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

February 15, 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. Ivan Moreno 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

IIHAN OMAR-TROUBLING TWEETS

MINNEAPOLIS _ As Ilhan Omar’s political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state senator’s home, they hoped to get a better sense of her views while expressing their concerns. Most came away dissatisfied by what they heard. By Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti. SENT: 1070 words, with photos, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

OPIOID POLITICS

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Supporters of bills to fight opioid abuse and addiction think they have the votes at the Minnesota Legislature to pass a comprehensive response to the crisis. By Peter Callaghan of MinnPost. SENT: 1881 words. FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019, AT 12:01 A.M. CST.

ITASCA SOLAR

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. _ The backers of a northern Minnesota community solar-plus-storage project are wary about the sudden involvement of their municipal utility’s power wholesaler. By Frank Jossi of Energy News Network. SENT: 1450 words. HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. CST. THIS STORY MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE 12:01 A.M. CST.

OF STATE INTEREST:

DEMOCRATS-LIBERAL LEAN

WASHINGTON _ What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing “economic transformation” to combat climate change. Gleefully waving goodbye to a big business — and its jobs. By Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1351 words, photos.

IN BRIEF: MINNESOTA MOSQUE BOMBING, COLD CASE-STABBING, TWO KILLED-MINNEAPOLIS, THREE DEAD-DEPUTY INJURED

SPORTS:

HKN--DEVILS-WILD

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The New Jersey Devils visit the Minnesota Wild, who have lost six of their last seven games. Their only win in that stretch was a win in New Jersey over the Devils. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.

BBA-TWINS-YOUNG CORE

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ The Minnesota Twins have guaranteed their first financial commitment to a player beyond 2019, signing right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to new five-year contracts with options to go longer as the front office tries to shape the core of a future contender. By Ken Powtak. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 3 p.m. EST.

TWINS-LONG-TERM CONTRACTS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Twins have locked up a pair of young position players for the long term by agreeing to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco. The contracts were announced Friday, a day after they were reached as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Florida. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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