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

December 18, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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

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TOP STORY:

REPORTED INCOME-NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Reported income by all North Dakotans dropped nearly 13 percent in 2017 due to a prolonged slump in agriculture and energy prices, the state’s tax commissioner says. The total adjusted gross income for the state slid from $31.2 billion in 2016 to $27.8 billion last year, according to figures released to The Associated Press. By James MacPherson. SENT: 370 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

KEILLOR COMEBACK

FRIDLEY, Minn. _ Garrison Keillor is stepping back into the spotlight a year after Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with the former “A Prairie Home Companion” host over a sexual misconduct allegation. Keillor performed two sold-out shows Sunday night at Crooners, a jazz nightclub in a Minneapolis suburb near where he grew up. Fans laughed, applauded and sang along. It’s a much smaller audience than the millions of listeners Keillor entertained weekly on his Saturday evening radio show. By Jeff Baenen. SENT: 745 words, photos.

FAIR HOUSING STUDY

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A recent study by the High Plains Fair Housing Council concluded transgender people are experiencing high levels of discrimination when seeking housing in North Dakota. The nonprofit conducted the testing in anticipation that state legislators Might consider another proposal next year to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

FARMERS UNION-PRESIDENT, CUSTODY DEATH, DARKHOUSE SPEARFISHING

SPORTS:

TWINS-MAUER

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7 jersey next season. The six-time All-Star retired after a 15-year major league career. The Twins surprised Mauer with the announcement while he was being celebrated at an all-student assembly at his alma mater Cretin-Derham Hall High School. Mauer will become the eighth former Twins player or manager with a retired number, joining Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven and Tom Kelly. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

NORTH DAKOTA-MARQUETTE

MILWAUKEE _ No. 20 Marquette returns from a break for finals to host North Dakota in men’s basketball. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CT.

SHARKS-WILD

MINNEAPOLIS _ The San Jose Sharks, who are on a four-game winning streak, visit the Minnesota Wild, who expect captain Mikko Koivu back in the lineup after a four-game absence due to injury. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

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