Good morning. Here's how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in North Dakota. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or

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WASHINGTON — It's a question consuming Washington, but many Americans can't say they care about whether Brett Kavanaugh should join the Supreme Court. There's also no national consensus on whether the Senate should vote on his nomination before Election Day. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that finds nearly half of Americans don't have a strong opinion on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. By Kevin Freking and Emily Swanson. SENT: 780 words, photos. With ND interest.


MINOT, N.D. — A practicing Rastafarian is suing Ward County Social Services to get her name off a child abuse registry. Three years ago, Shanika Lister's baby daughter had traces of marijuana in her system, but a judge later ruled that Lister's use of marijuana is a protected religious practice. UPCOMING: 200 words.


MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins and the same Super Bowl aspiration, after coming within one win of the big game last season. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, by 12 p.m. CDT.


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