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Sunday, February 17th 2019
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LAWMAKER-RECKLESS DRIVING PLEA

Lawmaker accused of DUI pleads guilty to reckless driving

(Information from: KQDJ-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker accused of drunken driving has pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

Republican Rep. Craig Headland, of Montpelier, was pulled over in October on Interstate 29 in Stutsman County. Troopers say Headland refused a field chemical test and was arrested for driving under the influence. That charge was dropped under the plea agreement.

KQDJ radio reports that Judge Troy LeFevre ordered Headland to pay a $500 fine and $250 in fees. He must perform 40 hours of community service and obtain a chemical dependency evaluation. He is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms for 360 days.

Headland was first elected to the state House in 2002. He was running for re-election at the time of the arrest.

Headland declined to comment Saturday to The Associated Press.

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FARGO SHOOTING

Fargo police detain man after shooting in apartment complex

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo police say they have detained a man after an early-morning shooting at an apartment complex on the city's southwest side.

Police responded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to a disturbance involving a man with a shotgun. Officers found an armed man in the stairwell of the building and also located a man with a gunshot wound on the third floor.

Authorities say the man who was shot is in stable condition.

No further details were released.

HOSPITAL-MUSIC THERAPY

Sanford Health launches Child Life program in Bismarck

(Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health in Bismarck is starting a new program in the hospital that uses music and entertainment to help children heal.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Dakotas-based health care provider launched the Child Life program in November with funds from the Sanford Health Foundation's "Above and Beyond" campaign.

The program also exists in Fargo and Sioux Falls.

Under the program, a child development specialist and a music therapist work with children throughout the hospital, including in the pediatric intensive care unit and at children's clinics. The specialists can help a child understand a diagnosis and prepare for a procedure, as well as play with the child and provide support to their families.

The cost of Child Life program services to families is free since it's financed by donations.

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OIL PRODUCTION

North Dakota oil production sets record in December

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production set a record in December.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.4 million barrels of oil daily in December. That's up from 1.37 million barrels in November.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.65 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in December, up from 2.52 billion cubic feet in November. There were 15,351 producing wells in December, down one from a record set in October.

The December tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 65 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Friday, up one from the December average.

LEGISLATURE-PIPELINE TAMPERING

North Dakota Senate passes pipeline tampering bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has passed a bill that better defines the legal consequences for people who tamper with pipelines and any groups that help them.

The measure passed 42-3 on Friday.

Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal of Edinburg sponsored the bill that was inspired by environmental activists who turned an oil pipeline valve in her northeast North Dakota district in 2016.

The legislation says it's illegal to damage energy facilities and other critical infrastructure facilities. It also would increase fines on organizations that conspire with individuals who tamper with infrastructure.

The bill wouldn't prevent the "lawful assembly and peaceful and orderly petition for the redress of grievances, including a labor dispute between an employer and its employee."

The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

FREE CAR-ATTENDANT

North Dakota House members buy car for parking attendant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House members have pitched in to buy a car for the Capitol's popular parking lot attendant.

An emotional Mark Johnstone was presented keys to the 2007 Ford Taurus on Friday.

Republican Rep. Don Vigesaa says Johnstone had been having problems getting to work because his old vehicle was unreliable. Vigesaa is a car dealer from Cooperstown and says he had a reliable trade-in on his lot.

Vigesaa says it was a bipartisan effort to raise money for taxes and license fees so Johnstone could get back on the road.

Johnstone was homeless for 30 years and is a recovering alcoholic. Lawmakers say he's turned his life around and is one of the friendliest and most helpful people at the Capitol.

Saturday, February 16th 2019
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OIL PRODUCTION

North Dakota oil production sets record in December

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production set a record in December.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.4 million barrels of oil daily in December. That's up from 1.37 million barrels in November.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.65 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in December, up from 2.52 billion cubic feet in November. There were 15,351 producing wells in December, down one from a record set in October.

The December tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 65 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Friday, up one from the December average.

LEGISLATURE-PIPELINE TAMPERING

North Dakota Senate passes pipeline tampering bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has passed a bill that better defines the legal consequences for people who tamper with pipelines and any groups that help them.

The measure passed 42-3 on Friday.

Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal of Edinburg sponsored the bill that was inspired by environmental activists who turned an oil pipeline valve in her northeast North Dakota district in 2016.

The legislation says it's illegal to damage energy facilities and other critical infrastructure facilities. It also would increase fines on organizations that conspire with individuals who tamper with infrastructure.

The bill wouldn't prevent the "lawful assembly and peaceful and orderly petition for the redress of grievances, including a labor dispute between an employer and its employee."

The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

FREE CAR-ATTENDANT

North Dakota House members buy car for parking attendant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House members have pitched in to buy a car for the Capitol's popular parking lot attendant.

An emotional Mark Johnstone was presented keys to the 2007 Ford Taurus on Friday.

Republican Rep. Don Vigesaa says Johnstone had been having problems getting to work because his old vehicle was unreliable. Vigesaa is a car dealer from Cooperstown and says he had a reliable trade-in on his lot.

Vigesaa says it was a bipartisan effort to raise money for taxes and license fees so Johnstone could get back on the road.

Johnstone was homeless for 30 years and is a recovering alcoholic. Lawmakers say he's turned his life around and is one of the friendliest and most helpful people at the Capitol.

THREE DEAD-DEPUTY INJURED

Sheriff: 3 dead, deputy injured in northern Minnesota

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities are investigating the deaths of three people, including a gunman who led sheriff's deputies on a car chase while exchanging gunfire.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office says deputies responding to a shooting in the City of Nevis Thursday found a woman dead outside a home shortly before 8 p.m. Deputies pursued the suspect, who fled in the victim's car.

Authorities have not released the name and gender of the suspect or how the three deceased are related.

Authorities say the suspect shot at deputies during the chase and struck one of them. The deputy survived.

The suspect's car ended in a ditch. Authorities say the suspect left the car and shot at deputies before getting back in and was later found dead in the vehicle. Another person who was shot was also in the car.

FAKE SERVICE ANIMALS

Bill makes it illegal to falsely claim pet as service animal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has passed a measure that makes it illegal to pass a pet off as a service animal.

Representatives voted 84-5 on Friday to approve the measure that would levy a fine of up to $100 for falsely claiming a pet as a service animal to "gain admission to a public place" or obtain housing.

The legislation does not include emotional support animals.

Jamestown Rep. Bernie Satrom says his bill is aimed at protecting disabled people who truly rely on service animals.

GOVERNOR TRAVEL

House bill aimed at disclosing travel, security costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has passed a measure that would require disclosure of the costs of the travel and security for state officials, including the governor, lieutenant governor and their families.

Republican Rep. Bill Devlin's bill comes after questions from lawmakers and the media about the level of personal security for Gov. Doug Burgum.

The House passed the measure 58-33 on Thursday.

The governor and Highway Patrol has claimed the records are protected by state laws that were put on the books following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Supporters of the bill argue the information is needed for budget reasons.

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