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

December 14, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

MARIJUANA-DECRIMINALIZATION

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota’s top law enforcement officer says he will back legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he also would support a proposal to allow sealed records for people previously convicted of some misdemeanor crimes if they avoid unlawful behavior for a few years. Both bills are being drafted and sponsored by Fargo GOP Rep. Shannon Roers Jones. By James MacPherson. SENT: 530 words.

CHINA-US TRADE

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The resumption of soybean sales to China is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the Asian country. But producers see it only as a small step toward normalcy as they continue monitoring the unsettled trade relations between the countries and call for more federal aid. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 720 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHILD CARE CHECKS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Some child care centers in North Dakota are breathing a sigh of relief after the state was granted a delay in implementing mandated criminal background checks for all child care workers. Providers through next September will be able to employ workers immediately under direct supervision until background checks are complete. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-MANDAN STARTUP

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A startup company making prebuilt home frames is aiming to fill a gap left in Mandan when it lost a longtime window manufacturing company at the end of 2013. Nordic Steel Systems, which frames homes with steel rather than wood, could change the way houses have been constructed for the past few decades or more, according to JC Dominguez, co-founder of the company. Steel frame construction has often been reserved for commercial construction because it’s more expensive than wood, but Dominguez and his partner, Jared Stober, say they’ve found a way to make it affordable for the average homebuyer. By Jessica Holdman, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 651 words.

IN BRIEF:

OIL PIPELINE-LANDOWNERS, MILITARY TRAINING-EXPANSION, SKULL DISCOVERY, SCHOOL VOTE

SPORTS:

FBC-S DAKOTA ST-N DAKOTA ST

FARGO, N.D. _ Rivals South Dakota State and unbeaten North Dakota State square off in an FCS semifinal game in the Fargodome, where Kansas State-bound Chris Klieman is making his last appearance as Bison coach. By Dave Kolpack. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

MAYVILLE STATE-NORTH DAKOTA

GRAND FORKS, N.D. _ Mayville State plays North Dakota in men’s basketball at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

AUGUSTANA-DIV I

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