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

April 4, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES

MANDAN, N.D. _ Police on Thursday declined to release details of a 911 call that alerted authorities to the killings of four people at a North Dakota business. They did confirm that a Wednesday search in a field about half a mile from the business was related to the investigation. A combined memorial service will be held for the victims Tuesday morning at Bismarck Community Church. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

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NORTH DAKOTA-BODIES-THE LATEST

INCOME TAX BUYDOWNS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Top Republican House leaders aren’t giving up on using some earnings from North Dakota’s oil tax savings account to help offset income taxes, even though their proposal was clobbered in the Senate. A House committee voted Thursday to insert the proposal into the state Tax Department’s budget. The move sets up an intraparty fight over big spending bills on the 60th day of the 80-day legislative session. By James MacPherson. SENT: 425 words.

WASTING DISEASE-NORTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Follow-up testing indicates chronic wasting disease is not widespread in an area of northwestern North Dakota where an emaciated deer was discovered in late February _ the first in the state known to actually have died of the disease. That’s important for hunters because further spread of the devastating wildlife malady could affect an area that is prime deer habitat. And any proliferation of CWD in North Dakota could hurt a hunting industry worth tens of millions of dollars to the state. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

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SPRING FLOODING-FARGO, ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

SPORTS:

BRUINS-WILD

The Boston Bruins, tuning up for the playoffs, visit the Minnesota Wild, who skate in their final home game after being eliminated from postseason contention. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

FINAL FOUR-ARRIVALS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Tom Izzo has never been to U.S. Bank Stadium, but the Michigan State coach certainly knows his way around the Final Four. Not so much for the other three coaches and their schools heading to college basketball’s biggest stage. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. CT.

FINAL FOUR-EXPERIENCED TEAMS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The one and dones are done at the NCAA Tournament. For this year’s Final Four, it’s veteran teams only. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

FINAL FOUR-SCANDALS

MINNEAPOLIS _ One team’s coach got kicked out of the sport for three years, and two of his current assistants have been implicated for accepting bribes. Another is the most high-profile name in an athletic department sullied by its handling of a massive sex-abuse scandal. Nobody would argue Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo shouldn’t be at the Final Four, but some of the problems they’ve encountered over the year paint a picture of the unseemly side of college sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 750 words. AP Photos

FINAL FOUR GUIDE

MINNEAPOLIS _ If an electrifying Elite Eight is any indication, the Final Four is going to be a real treat for college basketball fans. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 500 words, photos

AP COACH OF THE YEAR

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Associated Press names its men’s college basketball coach of the year for the 2018-19 season on Thursday. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 5 p.m. eastern.

NCAA-EMMERT

MINNEAPOLIS _ NCAA Commissioner Mark Emmert holds annual Final Four news conference with the men’s college basketball still embroiled in a corruption scandal. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos, by 7 p.m. News conference scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

MAGGIE’S MISSION

NORMAN, Okla. _ For all the work Maggie Nichols has put into becoming a world-class gymnast, some of her most important moments in the sport these days are coming off the mat. Like sitting at a long table at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, welcoming a steady stream of children and their equally star-struck parents seeking autographs. As a meet continued just a few feet away, she signed away, marker gripped in her left hand. Nichols, a Minnesota native, is a superstar athlete for gymnastics power Oklahoma with four NCAA titles in hand, including the all-around title last year. Nichols is also Athlete A, the first person to tell USA Gymnastics that sports doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing her. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

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