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.

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TOP STORIES:

WORRISOME WEED

BISMARCK, N.D. — A weed that's strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time, in a soybean field in McIntosh County. The aggressive pigweed species Palmer amaranth has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years, and it has devastated crops in other parts of the country. It can grow as tall as 7 feet, with each plant producing hundreds of thousands of seeds. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 490 words, photos.

OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. — Twenty environmental and civil liberties groups are launching a task force aimed at fighting back against lawsuits they believe are aimed at limiting free speech and silencing critics. Among them are Greenpeace and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have been fighting a racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. On merits from early afternoon announcement.

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BISMARCK HOMELESS

BISMARCK, N.D. — Construction has begun on a facility that will provide housing for the chronically homeless in Bismarck, including people with mental illness, a physical disability or a chemical addiction. The four-story Edwinton Place Apartments building is expected to be ready next fall. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

RIDE-HAILING ASSAULT CHARGES, CRASH-ROASTS RUINED, TEACHER-SEXUAL ASSAULT-PLEA, BOWMAN HOMICIDE-SENTENCE, INFORMANT ATTACKED

SPORTS:

TWINS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco looks to bounce back from a rough outing against Boston as the AL Central-leading Indians open a nine-game homestand with four against the Minnesota Twins. Carrasco didn't get out of the fourth inning in his previous start. Game time 7:10 p.m.

NFC NORTH PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings begin their defense of the NFC North title with a shiny new quarterback and a handful of enhancements to an already stout defense, but the rival Green Bay Packers aren't going away. And Aaron Rodgers is back, eager to make up for lost time following the broken collarbone that spoiled his 2017 season. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 750 words, by 5 p.m. EDT.

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