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North Dakota officials say an oil company failed to report a nearly 470 barrel brine spill last month until a landowner alerted health officials....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials say an oil company failed to report a nearly 470 barrel brine spill last month until a landowner alerted health officials. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Great American Royalties Inc. filed a report Monday about a tank that overflowed on September 24th about 12 miles northwest of Maxbass.
     Companies are required to provide a verbal notification to state regulators immediately after a spill is discovered and follow up with a written report within 24 hours. Todd Ballantyne, president of Great American Royalties, says the spill wasn't reported because it was small and totally contained. Officials say the failure to report the spill could result in fines of up to $12,500 a day.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says President Donald Trump's plan to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law could potentially raise health insurance costs as much as 10 percent for up to 42,000 state residents. Godfread plans to ask insurers who sell policies on the health insurance exchange to absorb some of the impact to keep costs down for consumers.
     Godfread says the development also has the potential to bring another insurer back into the North Dakota insurance marketplace. Medica earlier announced it was leaving due to uncertainty over the cost-sharing reductions.
     The subsidies help make insurance affordable for people with modest incomes. A coalition of state attorneys general is planning to sue. The North Dakota attorney general office isn't commenting on whether it's included.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man accused of raping a woman in rural Williams County two years ago has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. Twenty-two-year-old Jean-Michael Kisi and another man were charged in November 2015 after sheriff's deputies found the 24-year-old woman covered in blood and walking along a road near Epping. She was flown to a Minot hospital to be treated for injuries. The woman told deputies she was traveling with the men in a vehicle when an argument ensued and she was assaulted.
     A jury in June found Kisi guilty of gross sexual imposition and accomplice to attempted murder, and acquitted him of conspiracy charges. Court documents show he was sentenced Thursday.
     Co-defendant David Mbulu was sentenced in September to serve 30 years in prison.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Six deputies have left the McKenzie County Sheriff's Office since the sheriff was reinstated two months ago.
     Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger following his removal proceeding on allegations of bullying and retaliation. Deputy David Christensen quit earlier this week along with two other deputies. Christensen tells the Bismarck Tribune morale has been "extremely bad" and that he plans to file a state labor complaint and pursue a civil lawsuit.
     Schwartzenberger says he gave everyone a fresh start after he was reinstated in August. He says if deputies quit the department that's their choice. One deputy decided to retire after 24 years with the department.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo couple says a North Dakota program discriminated against them by denying them an adoption because they weren't yet married.
     James and Tahnee Young are suing Catholic Charities for $6.5 million. They say they were matched up with a 15-year-old girl in foster care five months before their July wedding date and had hoped to have the teen as a bridesmaid.
     The Youngs said they became suspicious when they failed to receive the necessary paperwork and were eventually told the adoption was off because the couple was "living in sin" before they were married.
     William Harrie, attorney for Catholic Charities and the employees named as defendants, did not respond to email and telephone messages for comment Thursday and Friday. His office said he was tied up with a trial.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought conditions in the Dakotas have remained stable over the past week.
     The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows about three-fourths of each state in some stage of drought, almost unchanged over the week. The eastern regions of both states are no longer listed as being even abnormally dry.
     About one-fifth of North Dakota and one-third of South Dakota remain listed in severe or extreme drought. Those areas stretch roughly from northwestern North Dakota to south central South Dakota.
     The Drought Monitor says a hard frost in South Dakota on Tuesday brought the growing season to an end for most of the state.


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