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Mom charged in son's starvation death gets 25 years
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a northwest North Dakota woman to 25 years in prison for her teenage son's starvation death after a plea agreement.
Thirty-six-year-old Jessica Jensen of Kenmare pleaded guilty to two charges Friday: murder and child neglect or abuse.
She had reached a plea deal in July that called for her to spend 16 years in prison for the 2014 death of 13-year-old Aidan Bossingham. But District Judge Gary Lee rejected the agreement, citing the "severity of the charges."
Lee sentenced Jensen to the longer prison term Friday. He said he was relieved that no jury would have to view the photos he saw of the boy's 21-pound body after his death.
KXMC-TV reports that Jensen acknowledged not getting proper medical treatment that would have saved Aidan's life.
FARGO POLICE SHOOTING
Bail set at $100,000 for Bismarck man who was shot by police
(Information in the following story is from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com)
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Bail for a Bismarck man who was shot by a Fargo police officer after he allegedly pointed a replica gun at the officer has been set at $100,000.
Karmen Redshirt is charged with terrorizing, reckless endangerment and refusing to stop for police. He has not entered a plea.
Friday's arraignment hearing was held in a Fargo hospital room. KFGO radio reports that Redshirt swore during the hearing and tried to argue with the judge. The defendant was handcuffed and shackled to a hospital bed.
Redshirt was driving a stolen car on the night he was shot. His wife was in the car and spent about a day in jail.
Redshirt's public defender could not be reached for comment after working hours on Friday.
Bus driver hurt in crash with semitrailers near Kindred dies
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The driver of a school bus involved in a crash with three semitrailers in dense fog at an intersection near Kindred a week ago has died.
Fargo's Boulger Funeral Home confirmed to The Associated Press that Cathy Jostad died early Friday and said funeral arrangements were pending.
Jostad had both of her legs amputated after the crash Sept. 25.
None of the 32 students aboard the bus was seriously injured in the crash, but Jostad was pinned in the wreckage and it took rescue crews more than half an hour to free her and take her to a Fargo hospital.
State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler issued a statement saying she was "deeply saddened" by Jostad's death.
HUDSON BAY PROJECT
UND drone students help with ongoing polar bear project
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History who have spent five decades studying polar bears in far northern Manitoba had help this past summer from an unmanned aircraft team from the University of North Dakota.
Museum research and senior project scientist Robert Rockwell says the team was the first to gain permits to develop drone technology in a Canadian national park. The group conducted nearly 90 test flights for the so-called Hudson Bay Project.
The drones were used to study the overabundant geese in the region, their impact on the tundra landscape and the impacts of their nests being invaded by hungry polar bears.
The 5½-pound Styrofoam flyer was launched via catapult and took phots at one-second intervals that were stitched together to show a picture of the ground.
North Dakota's pronghorn gun hunting season gets underway
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's pronghorn gun hunting season is underway.
The gun season began at noon Friday and runs through Oct. 18. The bow-only season was last month. Bow hunting also is allowed during the gun season.
Pronghorn have been slowly rebounding after being decimated by three straight severe winters starting in 2008. Last year's limited hunting season was the first in North Dakota since 2009.
The state made 410 licenses available in three hunting units this fall, up from 250 licenses in only one unit last year. About 6,500 people applied for a license this year — about 16 people for every one license available.
Valley City State University inaugurates new president
(Information in the following story is from: KOVC-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com)
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — New Valley City State University President Tisa Mason has officially taken the reins.
Mason was inaugurated on Thursday, officially becoming the school's 13th president.
KOVC radio reports that Mason said she's honored to lead the university as it enters its 125th year.
The state Board of Higher Education hired Mason about a year ago to succeed Steven Shirley, who left to become president of Minot State University.
Mason previously served as vice president of student affairs at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Senators from the Dakotas make friendly bet on football game
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune have made a friendly wager on the outcome on Saturday's football game between North Dakota State University and South Dakota State.
If SDSU wins, Hoeven will give bison steaks to Thune. If NDSU wins, Thune will give meats and cheeses to Hoeven.
The Bison and Jackrabbits square off at 6 p.m. Central time in Brookings, South Dakota. The game will be televised on Midco Sports Network, NBC North Dakota and ESPN3.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard also made a friendly wager. The loser will make a donation to the charity of the other's choice.
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