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

February 15, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

ILHAN OMAR-TROUBLING TWEETS

MINNEAPOLIS _ In Rep. Ilhan Omar’s home district, both Jews and Muslims voiced concern about her tweet suggesting members of Congress support Israel because they’ve been bought off. Some Muslims said they’d rather see Omar focus on other issues. For some Jews, this week’s tweet was a worrisome sign that their efforts to educate Omar on anti-Semitism have failed. By Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.

DEMOCRATS-LIBERAL LEAD

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. And proposing a sweeping Green New Deal that calls for an “economic transformation” to combat climate change. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim-America from Minnesota, pushed the party further into conflict this week with comments about Israel that were widely seen as anti-Semitic. She apologized. But the questions she and others are raising about the longstanding U.S. ally reflect a growing unease among some Democrats with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. By Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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.

DEVILS-WILD

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.

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