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North Dakota Legislature repeals Sunday morning shopping ban

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday repealed the nation’s toughest Sunday business restrictions — rules that are rooted in religious tradition and that have been in place since statehood. Senators voted 25-21 on the House bill repealing the ban on ...

Key player in Jamaican lottery scam could face long sentence

BISMARCK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in North Dakota are seeking a prison sentence for a Rhode Island woman who funneled lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica that’s more than double what they sought for the scheme’s ringleader. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan O’Konek said a ...

Tougher for lawmakers to tap oil savings under resolution

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters may get to decide if it should be tougher for the Legislature to tap earnings from the state’s oil tax savings account. Democratic Rep. Corey Mock, of Grand Forks, told the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee on Monday that he thinks voters ...

Legislature mulls abortion, budget, missing people, logo

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature is standing by to see whether first-term GOP Gov. Doug Burgum signs or vetoes the first bill restricting abortion that he's been sent since taking office. Meanwhile, several pieces of major legislation are still being negotiated by ...

Project says provides ‘hope’ for 16K abused, neglected kids

ROGERS (AP) — Project Ignite Light, which provides backpacks filled with basic but useful items to abused or neglected children entering the social services system, has helped more than 16,000 children North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota since its launch in 2008, group representatives ...

ND Supreme Court justice learns to play bagpipes

BISMARCK (AP) — Lisa Fair McEvers blew air into her bagpipes, careful not to be too loud as the drones began to sound. "I don't want to be bothering Al Jaeger. He's right next door to me," the North Dakota Supreme Court justice said, standing in her office near the wall she shares with the ...

North Dakota Legislature passes ‘abortion reversal’ bill

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature has approved a bill that would require abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Senators approved the so-called “abortion reversal” ...

Senate kills bill outlawing sobriety checkpoints

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has defeated a measure that would outlaw sobriety checkpoints in the state. Senators voted 36-10 to kill the House bill on Thursday. It would have required “reasonable suspicion for certain traffic stops.” Bismarck GOP Rep. Rick ...

Legislature urges Congress to ban abortion after 20 weeks

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature has passed a resolution urging Congress to follow the state’s lead and ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Senators passed the House resolution on Thursday. North Dakota passed a law in 2013 that outlaws abortions after 20 ...

Legislature passes bill to fund projects beyond oil patch

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has endorsed a major spending plan aimed at rebuilding infrastructure projects outside of the state’s oil patch. The Senate voted 46-0 on Thursday for the House bill aimed at providing $250 million in every two-year budget cycle for counties, ...

ND Legislature bumps expected tax collections

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Legislature slightly increased tax collection expectations Thursday for the next two-year budget cycle due to faith in stable oil prices and increased production. House and Senate appropriation committees predicted general fund tax collections at just under ...

ND dioceses move slowly on naming problem priests

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota's Roman Catholic dioceses are mulling whether and when to release information about priests accused of sexual abuse, even as critics say they are moving too slowly following explosive revelations in Pennsylvania last year. The Bismarck Diocese, the state's ...

Senate kills bill aimed at disclosing governor’s costs

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate has killed 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. The Senate voted 30-15 to kill the House bill on Wednesday. Republican Rep. ...

Report: Drug overdose deaths in ND on a decline

BISMARCK (AP) — The number of fatal drug overdoses in North Dakota has dropped slightly since a deadly peak in 2016, a decline one health official attributes to a state overdose prevention campaign. North Dakota introduced the Recovery Reinvented Program in 2017 and began distributing ...

ND Legislature doubles driver’s license fees

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Legislature has agreed to raise driver’s license fees for the first time in more than 30 years. The House passed the Senate bill 65-25 on Wednesday that raises commercial and non-commercial driver’s license fees from $15 to $30. It now goes to Gov. Doug ...

State engineer: Fund for water projects also shortchanged

BISMARCK (AP) — The possible misallocation of millions of dollars in North Dakota oil money may have affected a third constitutional fund, lawmakers were told Wednesday. The Legislature for the past few weeks has been dealing with the revelation that about $137 million in state revenue from ...

CDC: Drug overdose deaths declined in North Dakota in 2017

BISMARCK (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths in North Dakota has declined after hitting a record number in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drug overdose deaths in North Dakota dipped to 68 in 2017 after a record 77 deaths were reported in 2016. Human ...

Seasonal load restrictions start on some ND state highways

BISMARCK – Seasonal load restrictions are planned to be placed on some North Dakota state highways as early as next week. The North Dakota Department of Transportation normally places load restrictions on some state highways from March to May, depending on weather. Motorists are encouraged to ...

Amendments offered to GOP ethics bill to mirror Dem measure

BISMARCK (AP) — Several amendments were offered Tuesday to a Republican bill on ethics reform aimed at making it closer to what supporters say voters wanted when they approved reform in the midterm election. The constitutional amendment passed in November was framed as anti-corruption, with ...

GOP leaders wary of rosier-than-expected revenue forecast

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican legislative leaders expressed caution Monday after an updated revenue forecast showed North Dakota's treasury expects to collect about $1 billion more in state taxes over the next two-year budget cycle than what lawmakers expected just two months ago. The forecast ...