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Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a Michigan man accused of fatally stabbing his friend at an oil field crew camp....

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a Michigan man accused of fatally stabbing his friend at an oil field crew camp in North Dakota.  WDAZ-TV reports that deliberations in the trial of Ryan Anderson, of Iron River, Michigan, began Tuesday after jurors heard closing arguments.
     Anderson has pleaded not guilty to murder in the March 2013 stabbing death of Christopher King during what authorities said was an alcohol-fueled dispute at a crew camp between Ray and Tioga, northeast of Williston.  
     Anderson's trial was moved to Grand Forks after his attorney successfully argued he couldn't get a fair trial in Williams County because of extensive news coverage of the case.  Anderson could face life in prison without parole if convicted.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota official says no announcement was made regarding the inmate who escaped a corrections facility last week because he was not considered a public threat.
     Thirty-six-year-old Michael Engst was arrested in Breckenridge, Minnesota, after he walked away Wednesday from the low-risk, minimum-security Missouri River Correctional Center in Bismarck.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that corrections officials alerted law enforcement in both states about the escapee, but did not notify the public.  Tim Tausend is the spokesman for the North Dakota Department of Corrections. He says Engst "posed no real threat to the public" as his case consisted primarily of drug offenses.
     The newspaper reports Engst was sentenced on May 27 to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft of property.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed Bismarck attorney James Hill to a judgeship in the South Central Judicial District Court. Hill replaces Donald Jorgensen who stepped down from the bench in July after three decades. Hill has worked as a trial attorney in Bismarck since 1981. He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Bismarck for five years.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - This has been a good year for people investing in companies that provide fracking technologies and other services in the oil patch. A California-based online brokerage says the yearly return on its basket of stocks called Frack Attack hit a high mark of more than 49 percent last month -- 30 points higher than the Standard & Poor's 500 index of large companies.

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - About 200 union employees are on strike at the J.R. Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks. They've rejected a company proposal to move workers from five eight-hour days to four 12-hour days. They're also unhappy with plans to raise health care premiums and shift from pensions to 401(k) plans. The company says it needs the changes to be more competitive.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota health officials say a Richland County woman in her 50s has the state's first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. But she didn't have to be hospitalized. North Dakota had more than 120 cases last year.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A nonprofit group hopes to turn so-called zombie homes in Minot into low-income rental housing. The city has been grappling with the problem of properties that have been neglected or abandoned after the devastating 2011 Souris River flood. Plum Valley Developers wants to use $1.5 million in state flood relief money to buy 28 of the zombie homes, raze, them, and lease the land to management companies.

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


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