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

December 20, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORY:

OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it canceled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels, The Associated Press has found. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

SPORTS BETTING-NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Gov. Doug Burgum won’t fight an attempt to bring legal sports betting to North Dakota but he won’t push for it either. North Dakota is one of many states attempting to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s lifting of a federal ban on sports gambling. By James MacPherson. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

SAVANNA’S ACT

FARGO, N.D. _ A bill named in an honor of a Fargo woman who was killed when her baby was cut from her womb has been placed on hold in the U.S. House. Outgoing North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp sponsored the bill, which aims to improve tribal access to federal crime information databases and create standardized protocols for responding to cases of missing and slain Native American women. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

CARGILL-MALT BUSINESS, DRUG OVERDOSES-SENTENCE

IN SPORTS:

VIKINGS-LIONS PREVIEW

DETROIT _ Minnesota tries for a season sweep of Detroit this weekend, and the Vikings can wrap up a playoff spot if enough things break right for them. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. CT. For weekend use.

WILD-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins look for their second win in as many nights when they host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

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