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BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest 6 pm, ND

December 26, 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. Jeff Baenen is on the desk, to be followed by Gretchen Ehlke at 5 a.m.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT-LEGISLATURE

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Some Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would give the North Dakota Legislature final say on successful citizen-led initiatives that amend the state constitution, something opponents believe usurps the will of the people. By James MacPherson. SENT: 570 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

BIRD COUNT

MINOT, N.D. _ Bird enthusiasts in Minot are helping the National Audubon Society compile data by counting and identifying birds in their hometown. Organizer Ron Martin told the Minot Daily News that bird numbers have been trending down since the city’s first Christmas Bird Count in 1981. Martin added that the bird counts give “a nice comparison to see where things are going these days.” SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NORTH DAKOTA, WINTRY WEATHER, NATURAL GAS FLARING

SPORTS:

QUICK LANE BOWL

DETROIT _ Georgia Tech plays Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. Game starts at 4:15 p.m. CT.

With:

GEORGIA TECH-THOMAS SUSPENDED

TIMBERWOLVES-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Coach Tom Thibodeau visits his old stomping grounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves visit Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau coached the Bulls for five seasons before getting fired. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

DENVER’S DIVE

DENVER _ Eleven months ago, Case Keenum engineered the “Minneapolis Miracle.” Now, he’s one of the architects of the “Denver Debacle.” By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BIG TEN PREVIEW

The Big Ten’s expanded schedule is shaping up to be quite a grind now that the league has six teams in the Top 25. Big Ten men’s basketball teams are playing 20 conference games each this season. By Noah Trister. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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