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

April 6, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

TRUCKING SAFETY-BAKKEN

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Two crashes that took four lives have resurrected concerns about the safety of a bypass in New Town and the issue of truck driver fatigue. The Bismarck Tribune reports that crash data from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute shows the majority of truck-involved injury crashes in North Dakota occur in the oil region. Data from North Dakota’s Vision Zero Plan shows that from 2012 to 2016, around 67% of truck-related crashes happened in North Dakota’s oil counties. SENT: 320 words.

AGRICULTURAL FLOODING

MOORHEAD, Minn. _ Some Minnesota farmers and rural residents near the Red River are preparing for floodwaters that could isolate them for days. Noreen Thomas is constantly monitoring the Buffalo River’s flow from her farm near Moorhead. Thomas tells Minnesota Public Radio News that the Buffalo River can rise quickly. Dry weather and a slow snow melt have tempered the flood risk, but residents must monitor for flooding in order to act quickly. The Red River separates Minnesota and North Dakota. SENT: 310 words.

EXCHANGE-CALVING SEASON

MANDAN, N.D. _ Stephanie Hatzenbuhler said calving has been better than expected this year, but it’s no picnic. “You have to kind of play along with Mother Nature, what’s she’s giving you,” she said. 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.

IN BRIEF:

SPRING FLOODING-RED RIVER VALLEY, SPRING FLOODING-HAY HELP, OPEN RECORDS COMPLAINT.

SPORTS:

FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, faces fifth-seeded Auburn in a contrast of styles for a spot in the NCAA Tournament championship games. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:09 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN ST-TEXAS TECH

MINNEAPOLIS _ In a battle of top defenses, Cassius Winston leads Michigan State into a Final Four matchup against Jarrett Culver and Texas Tech. The Spartans, under coach Tom Izzo, can play a rough brand of ball. The Red Raiders have the best defense in a generation. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-SHINY PEARL

MINNEAPOLIS _ There is a sheen that accompanies Auburn coach Bruce Pearl because, well, he sweats. Quite a lot. But while his antagnosists would call it the sheen of slime from all his run-ins with the NCAA, those closest to him insist it’s merely the shimmer of success. By Dave Skretta. SENT 700 words, photos.

HALL OF FAME

MINNEAPOLIS _ NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Also selected this year were WNBA great Teresa Weatherspoon, NBA players Al Attles, Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bobby Jones and Paul Westphal, NBA coach Bill Fitch, the Tennessee A&I men’s teams from 1957-59 and the Wayland Baptist University women’s team. They will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 6. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 300 words. Developing.

TWINS PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Michael Pineda (0-0) makes his second start for the Twins and Jake Arrieta (1-0) goes for the Phillies. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

WILD-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars finish the regular season against Minnesota, their first-round playoff opponent still unsettled as they try to secure the one point Dallas needs for the top wild-card spot in the West. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

MINNESOTA UNITED FC-NY RED BULLS

NEW YORK _ The Minnesota United FC plays at the NY Red Bulls.

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