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FEDERAL WATER RULE-INJUNCTION
Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction Thursday against the Obama administration rule. The rule gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Thirteen states led by North Dakota asked Erickson to suspend guidelines they say are unnecessary and infringe on state sovereignty. The federal government says the new rule clarifies ambiguity in the law and makes it easier for the states to manage some waterways.
The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming.
AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR-LAWSUIT
Woman alleges sexual harassment at American Crystal Sugar
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota woman has sued American Crystal Sugar, alleging she endured years of sexual discrimination and harassment when she worked at the company's East Grand Forks plant.
Janine Bailey filed her lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Thursday. In it, the Grand Forks woman claims her co-workers and bosses made inappropriate statements and played demeaning pranks on her, such as hiding her tools.
KFGO-AM reports that Bailey claims she was told "women are dumb" and that women didn't belong there. She also claims she was retaliated against after she filed an earlier discrimination claim.
American Crystal Vice President Lisa Borgen tells KFGO that the company vigorously denies the allegations. She says the company doesn't tolerate discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
OIL AND SALTWATER RELEASE
Oil and saltwater release contained in Williams County
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says about 2,100 gallons of oil and 12,600 gallons barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered on a site just outside of Williston.
StatOil Oil and Gas LP reported Wednesday's incident to the state division.
The company reported that the cause of the contained fluid release at the oil and gas well is listed as equipment failure, which caused a tank to overflow. The site is about 15 miles northwest of Williston.
A state inspector has been out to the location.
EBOLA VACCINE TRIALS
Sanford Health seeks patients to test Ebola vaccine
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is seeking 30 patients from Sioux Falls and Fargo, North Dakota to enroll in a clinical trial testing an Ebola vaccine.
The program, which is sponsored by Merck, will explore the vaccine's ability to safely generate antibodies that could protect against future exposure to the virus. Trial participants are required to receive a single shot. Ninety percent will get the vaccine, and the remaining 10 percent will receive a placebo.
The study is open to adults ages 18 to 65 who have not previously had Ebola or been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Ebola attacks the immune system and organs and causes internal and external bleeding.
Sanford Health is based in Sioux Falls and Fargo.
ND man accused in fatal boat crash makes court appearance
(Information in the following story is from: KZZY-FM, http://lrradioworks.com)
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The attorney for a 54-year-old Grand Forks man facing criminal charges in a fatal boat crash says he's devastated by the incident.
KZZY-FM reports that Thomas Burns did not speak or enter a plea during a court hearing Thursday. Burns' attorney, Darla Schuman, said he continues to be under medical care for his injuries.
Authorities allege that Burns was intoxicated on August 9th when a boat he was driving on Devils Lake struck a tree about 30 yards from shore. He is charged with felony manslaughter, felony reckless endangerment and boating under the influence.
Twenty-six-year-old April Stenger of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was killed. Three other passengers were injured.
District Judge Lee Christofferson set bail at $20,000 and required frequent alcohol testing and monitoring of Burns, with no boating or fishing.
Sport fishing OK'd for 4 wildlife refuges in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing sport fishing on four national wildlife refuges in northeastern North Dakota.
The Ardoch, Lake Alice, Rose Lake and Silver Lake refuges all are part of the Devils Lake Wetland Management District.
North Dakota's congressional delegation announced the change. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says hunting and fishing is permitted when those activities are compatible with an individual refuge's purpose and mission. Hunting is now permitted on 336 wildlife refuges, and fishing on 275 refuges.
N DAKOTA ST-STIPENDS
FCS power North Dakota St to provide athlete stipends
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State says it will start providing stipends to scholarship athletes in all 16 sports beginning next year with a goal of paying the full cost of attending college.
Officials with the school that has won four straight Football Championship Subdivision titles say the anticipated additional cost will be up to $3,400 per full scholarship.
The proposal to help players with miscellaneous expenses originated with the most powerful conferences at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Those schools approved the legislation in January.
NDSU officials say they believe that Liberty University is the only other mid-major offering cost of attendance scholarships for all sports.
An NCAA spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone message left Thursday.
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