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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA

LANSING, Mich. — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012, lightning speed in political terms. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

With:

ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA-GLANCE

AROUND THE STATE:

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

HELENA, Mont. — One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. has filed for bankruptcy to deal with steep debt amid declining world demand. Englewood, Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston. Company officials say in a statement the filing is part of a restructuring agreement with an unnamed group of lenders. Westmoreland has coal mines in Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Ohio, North Dakota and Texas, and a coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

ROYSE’S PRODUCE

MANDAN, N.D. — A business that grew from a mom-and-pop roadside watermelon stand in the 1940s to become a staple produce market in the Bismarck-Mandan area is shutting down after 70 years. Royse’s Produce is closing shop on Oct. 15. The news has brought some customers to tears. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words. AP Photo requested.

IN BRIEF:

DEATH INVESTIGATION-GRAND FORKS, MINOT HOMICIDE-TRIAL, COUNSELOR-HINDERING CHARGE, TRAIN JUMP INQUIRY, EVENTS CENTER EMBEZZLEMENT

SPORTS:

2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

MIAMI — The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 18 at new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Americans will play their second match four days later in Cleveland and close Group D play on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas, the governing soccer body of North and Central America and the Caribbean said Tuesday. SENT: 350 words.

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