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KHRT ND NEWS - MONDAY - 10/16/17 - NOON EDITION

Bismarck's police chief is promising more information about a police shooting outside a motel....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck's police chief is promising more information about a police shooting outside a motel. Chief Dan Donlin says additional details about the shooting will be released today. KFGO reports a male suspect was shot and wounded Sunday while responding to a call and was attacked by the suspect before he got out of his squad car.
 
     Police say the officer was repeatedly punched in the head and had his eyes gouged. The officer tried using a stun gun on the man, but it didn't stop the attack so the suspect was shot in the abdomen. The man was taken to a local hospital. His condition has not been released. The officer was treated at the hospital for head and serious eye injuries.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The family of a Minnesota teenager found dead in a North Dakota State University dorm last month says he died of a heart problem. The family of 17-year-old Devin Delaney told WCCO-TV that the medical examiner's report says he died in his sleep due to problems associated with an inflammation of the heart. It's most commonly the result of a viral infection.
 
     The family says the report indicates Delaney's blood tested negative for drugs and alcohol, and that his death is listed as being the result of natural causes. The teenager from Burnsville died after being found unresponsive in the NDSU dorm in Fargo on September 17th. He had been visiting friends at the school and attending a music festival there.
 
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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - One of two main BNSF Railway tracks in northwestern North Dakota has reopened after a derailment. Two trains were operating on adjacent tracks when they derailed Friday afternoon. Forty-three cars went off the tracks. No one was hurt, and no hazardous materials were spilled. Railroad spokeswoman Amy McBeth tells the Minot Daily News that one of the main tracks reopened Sunday, and the second should reopen in a few days.
 
     Amtrak passenger trains also use the tracks. Amtrak for a time used buses to move passengers between Williston and Minot, but spokeswoman Vernae Graham says operations are now back to normal.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Preliminary numbers from the state show that fewer emergency teacher certifications have been issued in areas of teacher shortages this year in North Dakota compared to last year.
 
     The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board released data showing that there were 25 alternate licenses distributed for the 2017-2018 school year. Those licenses were issued through an emergency measure that allows people without a teacher license to teach for a year. The Bismarck Tribune reports that, that compares to the 83 such licenses issued during the 2016-2017 school year.
 
     The newspaper reports it's unclear why the numbers dropped, but it could stem from North Dakota's new law that increased teacher flexibility and federal legislation that loosens regulations on teacher licensing.
 
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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Adult education programs around North Dakota are dealing with a one-third cut to their funding. Minot Daily News reports that about 10 percent of the state's population between the ages of 16 and 55 don't have a high school diploma or GED diploma.

    State director of adult education Valerie Fischer says many people don't understand how valuable adult education is. Supporters of adult education programs say investing in them can lead to big benefits, since those with diplomas earn more and are less likely to rely on welfare programs. Adult education officials say the children of GED earners also tend to have better educational outcomes.

    The funding cut has led to a decrease in programs offered at the Minot Adult Learning Center's satellite sites.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal plan to let hunters shoot trumpeter swans has drawn fire from some of the people who toiled to bring the majestic white birds back from the brink of extinction.

    Trumpeter swans have made a comeback thanks to efforts to reintroduce them. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan aimed at letting hunters shoot them in states that allow the hunting of tundra swans, a more numerous species. Officials say no state is proposing a hunting season for trumpeter swans, but they acknowledge the proposal opens up the possibility.

    Brad Bortner with the Fish and Wildlife Service says the plan is mostly designed to protect hunters in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, North Carolina and Virginia who mistake a trumpeter swan for a tundra swan.

 


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