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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 07/02/14 - MORNING EDITION

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says drunken driving arrests and binge drinking among teens are down in North Dakota but...

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says drunken driving arrests and binge drinking among teens are down in North Dakota but drug trafficking by Mexican cartels is soaring in the state's booming oil patch.
 
     Stenehjem spoke Tuesday to the Legislature's interim Judiciary Committee about the status of substance abuse in the state.
 
     Stenehjem says illegal drug cases are on the rise statewide but especially in western North Dakota. He says drug cases have become more complex and dangerous for law enforcement because most drug dealers are "armed and organized."
 
     The binge drinking rate among North Dakota teens had been among the highest in the nation. Stenehjem says the rate is now comparable to the national average.
 
     Stenehjem says DUI cases also have dropped since the state enacted tougher penalties last year.

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GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - Police say three children are out of the hospital after strong winds lifted an inflatable bounce house they were in Saturday into the air and into a nearby river.
 
     Grafton assistant police chief Tony Dumas says torrential rains and strong wind gusts caused the children to travel more than 200 feet before landing in the Park River. He couldn't say how high they went.
 
     Dumas says one of the children was transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. The other two children were treated at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. All three children have since been released.
 
     Several officers used paddle boats to get out on the river and rescue the children.
 
     Dumas says a Fargo-based company brought the bounce house and other games to Grafton's annual Summerfest.

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man who pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
 
     29-year-old Shawn Narvais was sentenced Tuesday in Northwest District Court. Narvais admitted to having about 4,500 images and movies of child pornography. Narvais also confessed to viewing child pornography since he was a teenager.
 
     District Judge Todd Cresap told Narvais he should consider himself lucky he wasn't tried in federal court. Cresap said his sentence would've been more severe.
 
     Cresap sentenced Narvais to five years of supervised probation after he completes his prison term.

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A second post office has opened in Williston to serve western North Dakota's oil patch.
 
     The Badlands Station Post Office opened its doors Monday morning.
 
     The Postal Service has struggled to keep up with tremendous growth in Williston and other oil patch communities in recent years as tens of thousands have moved to the area for work. Long lines and late deliveries have frustrated residents of the area.
 
     U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the Postal Service has often not been able to deliver mail on time and maintain its standards in western North Dakota. She says the new office is an important step toward remedying that.

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