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

February 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota lawmakers are considering proposals that might make it easier for patients to get doctor approval for medical marijuana. One would remove a requirement that doctors who certify a patient assert that medical marijuana will help that person _ a stipulation that makes some doctors uneasy. Another proposal would add to the list of medical professionals who can certify patients. Advocates are applauding efforts to improve access _ especially after more than two years of waiting for the drug approved by voters in November 2016. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 900 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EMMONS-LOGAN WIND FARM

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a wind farm project that would bring up to 123 turbines to the southern part of the state. The Bismarck Tribune reports that NextEra Energy Resources plans to build the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center on about 28,000 acres northeast of Linton. The wind farm will have a capacity of nearly 300 megawatts. North Dakota currently has about 3,150 megawatts of wind capacity. SENT: 270 words.

MENTAL ILLNESS-JAILS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Jail officials and mental health advocates say people with mental disorders should not be thrown in jails when they are suffering a mental crisis and the South Dakota law that allows the practice should be overturned. The Argus Leader reports that South Dakota is among five states, including North Dakota, that permit involuntary mental health holds in jails and juvenile detention centers for up to 24 hours. Critics say the involuntary holds in detention can be traumatizing and could be unconstitutional. SENT: 390 words.

EXCHANGE-OUTDOORS CLUB FOUNDER

MINOT, N.D. _ A North Dakota man has inspired others to get involved in the outdoors through a club. Percy Ottmar of Minot is one of the founders of the Souris River Basin Longbeards. Under his leadership the group has become one of the leading outdoor organizations in the Minot area. By Kim Fundingsland, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 920 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

SNOW REMOVAL FATAL.

SPORTS

DENVER-N DAKOTA ST

FARGO, N.D. _ Denver plays North Dakota State at Scheels Center.

NORTH DAKOTA-S DAKOTA ST

BROOKINGS, S.D. _ North Dakota plays South Dakota State at Frost Arena.

WILD-DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. _ The Minnesota Wild will try to snap a four-game losing streak when they play the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.

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