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BC-ND--North Dakota News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, ND

January 4, 2019

Good morning. Here’s how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Dakota. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An American Indian activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline against opponents denies fostering any illegal activity through an allegedly militant protest faction. Krystal Two Bulls also denies evading service of the lawsuit _ a tactic Energy Transfer Partners says is preventing it from serving three other people it added as defendants five months ago. That move came after a federal judge criticized the $1 billion suit against environmental group Greenpeace and others as being vague and threatened to throw it out. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.

DICAMBA RULES

BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is maintaining a cutoff date for applications of the herbicide dicamba on soybeans that it put in place last year, and advising applicators to be aware of updated federal rules governing use of the controversial weed killer. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IDLING VEHICLES

BISMARCK, ND. _ North Dakota lawmakers are mulling a bill that would make it legal for people who leave their vehicles running unattended. The law, which has been on the books since the 1940s, has rarely, if ever been enforced, as residents routinely warm up their vehicles in the winter without being in them. Developing.

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