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A frequent North Dakota political candidate has lost a bid to have the results of the 2012 gubernatorial race thrown out....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A frequent North Dakota political candidate has lost a bid to have the results of the 2012 gubernatorial race thrown out.  Paul Sorum ran as an independent gubernatorial candidate and wanted his Republican and Democratic challengers removed from the ballot because of a technicality.
     Sorum argued that the candidates didn't fill out forms correctly because they didn't list their running mates.  South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen ruled Thursday that Sorum failed to make his case.
     Gov. Jack Dalrymple won the election. Democrat Ryan Taylor finished second. Sorum got less than 2 percent of the vote.  The Bismarck man also has unsuccessfully sought GOP endorsements to run for the U.S. Senate and governor.  


     DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor is in Dickinson today to discuss venting and flaring on public lands with government, tribal and oil and gas officials.  Connor's visit is a part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan to create jobs and cut carbon pollution.
     North Dakota drillers currently burn off, or flare, a record 36 percent of the gas that's a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil. The development of pipelines and processing facilities that can capture gas hasn't kept pace with oil drilling.
     The North Dakota Industrial Commission considered a proposal in April that would cut back on the state's booming oil production to control the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Grand Forks lawyer accused of conspiring with two other men to kill a confidential informant has been cleared of all charges in the case.  Northeast District Judge Jay Schmitz signed an order today dismissing the case against 73-year-old Henry Howe.  Howe was originally charged with murder conspiracy. It was later downgraded to witness tampering.
     Defense attorney David Thompson says the case never should have been brought in the first place. He says the prosecution's main witness, Steven Anderson, is a "con man of the first order" who has 27 criminal cases on his record in North Dakota and Minnesota.
     Walsh County prosecutor Barbara Whelan was not immediately available for comment.
     Thompson says Howe, whose license was suspended by a state disciplinary board, wants to return to practicing law.


    MINOT, ND - A Minot policeman has received a high honor.  The Minot Police Department says Senior Officer Jason Bambenek was awarded the 2014 Drug Recognition Expert Officer of the Year.  The award was presented at the Law Enforcement Summit in Bismarck on April 16th.  The award was presented to Sr. Officer Bambenek by Grant Levi, Director of ND Dept. of Transportation and Mark Nelson, Interim Deputy Director for Driver and Vehicle Services, NDDOT.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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