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BC-MN--Minnesota News Coverage Advisory 8:30, MN

December 19, 2018

Good morning. Here’s how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Minnesota. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Doug Glass at (800) 552-7250 or (612) 332-2727 or apminneapolis@ap.org.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

SOUTH DAKOTA-POLLING PLACE-ATTIRE

PIERRE, S.D. _ South Dakota voters would be allowed to wear political clothing and buttons while casting their ballots under a bill set to be debated during the state’s upcoming legislative session. GOP Sen. Stace Nelson, the bill’s main sponsor, said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year striking down Minnesota’s broad restrictions on voters wearing “political” hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, provided “the needed boost” to roll back South Dakota’s law. By James Nord. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m.

FINIAL HEIST-ST PAUL

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ A golden ball swiped from the top of the conservatory at St. Paul’s Como Park has been returned _ gift wrapped in giant Christmas stocking. Officials say someone scaled the 64-foot-tall Marjorie McNeely Conservatory over the weekend and stole the finial from atop the building’s dome. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 260 words.

SOIL CONFERENCE

FARGO, N.D. _ Farmers who are looking for innovative ways to keep their soil healthy are gathering at a sold-out conference in Fargo. A new focus in the soil health movement encourages farmers to stop tilling the soil and plant cover crops after harvest. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

MICHIGAN PIPELINE

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A recently established state panel could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday in St. Ignace, Michigan. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.

PISTONS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ Coach Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons, trying to recover from their six-game losing streak to start December, visit Minnesota where Casey got his first head coach job with the Timberwolves 13 years ago. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCO MING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

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