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

February 28, 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. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

OIL PIPELINE LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Native American tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that an Army Corps of Engineers document shows the agency concluded the pipeline won’t unfairly affect tribes before it consulted them. Standing Rock Sioux officials say the document, which they shared with The Associated Press, bolsters the tribe’s claim that the Corps disregarded a federal judge’s order to seriously review the pipeline’s potential impact on the Standing Rock Sioux and three other Dakotas-based tribes and to not treat the study as a “bureaucratic formality.” By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 630 words. Photos.

CITIZEN INITIATIVES

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature wants to make it more difficult for citizen-led initiatives that amend the state constitution. The move is inspired in part by a string of successful ballot measures funded largely by out-of-state interests. Senators voted this month to allow the Legislature to vote on an initiated measure following voters’ approval. By James MacPherson. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

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CITIZEN INITIATIVES-THE LATEST

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FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give producers enough time to sell crops and livestock and to give them more flexibility in timing interest payments for tax filing purposes. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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BURNED BODY-FARGO, MINERALS DISPUTE

SPORTS:

NORTH DAKOTA-PURDUE FORT WAYNE

North Dakota plays Purdue Fort Wayne at Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE-SOUTH DAKOTA

North Dakota State plays South Dakota at DakotaDome.

TIMBERWOLVES-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers will try to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday night when they host Minnesota. The Pacers are still third in the Eastern Conference. The Timberwolves have lost six of 10 and are trying to fight their way back into playoff contention in the West. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

MINNESOTA-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. _ Slumping Minnesota looks to snap out of it against the Big Ten’s last-place team when it meets Northwestern. The Golden Gophers have dropped two in a row and six of seven after losing at Rutgers on Sunday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

TWINS-RAYS

Minnesota plays Tampa Bay at Charlotte Sports Park.

BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 9 Michigan probably needs to beat No. 17 Maryland on Sunday to keep alive its hopes for the Big Ten regular-season title. The Wolverines won round one against the Terps two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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