- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The state at 7:30 p.m.

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The troubled website for Minnesota’s health insurance exchange cannot be completely fixed in time for the March 31 deadline by which all Americans are supposed to have coverage under the new federal law, according to an independent review released Wednesday. By Patrick Condon. SENT: 580 words.

HOSPITAL MISTAKES

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota health officials release their annual report of avoidable hospital mistakes. It’s the 10th year the report has been issued. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 500 words HOLD FOR RELEASE for 12:01 a.m. CST Thursday.

CRACKING GRANDMA’S CODE

MINNEAPOLIS - When a brain tumor took away Dorothy Holm’s ability to speak, she picked up index cards and began filling them, edge to edge, with seemingly random, indecipherable sequences of letters. Her grandchildren saw her scribbling and thought she was leaving them a code - but it was one the preteens couldn’t crack. Eighteen years later, the puzzle has been solved after one of Holm’s granddaughters posted images of a card online. In just 13 minutes, a MetaFilter.com user figured out that as Dorothy Holm was dying, she was writing out prayers. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 570 words. Photos planned.

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DAUDT-GUN INCIDENT

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The top Republican in the Minnesota House says he intends to stay in his leadership post and believes he properly handled an incident last September in Montana where a friend pulled out the lawmaker’s loaded handgun after a vehicle purchase went bad. By Patrick Condon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 430 words by 7:30 p.m. CST.

POLYMET-PUBLIC HEARING

AURORA, Minn. - PolyMet Mining Corp. and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hold the second of three public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. Supporters want the jobs; opponents worry about pollution in a tourism-rich area of the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 p.m. from evening meeting, photo.

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