Latest North Dakota state government News

North Dakota court overturns life term in cut from womb case

Aug. 22, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge overstepped by giving a life prison sentence to a man whose girlfriend cut the baby from the womb of an unsuspecting neighbor, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday, ordering that the man be resentenced. William Hoehn, of Fargo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit...

High court upholds dismissal of pipeline security case

Aug. 22, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied an appeal by state regulators who sought up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline. Justices in an opinion released Thursday upheld Judge...

North Dakota Supreme Court throws out life sentence for man convicted in 2017 slaying of woman whose baby cut from body

Aug. 22, 2019 1:00 PM EDT
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Supreme Court throws out life sentence for man convicted in 2017 slaying of woman whose baby cut from body.

Spill revelation raises questions about North Dakota system

Aug. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department's acknowledgment this week that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas is hundreds of thousands of gallons larger than reported raises questions about how many other spills and leaks are underreported — and state officials were not...

Burgum picks Panos as North Dakota's transportation director

Aug. 16, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed a former Wyoming transportation commissioner to lead North Dakota's transportation department. Burgum says William Panos will start the job in North Dakota on Oct. 21. He replaces Tom Sorel, a former Minnesota transportation commissioner who resigned...

Patrol, Burleigh County get fed permission for drones

Aug. 13, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have received federal approval to operate drones over populated areas. The patrol said the capability to fly the drones should result in safer ways to document crash scenes and be a powerful tool to help with...

Landowner asks US Supreme Court to review pipeline dispute

Aug. 13, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota landowner is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up his challenge of an energy company taking some of his land for a proposed natural gas pipeline near Minot. Montana-Dakota Utilities seeks to build a 3,000-foot-long (915 meters) pipeline to service a BNSF Railway...

Heitkamp says she won't run for governor

Aug. 9, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — If former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp tries to resurrect her political career, she says it won't be through a run for governor. Heitkamp tells the Bismarck Tribune that she won't run. Heitkamp says she is "just not interested in a running a two-year campaign." Heitkamp was reacting to a...

Opponents of refinery location take case to Supreme Court

Aug. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two environmental groups who say North Dakota regulators should have intervened in the location of an oil refinery near the state's top tourist attraction, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, are taking their case to the state Supreme Court. The Public Service Commission last year...

North Dakota officials to study decline in rural groceries

Aug. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

DRAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are planning a legislative study to better understand how to ensure groceries are available in rural areas where shops have been closing. State Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, a Wyndmere Democrat, sponsored a resolution calling for a study of the distribution and...