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

November 15, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

OIL CONDITIONING-NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil industry leaders are pushing for changes in the state’s oil conditioning regulations, but an environmental group is arguing for more stringent rules. The state Industrial Commission is proposing to amend regulations adopted nearly four years ago that aim to make Bakken crude oil safer for rail transportation, after fiery train derailments. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

BANKERS SURVEY, MEDICAL MARIJUANA, SOLDIERS RETURN, WIND FARM-NORTH DAKOTA, MOUNTRAIL COUNTY FATAL, CROP REPORT

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have a chance to tighten their grip on the NFC North lead and show just how far they have come when they host the defending division champion Minnesota Vikings in a primetime showdown for first place on Sunday. It’s been a long time since the Bears have been in a spot like this. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words. Eds: Moving for weekend use.

VIKINGS-ADJUSTING DEFENSE

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota’s defense was vulnerable in the first quarter of the season, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and his staff and players have successfully made the adjustments they needed to get the group back on a dominant track. The Vikings have allowed an average of 252.8 yards over the last four games. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

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VIKINGS-BEARS PREVIEW CAPSULE

CANUCKS-WILD

The Vancouver Canucks, 1-2-2 on a six-game road trip, make their final stop of the trip in Minnesota, where the Wild are 5-1-2 at home. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

NORTHWESTERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — With the Big Ten West title wrapped up, No. 24 Northwestern could coast through the final two games, but coach Pat Fitzgerald isn’t having it. The Wildcats play this week at Minnesota, where the Gophers need one more win for bowl-game eligibility. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 1 p.m. EST.

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NORTHWESTERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW CAPSULE

BIG TEN-TOP FRESHMEN

MINNEAPOLIS — Freshmen make up over half of Minnesota’s roster, a teenage wave that has predictably ebbed more than it’s flowed this season. But the Gophers have clearly found some first-year standouts, and they’re sure not the only team in the Big Ten to do so. Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez and Purdue’s Rondale Moore lead the list of the conference’s top rookies. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

BIG TEN-THIS WEEK

This season has been plain weird for the Buckeyes with all the off-field distraction and uneven on-field performances. Yet they’re still in line to play for the Big Ten championship if they take care of business at Maryland and win “The Game” against Michigan for the seventh straight year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 525 words, photos.

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