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North Dakota officials warn of contractor scam in oil patch

Jan. 18, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general's office is warning about a scam involving bogus contractors who have been taking advantage of unsuspecting rural homeowners in the oil patch. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday he has issued a cease and desist order against Gorman General...

North Dakota Gov. Burgum pardons 16 low-level pot offenders

Jan. 17, 2020 3:26 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday that he has pardoned 16 people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes, the first wave in what may be thousands under a new policy the first-term Republican said gives former offenders a second chance. The policy adopted last year allows...

North Dakota dioceses release list of accused clergy members

Jan. 2, 2020 5:03 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's two Roman Catholic dioceses on Thursday released a list of 53 clergy members who have had substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Bishop John Folda of the Fargo Diocese said in a statement that the list is the result of a “thorough review” of...

New Jersey company sues North Dakota over anti-spoofing law

Dec. 18, 2019 10:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A New Jersey company that sells caller identification spoofing services is suing North Dakota over its new law which makes it a crime to use false caller ID information with intent to defraud or mislead. SpoofCard LLC says the law is unconstitutional and that federal law takes...

Group files brief in defense of North Dakota abortion law

Dec. 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An anti-abortion group has filed a brief in defense of a North Dakota law that requires doctors to inform women that they can reverse the procedure when it is carried out with medication, even though the science behind that claim is disputed. Heartbeat International Inc. and its...

Group begins process to legalize marijuana in North Dakota

Dec. 6, 2019 8:56 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has submitted the required paperwork to the secretary of state to begin the approval process. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have up to seven days to review the proposed measure...

AP Exclusive: Officials claim $36K fees after critical audit

Dec. 4, 2019 5:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State College of Science's president and two vice presidents are billing the state more than $36,000 in legal fees after a prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against them in the wake of a critical audit report, records obtained by The Associated Press show....

AG won’t pursue charges after audit found misspent funds

Dec. 3, 2019 3:10 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general won’t pursue criminal charges against state library employees after an audit found some misallocated funds. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says in a letter to state Auditor Josh Gallion that the issue did not reach a level of...

North Dakota pardons OK’d under marijuana conviction policy

Nov. 27, 2019 1:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing....