Latest Wayne Stenehjem News

Group sues North Dakota over 'pore space' law

Jul. 30, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota landowners group is suing the state over a new law related to compensation for the use of cavities in underground rock formations. The Northwest Landowners Association said the law that takes effect Thursday amounts to the unconstitutional taking of private property...

Teddy Roosevelt library money won't be challenged at polls

Jul. 24, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's signature project that commits public money for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library in the western part of the state won't be challenged at the polls. Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz headed an effort seeking to overturn the Legislature's...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Jul. 18, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of...

Legislator says law limiting state auditor is a 'mistake'

Jul. 17, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who backed a new law that requires the state auditor to get the North Dakota Legislature's approval for conducting performance audits said Wednesday he will introduce legislation next session to overturn it. Approval of the measure to clip the auditor's wings,...

North Dakota clears way for pardons on marijuana offenses

Jul. 10, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's pardon advisory board on Wednesday unanimously backed a policy change that will allow people with low-level marijuana convictions to apply for pardons and have their records wiped clean if they don't commit another crime for five years. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and...

AG: Law limiting state auditor likely unconstitutional

Jun. 28, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general says a new law that requires that state auditor to get approval from a legislative committee to conduct performance audits is likely unconstitutional. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued the opinion Friday just days before the law was to take...

Report: Drug arrests, assault reports up in North Dakota

Jun. 27, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new report released Thursday finds drug arrests and aggravated assault reports increased last year in North Dakota, state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said. "This year, as always, there is some good news and some bad news," Stenehjem said after unveiling North Dakota's crime...

North Dakota abortion clinic files federal suit over 2 laws

Jun. 25, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's sole abortion clinic filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over two state laws it believes forces doctors to lie, including one measure passed this year requiring physicians to tell women that they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. The...