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

December 19, 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, to be followed by Amy Forliti at 5 a.m.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

SUNDAY SHOPPING-NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Two Fargo lawmakers say the time is ripe to repeal Sunday business restrictions in North Dakota that have been in place since statehood and rooted in religious tradition. Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson and Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones are sponsoring nearly identical legislation aimed at stripping the nation’s strictest so-called blue laws from the books. By James MacPherson. SENT: 550 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SOIL CONFERENCE

FARGO, N.D. _ Farmers who are looking for innovative ways to keep their soil healthy are gathering at a sold-out conference in Fargo. A new focus in the soil health movement encourages farmers to stop tilling the soil and plant cover crops after harvest. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

NORTH DAKOTA-POPULATION, JAIL DEFICIENCES-BARNES COUNTY

IN SPORTS:

VIKINGS DEFENSE

EAGAN, Minn. _ Minnesota’s defense has been dominant down the stretch, and the Vikings have three Pro Bowlers on that side of the ball to show for it. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m. EST.

PISTONS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ Coach Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons, trying to recover from their six-game losing streak to start December, visit Minnesota where Casey got his first head coach job with the Timberwolves 13 years ago. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

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