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AP-ND--North Dakota News Digest 6 pm, ND

October 4, 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, to be followed by Gretchen Ehlke at 6 a.m.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

SUPREME COURT-EYES ON THE FIVE

WASHINGTON — The eyes of the polarized nation are riveted on three Republican and two Democratic senators who aren’t saying, so far, whether they are ayes or nays on the politically fateful question of whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme Court. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota finally ended the suspense over her vote, announcing Thursday she was a “no” on confirmation. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

With:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

SENATE-NORTH DAKOTA-KAVANAUGH

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court defies her state’s heavy support for President Donald Trump, but could boost the vulnerable Democrat’s standing with independents and women. By James MacPherson and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 800 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-NORTH DAKOTA

FARGO, N.D. — Republican Kevin Cramer’s hopes for helping his party pick up a critical Senate seat in North Dakota are tied tightly to President Donald Trump. It’s a savvy bet in a state Trump carried by 36 points two years ago and where he remains popular. Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is arguing the state needs someone who isn’t “going to just follow the herd.” By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,285 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-NORTH DAKOTA DEBATE, SENATE-NORTH DAKOTA-FUNDRAISING

AROUND THE STATE:

REFINERY-NATIONAL PARK

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has finalized his recent conclusion that state regulators don’t have a say in the site of an $800 million oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, potentially clearing a major roadblock for the project. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 610 words, photos.

COAL POWER-COMPENSATION

BISMARCK, N.D. — Having failed with federal regulators, North Dakota’s coal industry is turning to transmission operators with hopes of extra compensation for coal-fired power. The Lignite Energy Council maintains coal-fired power is more reliable in times of natural disaster. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER, ENBRIDGE ENERGY-LINE 3-PROTEST, FATAL SHOOTING-BOTTINEAU, OIL COMPANY THEFT, HUNTING GUIDE ACCUSED, SANFORD-FORTUNE, CROP REPORT, NORTH DAKOTA SNOW

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-DEFILIPPO

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has been scheming this week on how to beat the Eagles, the team he won a Super Bowl with as quarterbacks coach last season. The trip will be even more poignant than that, because Philadelphia is where DeFilippo grew up. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 520 words, photos.

WILD-AVALANCHE

DENVER — Healthy again, goaltender Semyon Varlamov will start in net when the Colorado Avalanche face the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night in the season opener. Both teams made the postseason last season, but were knocked out in the first round. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8 p.m. CT.

BIG TEN-THIS WEEK

Iowa goes into the Floyd of Rosedale game against Minnesota looking to get back on the winning track. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 540 words, photos.

BIG TEN-RUN DEFENSE

INDIANAPOLIS — in an age of pass-happy, high-scoring offenses, some of the Big Ten’s best teams cling to an old-school philosophy: Stopping the run first. By Michael Marot. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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