BC-MN--Things to Know in Minnesota for Friday,Oct 12,ADVISORY, MN

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Top stories of the moment in Minnesota:

1. Minnesota woman has what may be first lawsuit over tainted steroid shots; seeks class action. Meanwhile, two of state's three people with confirmed fungal meningitis are out of hospital. MENINGITIS OUTBREAK-MINNESOTA.

2. Carlton County prosecutors charge 2 with killing woman for her car, cell phone. SWAMP BODY-CHARGES.

3. Minnesota regents meet to consider a freeze on undergrad tuition. MINNESOTA-REGENTS.

4. Absentee voting well under way; state says more than 100K Minnesotans have requested absentee ballots, with nearly half already turned in. ABSENTEE VOTING.

Tentative coverage plans today:

8th DISTRICT-DEBATE

ST. PAUL — Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democratic challenger Rick Nolan face each other for the second time this week in a debate at KSTP TV's studios in St. Paul. Nolan is trying to unseat Cravaack in a northeastern Minnesota race that could factor into party control of the House. Developing from midday debate.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK-LAWSUIT

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota woman who says she was injected with a tainted steroid sues the company that made and sold the shots blamed in a national meningitis outbreak. Though Barbe Puro hasn't yet been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, she accuses New England Compounding Center of negligence and seeks class-action status for her federal lawsuit. Eds: This will be a fuller version on lawsuit filed late Thursday.

MISSING SOMALIS

MINNEAPOLIS — Kamal Hassan didn't know what al-Shabab was before a friend asked him if he'd like to accompany him on a trip to their native Somalia to fight a jihad. Before long, he was a foot soldier for the terror group in Somalia — training in fighting, attending lectures by leaders of the al-Qaida-linked group, and participating in an ambush of Ethiopian troops. Hassan is one of more than 20 young Somali men recruited from Minnesota in recent years to fight alongside insurgents in his homeland. Hassan's story, told this week as he testified in the trial of another man, provides insight into al-Shabab — showing how recruiters used patriotic appeals and religion to draw young men from overseas into the fold, then used fear, punishment and propaganda to keep them under control.

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MINNESOTA-REGENTS: Will update NewsNow on wire with regents' action.

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