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BC-ND--North Dakota News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, ND

December 6, 2018

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 dglass@ap.org.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

MAJORITY LEADER-POLLERT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Al Carlson ruled North Dakota’s House for years, controlling the business of the chamber with a booming voice, a big hammer and no fear of leaving bruises in his wake. With Carlson getting the boot from voters this year, House Republicans have chosen as their new leader a man who is nothing like him: Chet Pollert, a low-key and little-known representative from a rural district. One of Pollert’s challenges will be wrangling a House supermajority that is already split into several factions. By James MacPherson. UPCOMING: 700-800 words by 11 a.m., photos.

SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES

BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. Land management documents released by the Interior Department show the administration intends to open more areas to leasing and allow waivers for drilling to encroach into the habitat of greater sage grouse. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 360 words, photos. Developing.

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