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

April 1, 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. Ivan Moreno 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES

MANDAN, N.D. _ Police responding to a medical call at a North Dakota business on Monday found “several” bodies, authorities said. The Mandan Police Department issued a three-sentence news release confirming that officers had found “several people who were deceased inside” the business in the city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri River west of Bismarck. Police did not say how many people were dead and did not immediately respond to a request for more details. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 355 words, photos. Developing.

NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

US MILITARY TRAINING-EXPANSION

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Gov. Doug Burgum’s plan to use millions of dollars from North Dakota’s voter-approved oil tax savings account to expand a National Guard training facility has been blunted by lawmakers as part of a compromise between the military and farmers and ranchers. By James MacPherson. 400 words by 2:30 p.m.

OIL TRAIN RESTRICTIONS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota’s top oil regulator is trying to convince legislators in Washington that a proposal they are considering to reduce the volatility of Bakken crude oil shipped by rail is not backed by science. Lynn Helms has requested state dollars to sue the state of Washington if the legislation advances. Refineries in Washington are the top destination for Bakken crude-by-rail deliveries, with an average of 200,000 barrels traveling to the state per day. UPCOMING: 350 words.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. _ A new report says a March survey of business supply managers is signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit its highest level since August, 58.2, compared with 57.9 in February. The January figure was 56.0. SENT: 310 words.

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MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

NORTH DAKOTA CROPS, TRIPLE FATAL

SPORTS:

BLAZERS-TIMBERWOLVES

The Portland Trail Blazers, trying to enhance their position for the Western Conference playoffs, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves after five straight games against Eastern Conference foes. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

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VIKINGS-JONES

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