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

June 13, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

REFINERY-NATIONAL PARK

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Health Department issued a permit Wednesday allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a project opposed by several national and regional conservation groups. The Davis Refinery still has other hurdles, but the permission to build that followed a 1½-year state review is a major victory for the project planned by Meridian Energy Group, based in California and North Dakota. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 560 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

PRIMARY RDP

Nevada and North Dakota are home to two of the most pivotal Senate races this year. What they didn’t have were competitive Senate primaries. In North Dakota, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer will face moderate Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. She is seeking re-election in a state Trump carried by 36 percentage points in 2016. By Thomas Beaumont and Christina L. Myers. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

With:

PRIMARY RDP-THE LATEST

COURT STAFF

BISMARCK, N.D. — District courts around North Dakota have asked a committee of the state Supreme Court to recommend more full-time staff for the 2019-21 state budget cycle. In the 2017 legislative session, the court system cut about 10 percent of its staff due to budget cuts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENTENCE, CROP REPORT, NORTH DAKOTA-VOTER TURNOUT, RESERVATION SLAYING-PLEA, TEACHER CHARGED, BUILDING CRASH, MAYOR ELECTIONS, RESERVATION-CHILD KILLED

SPORTS:

WOMEN’S HOCKEY LAWSUIT

FARGO, N.D. — Eleven former University of North Dakota women’s hockey players have filed a discrimination lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program that was cut 15 months ago. The federal complaint filed Tuesday against the North Dakota University System alleges the university violated Title IX laws that prohibit women from being treated differently because of gender. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250-300 words.

TWINS-TIGERS

DETROIT — After losing Miguel Cabrera for the season with an injury, the Tigers try to move on when they host the Twins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

VIKINGS-GOOD VIBES

EAGAN, Minn. — Several high-profile players around the NFL have skipped mandatory minicamps and subjected themselves to team fines out of concern for their contract status, but everyone is accounted for with the Minnesota Vikings this week. Coaches and players have pointed to the strong chemistry on the roster that compels a simple eagerness to show up to work with friends. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 4 p.m. CDT. 

JETS-BRIDGEWATER BOUNCING BACK

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Teddy Bridgewater remembers some of his teammates crying. They were on their knees and praying. For him. The New York Jets quarterback was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 when he went down in a heap of agonizing pain. Bridgewater had twisted his left knee badly on a non-contact play, and the severity of the injury was only beginning to surface. Bridgewater knew from the looks of his teammates’ faces that the situation was dire. And somehow, he stayed calm. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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