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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

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AROUND THE STATE:

MINNESOTA LOBBYING

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A new report shows a Canadian oil pipeline company spent $11 million last year lobbying leaders in Minnesota, where the company is fighting to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline despite opposition from tribes and environmentalists. State campaign finance data released this week show nearly all of Enbridge Energy Partners’ lobbying money was used advocating before the Public Utilities Commission. It marks the second consecutive year the company has outspent all other groups lobbying in the state. SENT: 345 words.

BAY CONTAMINATION

SUPERIOR, Wis. _ The city of Superior has agreed to join a roughly $18.5 million project to remove contaminated sediments from Howards Bay in order to improve shipping and restore fish and wildlife habitat. Wisconsin Public Radio says the Superior City Council approved agreements Tuesday to work with federal, state and private partners on the bay dredging project. A Wisconsin environmental official says the bay is contaminated with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are cancer-causing compounds. SENT: 420 words.

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ Flooding concerns are starting to ease in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, but experts warn that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the threat could persist for months. Rainfall and some snowmelt spurred flooding blamed in three deaths so far, with two men in Nebraska missing for more than a week. But as temperatures start to warm, snowmelt in the Dakotas and Minnesota will escalate, sending more water down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries. By Jim Salter. SENT: 585 words.

EXCHANGE-OPERATION GLASS SLIPPER

EDINA, Minn. _ After playing fairy godmother to more than 10,000 girls over the past decade, Pam Philipp is packing away her magic wand. Since 2007, the founder of Operation Glass Slipper and her legion of volunteers have made prom dreams come true for underprivileged girls by providing them with dresses, shoes and accessories _ all free of charge. But midnight is striking. A “princess event” at Southdale Mall in Edina will be the nonprofit’s last, not because the program has waned in popularity but because Philipp and her core group of nine volunteers are getting on in age or are battling health problems. By Nancy Yang, Minnesota Public Radio News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 939 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CUSTOMIZING SPECIAL ED COURSEWORK

ROCHESTER, Minn. _ Tammy French, an autism special education teacher at Bishop Elementary School, put blue filters on the overhead fluorescent lights in her classroom. Her students are sensitive to light, she said. A small table is placed to discourage running in the space. Everything in the classroom is curated to help her teach her class of six kindergarteners through second-grade students with severe autism. By John Molseed, Post Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 485 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

SPRING FLOODING-DELANO, POST OFFICE RELOCATED.

SPORTS:

NCAA-MINNESOTA-MICHIGAN STATE

DES MOINES, Iowa _ Michigan State, which hasn’t advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2015, plays Minnesota with a spot in the East Region semifinals at stake. It’s the first time since 2000 two Big Ten teams have squared off in the tournament. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts about 7:45 p.m. EDT.

WILD-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Nino Niederreiter faces off against his old team when he leads the Carolina Hurricanes against the Minnesota Wild. Niederreiter has thrived in the two months since the Wild traded him to Carolina. By Kyle Glaser. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

TIMBERWOLVES-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Memphis Grizzlies are back home and host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 650 words photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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