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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 08/05/14 - MORNING EDITION

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says backers of a proposed conservation fund ballot measure have submitted their petitions....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says backers of a proposed conservation fund ballot measure have submitted their petitions.  Jaeger on Monday said he received 1,970 petitions, which supporters have estimated have more than 41,000 signatures.
 
     Conservation advocates want a bigger slice of North Dakota oil tax revenues for a fund to benefit water, wildlife and parks projects. Backers want 5 percent of the state's oil extraction taxes for the fund. That would raise about $150 million during the 2015-17 budget period. The current fund is capped at $30 million.
 
     Opponents say they worry that a bigger fund would take away from other critical needs.
 
     Jaeger has until Sept. 8 to certify whether supporters submitted the necessary 26,904 signatures to appear on the November ballot.

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     VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's superintendent of public instruction wants to put together a statewide student cabinet.  KOVC-AM reports that superintendent Kirsten Baesler would like the group to have between 12 and 18 members who would provide feedback on ideas being considered by the Legislature and the Department of Public Instruction.
 
     Baesler says students as young as 9 or 10 years old can have useful opinions about education proposals. She says the group would include middle and high school students and possibly a few pupils in elementary school.  The station reports students would meet in the fall and the spring.

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     OAKES, N.D. (AP) - A man initially accused of murder in a fatal hit-and-run in southeastern North Dakota has been sentenced on lesser charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.
 
     KFGO radio reports that 23-year-old Dakota Sutton reached a plea deal with prosecutors under which he pleaded guilty and received a 20-year prison term.  Authorities alleged that Sutton was drunk in April 2013 when he forced 28-year old Reavis Dandridge out of his truck on a road in Oakes, then struck him and left him for dead.
 
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     VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - The National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota to develop two research centers.  U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced the award Monday. The universities will receive the federal funds over five years.
 
     The money will be used to develop a Center for Regional Climate Studies and a Center for Sustainable Materials Science. Faculty from both universities will participate in the centers.  Heitkamp says the funds will also expand programs to North Dakota's Tribal Colleges to help Native American students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
 
     The money was authorized through a National Science Foundation program that assists rural universities in expanding their academic research.
 
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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - School officials haven't decided yet whether to break ground for Williston's new high school this fall or wait until spring. Voters approved a $34 million bond measure in June to help pay for the school on about 30 acres of donated farmland. The district's enrollment has soared in the past few years. The new high school is scheduled to open in fall 2016.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has finalized this year's small game and furbearer regulations, with most season structures similar to last year.  One change is that trappers using snares must now register with the department. Another is that licenses will be more expensive, due to increases approved by the state Legislature last year.  Prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed this fall because of low populations of those birds.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State wildlife officials say the early Canada goose hunting season in North Dakota will begin on August 15th and last for a month except in the Missouri River Zone. Hunters trying to thin the goose population will be limited to 15 a day.
 


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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