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

August 24, 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. Amy Forliti 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, ND. — A federal judge has dismissed a second defendant in a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups. Judge Billy Roy Wilson ruled Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners failed to make a case against Earth First. He earlier dismissed BankTrack. That leaves Greenpeace as the lone remaining defendant group in the lawsuit. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

NORTH DAKOTA-TORNADO-RADAR

BISMARCK, N.D. — The National Weather Service is taking steps to improve weather radar coverage for western North Dakota after a deadly tornado in Watford City raised awareness of gaps in coverage. National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin says the improved coverage could be in place by spring. The July 10 tornado killed a newborn baby and injured more than two dozen people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-MEDORA VOLUNTEERS

MEDORA, N.D. — About 650 people are volunteering at Medora this summer, ushering at the musical, staffing the mini golf course and getting tables ready for pitchfork fondue. The volunteers, mostly retirees, spend a little over a week in Medora working at 16 venues. Volunteers pay their own way to Medora, but the Medora Foundation provides housing at the Spirit of Work Lodge and meals. The volunteers also get to see the Medora Musical, the shows at the theater and visit other Medora attractions for free. By Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 535 words.

IN BRIEF:

FIRED ATTORNEY, FATAL MINOT STABBING

SPORTS:

SEAHAWKS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks in an exhibition game, with each side seeking extended quality time for a work-in-progress offensive line. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.

ATHLETICS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Oakland Athletics send Sean Manaea to the mound in Minnesota, with a two-game losing streak, their first since a three-game skid July 27-29 and just their second since dropping four in a row June 12-15. Jake Odorizzi starts for the Twins. By Andres Ybarra. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

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