yard plateau for the season. Minnesota is 5-6, so an upset would not only end the losing streak but make the team bowl eligible. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 800 words.

PACKERS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings are still very much alive in the chase for the playoffs, but as the two rivals meet to break their tie from earlier this season they’re surprisingly behind the Chicago Bears in the division race. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, by 2 p.m. CT.

PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Packers secondary that has been shuffled by roster turnover and injuries must now face the Vikings’ dangerous passing game. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. CT.

JETS-WILD

The Winnipeg Jets visit the Minnesota Wild, the first meeting this season between the Central Division rivals that met in the playoffs last spring with the Jets winning in five games. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, phots. Game starts at 3 p.m. CT.

TIMBERWOLVES-NETS

NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Brooklyn Nets. Developing.

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