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

April 5, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES

MANDAN, N.D. _ A man charged with murder in the killings of four people took steps to fool surveillance video and cleanse the weapons used in the attack, investigators allege in court papers filed Friday. Chad Isaak, a 44-year-old chiropractor with a military background, was to appear in Morton County court a day after police arrested him in a mystery that has gripped the area since authorities found the bodies Monday morning at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan. SENT: 435 words, photos. Developing with 1:30 p.m. court appearance.

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NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-CALVING SEASON

MANDAN, N.D. _ Ranchers in North Dakota are well into this year’s calving season. Stephanie Hatzenbuhler said calving has been better than expected this year, but it’s no picnic. Hatzenbuhler and her family run Diamond J Angus west of Mandan. Calving has been a lot of work this year. Extreme cold in late January led to increasing checks on cows from every two hours to every hour. By Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 559 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

FLOOD FIGHT, FLOODING RESCUE

SPORTS:

TWINS-PHILLIES

Nick Pivetta takes the mound for the Phillies and Jake Odorizzi goes for the Twins in the opener of a three-game interleague series. By Rob Maaddi.

HEAT-TIMBERWOLVES

The Miami Heat, in a tight race for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

FINAL FOUR-INJURED STARS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Under different circumstances Joshua Langford might have had a throng of reporters around him as he sat in front of his locker at U.S. Bank Stadium, two days before Michigan State plays in the Final Four. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 925 words, photos.

FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-MICHIGAN ST

MINNEAPOLIS _ Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly. The Final Four’s second semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words. AP Photos.

FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS _ Top-seeded Virginia faces Auburn in the Final Four Saturday in classic matchup of slow versus fast. The Cavaliers play a methodical brand of basketball. The Tigers are frenetic. The winner will play for the NCAA tournament championship. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos, by 4 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN STATE-HOIBERG

MINNEAPOLIS _ Jack Hoiberg passed up a Division I golf scholarship to join Michigan State’s storied program as a walk-on. Next season, his father, Fred Hoiberg, will be an opposing coach in the Big Ten with Nebraska. The Hoiberg family has quite the rich history in the sport. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, by 5 p.m. EST.

FINAL FOUR-DEFENSES-HOW THEY WORK

MINNEAPOLIS _ Virginia’s Final Four run is built around a sound defensive scheme that frustrates even the best offenses. And Texas Tech earned its trip with a tough-minded edge that led to defensive efficiency not seen in years. Their presence in Minneapolis is the biggest reason that this is such a defensive-minded Final Four, even if their approaches vary in getting those low scores and shooting percentages. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 800 words and photos by 6 p.m. eastern.

FINAL FOUR-BIG TEN FOOTPRINT

MINNEAPOLIS _ It’s been nearly two decades since the Big Ten won a national championship. But even if Michigan State is unable to end that drought this weekend, the team that emerges will have a coach who has followed the Big Ten blueprint. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. CT.

FINAL FOUR-DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable _ it was already happening. America’s favorite sports had turned into video games, where 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-flying offenses ruled football and the days of slow, boring games like your grandfather watched were a thing of the past. Then, the Super Bowl happened. And March Madness. And now, America’s sports fans are faced with what seems again like a novel concept: Defense wins championships. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 700 words. AP Photos.

FINAL FOUR-DEFENSIVE MASTERMIND

MINNEAPOLIS _ Coaches are notorious for borrowing principles from other coaches. Texas Tech’s defensive philosophy comes from one unique mind: assistant coach Mark Adams. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MINNEAPOLIS _ Duke freshman Zion Williamson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson made headlines with his highlight-reel dunks and athleticism. He was the runaway choice for the award, claiming 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 800 words and photos. Will be updated.

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