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A Grand Forks woman who killed a man over a drug deal has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison....

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Grand Forks woman who killed a man over a drug deal has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Thirty-two-year-old Krystal Feist pleaded guilty in February to charges including murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy. Authorities say she shot 24-year-old Austin Forsman in March 2016 while Forsman sat in a vehicle at a Grand Forks truck stop. U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says Feist was sentenced Tuesday.
     The investigation into Forsman's death resulted in the indictment of 13 people in connection with what authorities say was a large methamphetamine ring in North Dakota and Minnesota.
     Thirty-five-year-old Modesto Torrez, of Angus, Minnesota, was convicted last month of several charges including murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy. He's to be sentenced Dec. 1.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Four more suspects this month either pleaded guilty or agreed to do so in a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam in the U.S. That leaves just five of the 15 defendants still scheduled for trial in January.

    Prosecutors believe it's the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam prosecuted in the U.S. Authorities allege it bilked at least 90 Americans out of more than $5.7 million. It's being prosecuted in North Dakota, where authorities began investigating after a woman lost her life savings of more than $300,000 in 2011.

    Two suspects remain fugitives. Thirteen others have been arrested and brought to the U.S. to face charges. Six of them have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the past four months. In return for the guilty pleas, the government is dropping fraud and money laundering counts.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says he regrets lying to a Highway Patrol trooper about the amount of alcohol he had consumed prior to being arrested for drunken driving. In a video released Tuesday by the patrol, Rauschenberger told Trooper Tarek Chase that he had "like one drink .... like three hours ago."

    The 34-year-old Republican was arrested in Mandan on Sept. 30. An arrest report showed he had blood alcohol content of 0.206 percent, which is more than twice the state's 0.08 legal limit. Rauschenberger says he should have been "more upfront with the trooper."

    Rauschenberger pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was given a 10-day suspended jail sentence and put on unsupervised probation for a year.


     ARTHUR, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say an electrical malfunction probably caused the fire that destroyed a popular dance barn in eastern North Dakota last week. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says the fire started on the ground level of Arthur's Barn near the electrical junction box.

    The sheriff's office and the state fire marshal's office on Tuesday identified the probable cause of the fire that destroyed the venue formerly known as Johnson's Barn. Firefighters from Gardner, Arthur, Hunter and Grandin responded to the blaze Thursday afternoon. No one was hurt. The barn hosted hundreds of events through the years.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order granting an hours-of-service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane.  

    North Dakotans face extremely low inventories of propane supplies due to market disruptions caused by hurricanes and other severe seasonal weather, the order states. North Dakota farmers also face an increased need for propane fuel to dry late-harvested grain resulting from drought conditions during this year's growing season.

    Waiving the hours-of-service requirements will ensure that carriers, agribusinesses and farmers can obtain the propane they need through the fall and winter months.

    North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring requested the waiver. It will remain in effect for 30 days.


     FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Two Western governors are warning the Trump administration against making big changes in a plan to protect a ground-dwelling bird across the West, saying it would send a message to states not to bother working together to save other imperiled species.

    Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Wyoming Republican Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday a 2015 conservation plan designed to save the greater sage grouse was the product of long negotiations among state and federal governments, conservation groups, industry and agriculture.

    The plan is designed to protect the bird without putting it on the Endangered Species List, which usually brings restrictions on oil and gas drilling, mining and agriculture.

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in June his department would consider changing the plan to give states more flexibility.


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