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

March 25, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

HOUSE-BUDGET

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota House Democratic leaders release their budget outline Monday. It’s expected to be similar to Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed budget. Senate GOP leaders will release their own budget outline Thursday. By Steve Karnowski. On merits from 1 p.m. announcement

CHILD CARE FRAUD

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota House Republicans unveil a plan for fighting fraud in the state’s Child Care Assistance Program, which was the subject of a critical legislative auditor’s report. By Steve Karnowski. On merits from noon announcement.

AROUND THE STATE:

SPRING FLOODING-NEWS GUIDE

Even as parts of the Midwest dry out from devastating flooding, the region is bracing for more high water as warm weather melts deep snow and forecasts call for widespread rain. Developing.

With: SPRING FLOODING-MINNESOTA

SCHOOL PROJECT-DONATIONS

OWATONNA, Minn. _ School leaders in Owatonna hope that a big show of support from the city’s business community will drive voters to approve a $116 million bond referendum to replace the district’s nearly century-old high school. The project’s price tag was $138 million, until three major employers stepped up with offers of $22 million in cash and materials. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

HEMP ISLAND

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ South Dakota is becoming an island in a country with widespread legalized industrial hemp, after Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill to legalize the crop. Surrounding states including North Dakota and Minnesota have already begun experimenting with hemp and have seen indirect benefits from sales tax and farmers having more money to pump into the economy. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

SENATE-SEXUAL HARASSMENT, WOMAN KILLED-CHILD ABDUCTED, TRUCK EXPLOSION-FINE, MICHIGAN STATE-COMMENCEMENT

SPORTS:

TWINS-LIVING WALL

MINNEAPOLIS _ The spruce trees planted behind center field were a hit with fans at Minnesota’s new ballpark when it opened in 2010, but when Twins hitters complained about the effect on their sightline at the plate, the evergreens were pulled after just one season. Nine years later, there’s a new solution with sea-green junipers planted in the batter’s eye. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 400 words, by 3 p.m. CT.

PREDATORS-WILD

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Nashville Predators, chasing the Winnipeg Jets in a tight race for first place in the Central Division, visit the Minnesota Wild, who are trying to hang on in the wild card chase. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

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