Good morning. Hey, it’s Wednesday already, and it’s the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Let’s take a look at the Digest.

1. A St. Cloud couple that runs a film company is suing the state because they don’t want to have to film same-sex marriages. Carl and Angel Larsen’s Telescope Media Group filed suit Tuesday in federal court against the state’s commissioner of human rights and attorney general, saying the state human rights law should be declared unconstitutional because it violates their religious freedom. The suit has the backing of a group called the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is has fought transgender bathroom policies, marriage equality and contraception. (Star Tribune)

2. About 30 Minnesota congregations have joined an effort to either become or support “sanctuary churches” — meaning the places of worship will serve as a refuge for people in immediate danger. Some churches will provide other resources, including legal help. Even though President Obama has deported more people than any other president, the churches say they’re making the move because of the rhetoric used by President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, (MPR News)

3. Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom is resigning halfway into his second term to pursue a research opportunity at the University of Oxford University in England. The county board will appoint a replacement to fill out the next two years. (Pioneer Press)

4. A union local representing Carrier workers in Indiana says the actual number of jobs saved by President-elect Trump’s intervention last week is 730, not the 1,100 that Trump announced. The numbers came in a flyer sent to Carrier workers. “We found out today that more jobs are leaving than what we originally thought,” Carrier worker T.J. Bray, who’s also a communications rep for the union said. “It seemed like since Thursday, it was 1,100 then it was maybe 900 and then now we’re at 700. So I’m hoping it doesn’t go any lower than that.” (WTHR-TV)

5. Trump’s conversation with the president of Taiwan that raised alarms in China came after the president-elect was lobbied by former Senate Republican leader Bob Dole, who works for a law firm that is paid by Taiwan. Dole was an early Trump backer, and has been working for six months to connect Trump with Taiwanese officials. “They’re very optimistic,” Mr. Dole said of the Taiwanese in an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday. “They see a new president, a Republican, and they’d like to develop a closer relationship.” (New York Times)

Further contract negotiations are on hold between state officials and a union for thousands of Minnesota personal health care attendants while an effort to disband the union plays out.

The Bureau of Mediation Services on Monday ordered a halt to discussions on wages, hours and working conditions pending a push by union opponents to pull away from the Service Employees International Union.

Doug Seaton, an attorney for those trying to disband the union for workers who care for the disabled or elderly in home-based settings, said bargaining on a new contract should not have begun. The current contract is due to expire in July.

“This is unusually early that it happened in the case of the PCA bargaining unit, which has made us suspicious all along,” Seaton said. “And so it’s maybe particularly pointed here that they have told them they have to stop bargaining.”

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members say they are on the same timeline as the previous round of negotiations that resulted in the current contract.

“This is the latest in a series of their attempts — all of which have failed — and again it does nothing to address the fact that too many seniors and people with disabilities are not able to receive the care they deserve because of the low pay and lack of benefits and training facing home care workers,” said Sumer Spika, a home care worker and SEIU executive board member. “When this fabricated attempt to stop us is denied, as we expect, we will still be here doing what we have been doing all along: actually trying to find a real solution to the care crisis in Minnesota.”

A drive for a union decertification election is still under way. The people seeking to undo the union must get cards from 30 percent of the eligible voters covered by the bargaining unit. There are as many as 27,000 in this case.

Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh Tilsen said Tuesday the stand-still order is typical. His agency was sending another order Tuesday to state managers to produce a list of those potential union election voters.

“That next step would be to issue an election order. If there’s not 30 percent, we would dismiss the petition but give the petitioner a fixed time to put in additional cards,” Tilsen said.

The fight over the union has dragged on for years, predating a law change by the Legislature that allowed the care attendants to organize.

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Here’s the Digest.

1. A recount of votes in a pivotal state Senate race got underway Monday in Benton and Sherburne counties with Stearns County on tap for Tuesday. The recount will determine whether Republican Jerry Relph’s 148-vote victory over DFLer Dan Wolgamott in Senate District 14 stands up. More importantly, it will dictate which party has a 34-to-33 seat Senate majority entering next year’s legislative session. (MPR News)

2. DFL Congressman Keith Ellison suggested late last week that he may be willing to resign his seat if he becomes chair of the Democratic National Committee. And that has led to a lot of interest in replacing him. Two DFL state lawmakers say they would want the job, as does the Republican who lost to Ellison last month, (Pioneer Press)

3. Some University of Minnesota employees and their spouses attended games at U.S. Bank Stadium in luxury suites as guests of the the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and will now reimburse the authority for their tickets. The university disclosed the names of the employees “to avoid any controversy and appearance whatsoever of impropriety.” (Star Tribune)

4. In North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his re-election bid to Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday, after nearly a month of demanding a recount. McCrory made his concession in a YouTube video, saying it was time to “celebrate our democratic process and respect what I see to be the ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governor’s race in modern history.” (CNN)

5. What could President-elect Donald Trump have to talk about with former Vice President Al Gore? Trump didn’t say anything and Gore said little after Monday’s meeting. From this story: “Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Trump regularly called climate change “a hoax” during the campaign. Initially, the session was not even expected to include the president-elect. According to the transition spokesman, it was scheduled as a sit-down between Gore and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who is a member of the official transition team.” (NPR)