BC-MN--Things to Know in Minnesota for Tuesday,Oct 9,ADVISORY, MN

Editors:

Stations:

Top stories of the moment in Minnesota:

1. Former drama teacher at Shattuck St. Mary's accused of sexual contact with students; delay between firing eight years ago and charges raises questions. TEACHER-SEX CHARGES-MINNESOTA.

2. Testimony in Minneapolis trial illuminates what Minnesota men faced once they joined up with al-Shabab in Somalia; suicide bomber tried to leave, but was lured back, witness says. MISSING SOMALIS.

3. Minnesota holds at three fungal meningitis cases, but health officials warn of more; hundreds notified of possible exposure. MENINGITIS OUTBREAK-MINNESOTA.

4. Capsized canoe turns fatal for Forest Lake couple visiting Boundary Waters. BWCA-CANOE ACCIDENT.

Tentative coverage plans today:

8th DISTRICT-DEBATE

ST. PAUL, Minn. — GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democratic challenger Rick Nolan debate in their closely watched 8th District congressional race. Update expected soon from 8 a.m. debate.

AP Photos planned.

MISSING SOMALIS

MINNEAPOLIS — Testimony continues in federal trial of Minnesota man accused of helping move American fighters to al-Shabab in Somalia. On merits.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Spot developments in cases of rare fungal meningitis in Minnesota. On merits; editors should look for AP's national mainbar in addition to any separates on Minnesota situation.

AP Photo.

The AP, Minneapolis

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