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

February 14, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

DRIVER REGISTRATION SYSTEM

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Minnesota’s legislative auditor says two state agencies must share the blame for the troubled rollout in 2017 of a new driver’s license and vehicle registration system. Thursday’s report says the $100 million and nine years devoted to developing the MNLARS system should have been enough. It blames leaders at the Department of Public Safety and Office of Minnesota Information Technology Services. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

AROUND THE STATE:

DONALD TRUMP DOG DEATH-MINNESOTA

A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn’t shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred “violent threats” against some county residents. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump the dog Sunday was “legally protecting their livestock” on private property. The shooter has not been identified. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 340 words. AP Photos planned.

FUGITIVE ELEVATOR MANAGER

MINNEAPOLIS _ A former grain elevator accused of stealing $5 million from a farm cooperative has a change-of-plea hearing. Jerry Hennessey is accused of spending the money on exotic hunting safaris, taxidermy, outdoor gear and credit card debt. UPCOMING: 300-400 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MINNESOTA DULUTH COACH-DISCRIMINATION, PRIEST ATTACKED, TWO DEAD-BIG LAKE, KIDNAPPED-RESTRAINED-PLEA

SPORTS:

TWINS-BALDELLI ERA BEGINS

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ The Minnesota Twins conduct their first pitchers and catchers workout of spring training under new manager Rocco Baldelli, with bullpen roles the biggest question to be answered in camp. By Dana Caldwell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 4 p.m. CT.

WILD-KOIVU

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu discusses his prognosis for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 400 words, by 4 p.m. CT.

BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 24 Maryland, fresh off its big win over Purdue, is full of confidence as it heads to No. 6 Michigan for the top game of the weekend in the Big Ten. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

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