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A 61-year-old Cathay man has died after his pickup collided with a freight train in central North Dakota....

     NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. (AP) - A 61-year-old Cathay man has died after his pickup collided with a freight train in central North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the man was driving to work Thursday morning when he failed to yield to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near New Rockford. KQDJ radio reports the pickup rolled into the ditch. The man died at the scene. No railroad workers were hurt. The name of the victim was not released. The crash remains under investigation.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Federal legislation aimed at protecting Native American women and girls from violence, abduction and human trafficking is named for Savanna Greywind, the pregnant Fargo woman who was killed and whose baby was taken.
     U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduced Savanna's Act Thursday in Washington. The legislation would improve tribal access to certain federal crime information databases. Heitkamp says that access will help solve crimes and develop prevention strategies. The bill would also create standardized protocols for responding to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans. And it would require an annual report to that would include statistics on missing and murdered Native American women.
     Two of Greywind's neighbors have been charged with conspiring to kill her and take her infant. They have pleaded not guilty.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a proposal that would compensate power plants for keeping coal on hand and add value to North Dakota's coal. The Bismarck Tribune reports the proposal issued Friday to the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission would pay power plants for having 90 days' worth of fuel on-site. The department says the proposed rule would make power plants more reliable and necessary to power production when renewables aren't available.
     Opponents of the proposal question how much on-site fuel improves a source's reliability.
     The coal industry in North Dakota competes mostly with wind energy. The state's mines are located in the mouths of power plants, making the coal power generated in North Dakota more comparably priced to natural gas plants.


     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - The University of Jamestown is facing $210,000 in fines for allegedly violating federal law relating to annual security reports. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disseminate an annual security report to employees and students. It must include information on campus crime and efforts to improve campus safety. KQDJ radio reports that the federal Education Department has notified the university of violations dating to 2010.
     The school said many of the department's findings were "procedural or clerical in nature." University spokeswoman Tena Lawrence says the safety of students is of the utmost importance to the school. The university has until Oct. 20 to decide if it will appeal the fine.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Microsoft says it will team up with communities in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Wyoming and Washington state in a program broadly aimed at fostering economic growth in rural and smaller metropolitan areas.

    Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program Thursday in Fargo, a metropolitan area of more than 200,000 people that includes a Microsoft campus with about 1,500 employees. Smith says the six communities are different by design and not all have a Microsoft presence. Smith says TechSpark is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment meant to help teach computer science to students, expand rural broadband and create and fill jobs. North Dakota currently has more than 13,000 job openings.

    The company has also selected Appleton, Wisconsin as one of the sites. The other communities will be announced later.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue farm aid nonprofit in the Plains has reached another milestone. The organization this week is delivering donated hay to south central North Dakota rancher Doug Bichler. He lost his right arm in a hay baling machine accident this past summer, while also dealing with devastating drought. It's the 500th case for Farm Rescue since it was started in 2005.

    Farm Rescue provides free physical labor for farmers and ranchers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana and Nebraska. Founder Bill Gross says he considers it an honor to have been able to help 500 farm families who have experienced crises.

    Bichler is still recovering from his ordeal and says the assistance from Farm Rescue will help him keep his herd of cattle through the winter.



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