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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 08/06/14 - PM EDITION

A jury has found a Michigan man guilty of stabbing his friend to death at an oilfield crew camp....

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A jury has found a Michigan man guilty of stabbing his friend to death at an oilfield crew camp.  WDAZ-TV reports that Ryan Anderson, of Iron River, Michigan, was convicted today of killing 32-year-old Christopher King, also of Iron River, in March 2013.
 
     Authorities say the attack was part of an alcohol-fueled dispute at a crew camp between Ray and Tioga. A defense attorney argued that Anderson had acted in self-defense.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.
 
     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.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota oil officials presented state regulators an industry-funded report today that says Bakken oil is no more dangerous to transport by rail than other crudes and fuels.
 
     The North Dakota Petroleum Council's report is contrary to a federal assessment that says Bakken oil may be more flammable than other crudes. The reports come after a string of fiery accidents involving Bakken crude.
 
     Industry consultant Dennis Sutton told the North Dakota Industrial Commission the two reports agree that characteristics of Bakken oil are similar, but he says the reports reached different conclusions on its volatility.  Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he intends to question U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on the federal report when the men visit Bismarck on Friday for a national energy policy conference.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Supporters of requiring North Dakota schools to start the academic year after Labor Day have submitted petitions to Secretary of State Al Jaeger.  Jaeger says the sponsoring committee delivered 403 petitions today that the group said contained about 16,500 signatures. Supporters need 13,452 valid signatures to get the proposal on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.  Jaeger's office has until Sept. 10 to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to force a public vote.
 
     Supporters of mandating a post-Labor Day start to the school year say it would give families more time to enjoy summer weather, and also boost tourism. Opponents say many students are participating in fall sports before Labor Day anyway, and a later start would push the end of the school year past Memorial Day.
 
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     MILWAUKEE (AP) - An energy delivery company has asked Wisconsin officials to approve the construction of a 14-mile oil pipeline in the northern part of the state.
 
     The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the request made by the Enbridge Energy Co. would represent the final piece of its 610-mile project. Enbridge says the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline stretching from North Dakota to northwestern Wisconsin will give Midwest refiners greater access to domestic oil. The company wants to begin construction in 2016.
 
     North Dakota officials have already approved their section of the pipeline, while officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin are still reviewing the proposal.  Many groups have expressed concern about Enbridge's track record. The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on Aug. 25 to discuss potential environmental consequences.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota company has agreed to let federal inspectors have unfettered access to a sand and gravel mine that is the subject of workplace safety complaints.  The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Jamestown-based Northern Excavating Co. last month accusing the company of hindering inspection efforts.  Court documents say workers have complained to the Mine Safety and Health Administration about the lack of protective equipment and other violations.
 
     An order signe today by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson says the company reserves its right to challenge any citations, but its business manager will remain inside the office or leave the premises during any inspections.   Defense attorney Maurice McCormick was not immediately available for comment.

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    MINOT, ND - Minot Police have updated a missing person report. 41-year old Floyd Dell Hayes Jr disappeared from the parking lot of Town & Country Shopping Center July 31st.  Yesterday, police received reliable information indicating Hayes boarded a train in Rugby in route to the "east coast". The person who contacted police said he assisted with the purchase of the ticket for Hayes. Hayes has made similar unplanned trips in the past and appeared to be medically stable to the person who had contact with him.

    Officers say at this time he is still listed as a missing person and will remain on that status until law enforcement has contact and confirms his wellbeing and whereabouts.  If you have further information about Hayes, please contact the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111.

 

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

 

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