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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh's progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the "anger and the meanness on the other side," blasting Democrats' behavior toward his nominee as "sick." During a campaign rally in Montana Thursday, Trump sought to elevate Kavanaugh's confirmation as a political litmus test for voters as he embraced a Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, a top GOP target in the fall elections. The president's strategy on the Supreme Court nomination aims to turn the screws on Tester and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, where Trump planned to appear Friday. By Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. Developing.

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REFINERY-NATIONAL PARK

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are enlisting an administrative law judge to help untangle some of the legal questions surrounding whether an oil refinery can be built near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The judge won't weigh in on whether Meridian Energy Group can build the $800 million Davis Refinery at the site 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the park, but his recommendation could make it more difficult for the company to do so. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 545 words, photo.

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TRAINING COMPLEX

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A massive military training complex over the Northern Plains is expanding — upward. The 35,000-square-mile Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming will now have higher maximum altitudes. That will allow detection-evading stealth aircraft to fly at normal operating altitudes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-CHIEF JUSTICE-ANNIVERSARY

BISMARCK, N.D. — On Aug. 15, Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle met two milestones: his 85th birthday and 40 years on the North Dakota Supreme Court — a feat unmatched in the history of the state's high court. In his time, he has won election five times and served with 16 justices, many of whom have come and gone. The State Bar Association of North Dakota said VandeWalle will likely be remembered for the depth of his public service. By Jack Dura, Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 978 words.

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BIRD HUNTING, BISMARCK HOME FIRE, JAMESTOWN ROBBERY-ARREST, KNIFE ATTACK-CHARGES, COMPANY THEFT-SENTENCE, LEGALIZING MARIJUANA, WILLISTON APARTMENT FIRE, MEASLES CASE, UNITED TRIBES POWWOW

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NORTH DAKOTA-WASHINGTON

SEATTLE — No. 9 Washington begins the home portion of its schedule against North Dakota a week after a season-opening loss to No. 7 Auburn. The game Saturday gives the Huskies a chance to get on course before opening Pac-12 play next week against Utah. Washington quarterback Jake Browning is unlikely to play the entire game against North Dakota but the Huskies would like to see him continue to develop his relationship with a new batch of receivers that showed promise in the opener. By Tim Booth. SENT: 765 words, photo.

ROYALS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins start a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, with Stephen Gonsalves starting for the Twins and Heath Fillmyer taking the mound for the Royals in a matchup of rookie pitchers. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

VIKINGS-COACH NEWMAN

EAGAN, Minn. —Terence Newman acknowledged this week the strangeness of being called "Coach," but coaching is what he's been doing all along as a valuable mentor for Minnesota's young cornerbacks. Newman joined the coaching staff of the Vikings this week after retiring as a player. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. CDT, photo.

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