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

March 5, 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. Jeff Baenen 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

VOTER ID-NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A third American Indian tribe in North Dakota is challenging the state’s voter identification requirements, which many Native Americans allege discriminate against them and suppress their vote. The Standing Rock Sioux has signed on to a lawsuit that the Spirit Lake Sioux filed just days before last November’s general election. That lawsuit was prompted by an October U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa lawsuit that was favorable to the state. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

OIL TAX-LAND BOARD

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Top Republicans in the Legislature are supporting a proposal that clarifies oil tax distributions but doesn’t reimburse a pair of school funds that a state agency believes may have been shortchanged. Land Commissioner Jodi Smith believes that over the past decade, more than $120 million of the state’s share of revenue from the oil-rich Fort Berthold reservation should have been deposited in two constitutional funds that benefit schools. By James MacPherson. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS

FARGO, N.D. _ Food pantry operators in the Fargo area say they are seeing a recent increase in the number of people seeking help with groceries. UPCOMING: 250-300 words.

IN BRIEF:

OFFICER ACCUSED-SENTENCE, FATAL CRASH-MCKENZIE COUNTY, PASTOR-FELONY THEFT, INTERSTATE CRASHES-NORTH DAKOTA

SPORTS:

THUNDER-TIMBERWOLVES

The Oklahoma City Thunder start a four-game road trip in Minnesota with star Paul George dealing with a sore shoulder. The Timberwolves, who beat the Thunder twice on the road this season, are reeling with 10 losses in their last 15 games. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

WILD-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators are back home after a three-game road swing and host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

PURDUE-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ No. 11 Purdue, with the outright Big Ten title in sight, visits a Minnesota team seeking a signature victory to boost its NCAA Tournament bid. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

MINNESOTA-SENIOR SENDOFF

MINNEAPOLIS _ Jordan Murphy has had to slog through a couple of rough seasons at Minnesota to become the Big Ten’s second-leading rebounder of all time. Dupree McBrayer is still hurting from his mother’s death a little more than three months ago. The seniors still have a chance to end their career with the Gophers on a brighter note. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 695 words. Photos.

BIG TEN-TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

Maryland and second-place Iowa, who dominated the regular season, seem destined for a rematch in the conference tournament title game. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. CT.

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