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PARKING RAMP WOES
New $13M Bismarck parking ramp has tricky spots
Some motorists are finding it difficult to maneuver around a $13 million parking ramp that opened in downtown Bismarck this month.
Rocky Gordon with the city's Parking Authority tells The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1waQNWn) that there have been 10 accidents in three weeks. He says some drivers are having a tough time seeing concrete barriers when they turn into different sections of the ramp.
Parking Authority Chairman Jim Christianson says officials have painted the barriers yellow and plan to add fluorescent flags.
The ramp has 300 spots for Sanford Health staff, 125 for city employees and about 90 for the public. They rent on a monthly basis.
ND officials tally 4 tuberculosis cases in October
(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota health officials have tallied four tuberculosis cases in October.
Dee Pritschet is the TB controller at the North Dakota Health Department. Pritschet tells the Bismarck Tribune that the number of cases is not unusual as the state typically sees between five and 12 cases every year.
North Dakota's last tuberculosis outbreak was in 2012. Twenty-six cases were reported that year.
Pritschet adds that October's cases were reported in various areas of the state.
ND man charged for sending nude picture to minor
(Information in the following story is from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) A 27-year-old North Dakota man who authorities accuse of sending a nude photo to a minor is facing one charge.
KXMB-TV reports that John Webster has been charged with dissemination of obscene materials.
Court records show the Dickinson man used the messaging photo app Snapchat to send the photo to the minor.
A judge has set a $5,000 bond for Webster. He has been ordered to have no contact with the minor.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 8.
It's unclear whether Webster has an attorney.
ND oil patch road projects offer quiet to towns
ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) State officials say the completion of bypasses in the North Dakota oil patch towns of Watford City and Alexander will improve the quality of life in those communities.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi and local officials gathered in Watford City and Alexander Tuesday to mark the completion of the projects.
The bypasses and a partially completed expansion of U.S. Highway 85 cost the state $200 million.
Levi says about 13,000 vehicles traveled through Watford City and Alexander every day when no bypasses had been built.
Jodi Stover is the owner of a convenience store on Alexander's main drag. Before the bypass, the street was clogged with oil field traffic. Stover says she didn't really notice how loud the traffic was until it was gone.
NORTH DAKOTA ABORTION LAW
North Dakota court upholds medical abortion law
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a lower court judge and upheld a state law limiting the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies.
The Supreme Court, in its ruling made public Tuesday, overturned a district judge's ruling that called the 2011 law unconstitutional.
East Central District Judge Wickham Corwin called the law "simply wrongheaded" following a three-day trial last year. He previously granted an injunction preventing it from taking effect.
Medication abortions at North Dakota's sole abortion clinic in Fargo involve the use of a combination of two drugs, Mifeprex and misoprostol.
The North Dakota law maintains that the use of any drug to cause an abortion must meet certain standards. Misoprostol is not labeled as an abortion-inducing drug and, therefore, could not be used by the clinic.
Police say shooting death in ND was accidental
(Information in the following story is from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com )
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) Police have concluded that an 18-year-old high school student accidentally shot himself at his home over the weekend.
West Fargo Police tell KFGO-AM that Zachary Myoget died at a Fargo hospital. Detective Tim Runcorn says Myoget was showing the gun to friends when it went off.
Several people were in the garage of the Myoget's home when the incident occurred early Saturday.
Runcorn says the investigation is now closed.
Harvests of most late-season crops near end in ND
FARGO, N.D. (AP) Harvesting of most late-season crops is wrapping up in North Dakota after a week of unseasonably warm weather and little rain.
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the flaxseed, dry bean, potato and soybean harvests all are more than 90 percent done.
The harvests of corn and sunflowers remain behind the long-term average pace.
About 85 percent of the state's winter wheat crop has emerged, on pace with last year.
The report says North Dakota ranchers are busy weaning and marketing calves.
Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 72 percent good to excellent. Stockwater supplies are 96 percent adequate to surplus.
OIL PIPELINE PERMITS
43 groups to intervene in SD Keystone re-approval
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) The state Public Utilities Commission has approved nearly 45 applications from individuals and groups that want to have a say in South Dakota's decision on whether to re-approve the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state if it's ever built.
Only 15 applications requesting "party status" were submitted to the commission when the pipeline that would transport oil south from the Canadian tar sands was initially approved by the state in 2010.
Party status allows a government entity, nonprofit organization or individual to cross-examine witnesses as part of the approval process.
Fifteen of the applicants were from Nebraska. Attorneys for the pipeline's operator, TransCanada Corp., objected to the Nebraska residents intervening because it said they didn't qualify under state law.
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