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

January 4, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

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

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TOP STORIES:

IDLING VEHICLES

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakotans who like to warm up their cars without shivering inside could do it with a bit less worry under a bill before state lawmakers. It would drop a rarely enforced law against the practice. By James MacPherson. Developing.

OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An American Indian activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline against opponents denies fostering any illegal activity through an allegedly militant protest faction. Krystal Two Bulls also denies evading service of the lawsuit _ a tactic Energy Transfer Partners says is preventing it from serving three other people it added as defendants five months ago. That move came after a federal judge criticized the $1 billion suit against environmental group Greenpeace and others as being vague and threatened to throw it out. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-MED PILOT HONORED

MANDAN, N.D. _ When Jacob Sims leaves on a 4,100-mile motorcycle ride in June, Todd Lasky will be with him. “He’s going to make that ride through his helmet,” Sims said, speaking of his late friend who died Nov. 18 in an air ambulance crash northwest of Mandan. Lasky was a pilot for Bismarck Air Medical, bound for Williston that night with paramedic Chris Iverson and nurse Bonnie Cook. Their plane broke up in flight and crashed in a remote pasture west of Harmon Lake in rural Morton County. No one survived. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. By Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 732 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

ESCAPED INMATE, DICAMBA RULES, FATALCRASH-MORTON COUNTY, WIND FARM

SPORTS:

MAGIC-TIMBERWOLVES

The Orlando Magic make the third stop on their six-game road trip in Minnesota, where the ailing Timberwolves return home with the status of three of their top five scorers in question. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

FCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW

FRISCO, Texas _ Before North Dakota State made Fargo to Frisco an annual trip, Eastern Washington won the first FCS title game played in North Texas in 2010. The two meet for this season’s title, with the Bison going for their seventh championship in eight years. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words by 4 p.m. CT.

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