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

January 4, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

JAMAICAN LOTTERY SCAM

BISMARCK, N.D. — The last suspect fighting charges in what is believed to be the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam tried in U.S. courts funneled money between the two countries through her airline job, prosecutors allege in new court filings. Melinda Bulgin, of Providence, Rhode Island, also has had legal training, which contradicts her assertions that she was confused about her legal rights when being questioned by authorities, the government maintains. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.

SALTWATER DUMPING FINE

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Wyoming-based company that illegally dumped oilfield waste in western North Dakota has paid the state more than $950,000 after the state Supreme Court affirmed the fine last month. Black Hills Trucking paid $951,526 to the North Dakota Industrial Commission last week. It’s the largest fine ever collected by the regulatory group. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 10 a.m.

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.

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DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST

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