BC-MN–Minnesota News Coverage Advisory, MN

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 News Editor Doug Glass at (800) 552-7250 or (612) 332-2727 or dglass@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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.



MINNEAPOLIS — An American jailed in the United Arab Emirates for nine months over what he said was a harmless satirical video was due to arrive home Thursday afternoon. Shez Cassim planned a brief statement on his imprisonment. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4:30 p.m., photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — A legislative panel charged with oversight of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange meets for the first time in several months, despite a glitch-plagued signup process for coverage under the new federal health care law. Republicans on the panel are likely to charge Democratic colleagues for neglecting oversight responsibilities amid MNsure’s heavily publicized problems. By Patrick Condon. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. CST.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The task force advising Minnesota lawmakers on Capitol security are nailing down recommendations, including a call for gun permit holders to more regularly declare their intentions to carry in the building. Brian Bakst. UPCOMING: On merits from 9:30 a.m. hearing. File art if we move a story


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf moved Thursday to invalidate a court decision that demands his family pay $100 million in damages and legal fees over a broken business deal surrounding an apartment development in his home state of New Jersey. It extends a case already 21 years old. By Brian Bakst. UPCOMING: 450 words by 12 p.m. CT. No photos.



COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — A suburban St. Paul man’s unique snow sculpture could wind up saving his life. Jim Gorbunow built his smiling, 5-foot snow kidney in hopes it would attract attention to his need for a donor. At least one person has already offered to be tested for a match. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10 a.m., photo.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Minnesota and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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