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

May 3, 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. Dave Kolpack 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

WATER PROJECT DISPUTE

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An appeals court panel has rejected the state of Missouri’s challenge to a massive upstream Missouri River water project in North Dakota. The $244 million Northwest Area Water Supply project aims to bring river water to 82,000 people in northwestern North Dakota. Missouri worries the project will diminish the river water it needs for drinking, farming and shipping. An 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals panel on Friday upheld a federal judge’s ruling that Missouri doesn’t have standing to sue. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DRONE INDUSTRY INVESTMENT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota plans to invest $33 million in the unmanned aircraft systems industry in an attempt to establish the state as a premier location for drone research, testing and commercialization. Gov. Doug Burgum is expected to sign a bill authorizing the investment in a ceremony Monday with state leaders. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200-250 words.

EXCHANGE-ORGAN TRANSPLANT HEROES

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Two-time liver transplant recipient Dave Hanson, of Mandan, says it’s hard to describe what the days and months felt like leading up to his receiving “the call,” which he experienced twice, letting him know he was a match for an organ he very much needed. The 47-year-old’s first call, in which the voice on the other end of the line questioned whether Hanson could make it to the hospital in time for the transplant, came in 1998. Hanson, then a single man with no children, had been on the transplant waiting list for four months. By Cheryl McCormack, Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1145 words.

IN BRIEF:

DAUGHTER KILLED-FATHER CHARGED, FATAL CRASH-MCINTOSH COUNTY

SPORTS:

TWINS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Minnesota (19-10) takes baseball’s best record into the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, where the Twins are 14-50 since 2002 _ including the postseason. James Paxton (3-2, 3.38 ERA) pitches for New York against Kyle Gibson (2-0, 4.88), who is 1-5 with a 6.86 ERA in eight starts against the Yankees. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

VIKINGS-ROOKIES

EAGAN, Minn. _ Austin Cutting became the first Air Force player drafted in 20 years, when the Minnesota Vikings took the long snapper in the seventh round. Pursuing a pro football career isn’t so simple, though, with required military service to be sorted out first for Cutting. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WHAT’S NEXT

Meghan Duggan need only look around sports to get excited about what an NHL-run women’s hockey league might look like. The NBA did it with the WNBA. Soccer leagues in Europe and the U.S. have done it. And that was enough for the 2018 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning captain and more than 200 fellow players to take a leap of faith by pledging not to play in North America this year to try to get to the point where there’s a single, economically viable professional league. By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 925 words, photos.

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