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

February 22, 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. Dave Kolpack 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

OIL PIPELINE-HIGHWAY LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, ND. _ Government officials say the five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline was not aimed at manipulating the media or the American Indian tribe that has led the protracted fight against the project. Authorities had justifiable cause for closing the stretch of state 1806, included limiting disruptions to a project deemed by President Donald Trump to be in the national interest, attorneys argue in recent court filings. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

COURTS-WEBSITE

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota’s court system will soon reveal a refurbished website updating its 20-year-old platform. The project has been in the works for 1½ years and follows a recent trend in state government, as various agencies have rolled out new platforms, such as Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s FirstStop hub for online business functions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words.

EXCHANGE-RESTORING COMMUNITY HALL

HUFF, N.D. _ A North Dakota couple plans to restore a former community hall. Paulette and Bob Bullinger are planning to restore the old log community hall in Huff for use as a family day cabin. They plan to install a steel, copper-colored roof and will likely remove the small, sagging front entryway, which isn’t original to the structure. The National Youth Administration, a division of the Works Progress Administration, built the vertical log-style hall in the 1930s. By Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 491 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

FORKLIFT-PRESIDENT’S LIMO, LEGIONAIRE’S OUTBREAK-CASSELTON, WILLIAMS COUNTY SPILL, MEDICAL MARIJUANA-MINOT

SPORTS:

TWINS-MARWIN GONZALEZ

Versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Gonzalez would receive $12 million this year and $9 million in 2020 under the contract. The infielder-outfielder who turns 30 next month spent the last seven seasons with the Houston Astros. He hit .247 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs last year. He played 73 games as a corner outfielder, plus 29 at shortstop, 32 at second and 24 at first. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 330 words, photo.

TIMBERWOLVES-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.

WILD-WINGS

DETROIT _ The Minnesota Wild visit the Detroit Red Wings. AP photos planned. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.

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