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BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest 1:30 pm, ND

December 31, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in North Dakota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Jeff Baenen is on the desk.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORY:

NORTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE-THINGS TO KNOW

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Lawmakers convene Thursday for North Dakota’s 66th legislative session in Bismarck, where they will be faced with tough spending choices at a time when the state’s economy is slowly emerging from a yearslong rut due to depressed oil and agriculture prices. Some things to know as the once-every-two-years session opens. By James MacPherson. SENT: 555 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

WINTRY WEATHER

GRAND FORKS, N.D. _ Heavy snowfall and gusty winds created blizzard-like conditions in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota the day before the new year, causing officials to close an airport and sheriff’s deputies to advise against travel. SENT: 205 words. AP Photos.

With:

WINTRY WEATHER-THE LATEST

LEGISLATURE-PIPELINE TAMPERING

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A legislator from northeastern North Dakota wants to increase the legal consequences for people who tamper with pipelines and the climate change groups that help them. A Seattle man who served jail time last year for a pipeline protest in Pembina County said a more stringent law wouldn’t have stopped him. UPCOMING: 250 words.

YEAR IN NEWS-NORTH DAKOTA

FARGO, N.D. _ The year in North Dakota was dominated by politics, from the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer to a complimentary and controversial Super Bowl soiree that Gov. Doug Burgum attended and a Trump administration trade dispute that hit soybean farmers the hardest. By Dave Kolpack and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 920 words, photos. Moved previously earlier in December; repeating for anyone needing.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL CRASH-STARK COUNTY

SPORTS:

TIMBERWOLVES-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS _ The struggling New Orleans Pelicans host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. New Orleans has lost six of seven, while the Wolves have won three of four. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 7 p.m. CT

VIKINGS WRAPUP

EAGAN, Minn. _ The Minnesota Vikings embraced the pressure surrounding a season that began with a realistic Super Bowl goal, but 2018 revealed more flaws than initially realized as the team fell well short of those high expectations. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, by 4 p.m. CST.

PENGUINS-WILD

The Pittsburgh Penguins play the middle stop on their three-game road swing at Minnesota, where the Wild have lost three straight home games. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m. CT.

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