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FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi seeing big virus outbreak in state legislature

Jul. 10, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June...

BCI to investigate Fargo officer's actions during protest

Jul. 10, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent review of Fargo's former deputy police chief, who went undercover without telling anyone during a May gathering in memory of George Floyd, the attorney general's office said Friday. Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson...

Burgum: disaster declaration issued for North Dakota floods

Jul. 10, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for widespread spring flooding in North Dakota. according to Gov. Doug Burgum. Burgum’s office said flooding has caused an estimated $40 million-plus in damage in roads and other public infrastructure in North Dakota. A...

North Dakota man told to pay $74K for poaching mule deer

Jul. 9, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in northwestern New Mexico. The state Department of Game and Fish reported Wednesday that Cody Davis also was ordered to make a $3,000 donation to the Operation Game Thief program....

North Dakota companies get $1.7B in government virus loans

Jul. 9, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A foundation that supports North Dakota’s biggest tourist attraction and Gov. Doug Burgum’s real estate development firm were among hundreds of thousands of businesses and nonprofits across the country to get loans from the Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection...

Powerhouse electronic pull tab gaming devices idled in ND

Jul. 8, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general has suspended the license of company that operates electronic pull tab devices in the state. Powerhouse Gaming has improperly installed pirated software on its devices in violation of the law, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Wednesday. The...

North Dakota regulators reject mandatory oil production cuts

Jul. 7, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Tuesday rejected imposing mandatory production cuts on the oil industry. Both Texas and Oklahoma rejected similar proposals this year as oil prices fell during the coronavirus pandemic. The three-member North Dakota Industrial Commission decided unanimously...

South-central North Dakota courts prep to resume jury trials

Jul. 3, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A number of safety changes are being implemented as courthouses in the South Central District of North Dakota prepare for resuming jury trials July 14 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The precautions include some physical changes that will be noticeable, such as the installation of...

North Dakota health officer thrust into middle of pandemic

Jul. 2, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Taking over North Dakota’s health department in the middle of the coronavirus has been a whirlwind for Dr. Andrew Stahl, who said Thursday that his busy schedule has not allowed him time to appear in public. Stahl took over as interim health officer in late May for Mylynn Tufte,...

North Dakota chancellor says he will donate 2.5% pay raise

Jun. 30, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Tuesday approved a 2.5% pay raise for the university system chancellor, who said he will donate the money. The increase for Mark Hagerott is the maximum amount approved by the state Legislature. It would bump his annual salary of $374,400...