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Bill seeks to ease limits on North Dakota's 'castle' law

Jan. 22, 2021 1:33 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Far-right members of the North Dakota Legislature are taking another shot at easing restrictions on citizens' right to use deadly force in self-defense. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeff Magrum, would allow someone to use deadly force without retreating in certain...

Judge strikes down 'pore space' law challenged by landowners

Jan. 22, 2021 8:26 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has struck down a North Dakota’s law that landowners say takes away their property rights. The so-called pore space law passed the Legislature in 2019 after supporters sought clarification on the use of cavities in rock or soil. Pore spaces are used when the petroleum...

More North Dakota teachers willing to return to classroom

Jan. 21, 2021 2:49 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A survey sponsored by a union that supports North Dakota teachers shows more willingness by instructors and staff to return to the classroom, thanks to a drop in COVID-19 cases. The report by DFM Research of St. Paul, Minnesota said 52% of the 501 teachers and education support...

Senate fails to hold oil executives responsible for damage

Jan. 21, 2021 11:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to hold liable any corporate officer responsible for oil- and gas-related violations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber had lobbied against the bill, saying it unfairly...

North Dakota officials condemn pipeline permit revocation

Jan. 21, 2021 9:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the state’s all-GOP congressional delegation want President Joe Biden to reconsider his revocation of the permit for the long-disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of...

North Dakota bill would ban wastewater testing for COVID-19

Jan. 20, 2021 4:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker wants to ban testing of wastewater for the coronavirus, saying the practice violates the privacy rights of college students. Republican Rep. Claire Cory, of Grand Forks, introduced a bill that would prohibit wastewater testing “for genetic material or...

Bipartisan bill proposes taxpayers pay for lawmakers' meals

Jan. 20, 2021 3:50 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bipartisan legislation proposes that North Dakota taxpayers pick up the tab for lawmakers’ meals since dinners paid for by lobbyists and interest groups are now banned under voter-approved ethics rules. Republican GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich is sponsoring HB1424 that would allow...

Virus hospitalizations fall as state fixes computer glitch

Jan. 20, 2021 3:09 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Wednesday reported a dramatic drop in hospitalizations because of the coronavirus, due mostly to finding and fixing a computer glitch. The state Department of Health said in a release that the adjustment was made after officials resolved a problem with...

Trump grants clemency to 2 Minnesotans with drug convictions

Jan. 20, 2021 1:42 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted clemency to two Minnesota residents convicted of drug charges. Trump commuted the sentence of Cassandra Ann Kasowski, of Moorhead, who has served more than seven years of a 18-year sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and...

Vandalism, fire cause extensive damage at Bible camp

Jan. 20, 2021 12:16 PM EST

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Sheriff's officials are investigating after vandalism caused extensive damage at a Bible camp in eastern North Dakota. Someone set fire to a boys' cabin and caused other damage at the Cooperstown Bible Camp Monday night, according to authorities. Officials say someone drove...