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Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota say they're honored President Barack Obama will visit today....

     CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - Residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota say they're honored President Barack Obama will visit today - but they also want to see results on issues he promised years ago to address.  Obama's trip marks his first to Indian Country as president and only the third by a sitting president in almost 80 years.
     Locals say they hope to show him their traditions at their ceremonial pow wow grounds. But they also hope he sees their issues: the lack of adequate housing, health care and education, among others, that plague the reservation and other parts of Indian Country.  Obama has said he wants to hear firsthand about challenges Native Americans face and plans to announce initiatives to help Indian economies.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A preliminary hearing for a Burleigh County man accused of killing his mother last spring has been pushed back.  The Bismarck Tribune reports that 38-year-old Christopher Vick appeared in court Thursday, but the hearing was pushed back as Vick voiced concerns about the judicial process. He took issue with the presence of cameras in the courtroom, his lack of ample time to examine evidence and his attorney.
     Vick is charged with felony murder for the death of 62-year-old Alice Vick, who died May 30 of a blow to the head.   Vick is serving a prison sentence related to the same incident. He earlier pleaded guilty to felony charges of attempted murder and felonious restraint for stabbing his brother's fiancee and holding her against her will.  


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The death of a person in central North Dakota is being attributed to hantavirus disease.  The state Health Department did not identify the adult victim or say where the person lived.
     It is the first case of the disease spread by infected mice since 2009. Only 12 cases have been reported to the state Health Department since 1993, when the virus was first recognized in the U.S. There have been seven deaths in North Dakota including the most recent one.
     Epidemiologist Michelle Feist says people should take precautions if they are cleaning in areas where signs of rodents are present.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An administrative law judge recommends that Minnesota regulators approve an expansion of Enbridge Energy's Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.  Enbridge wants to increase the line's capacity from the current 570,000 barrels per day to 800,000 by adding new pumping stations.
     Judge Eric Lipman concluded Thursday that Enbridge has demonstrated a need for the added capacity. His recommendations now go to the Public Utilities Commission, which must approve major energy projects in Minnesota.
     Climate change activists oppose the Alberta Clipper and other Enbridge construction or expansion projects in the works because they carry Canadian tar sands oil. Extracting that oil is an energy-intensive process that generates greenhouse gases.
     The Alberta Clipper runs 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, across northeastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin.

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota has broken ground on a new $122 million School of Medicine and Health Sciences building.  The 325,000-square-foot facility northwest of Ralph Engelstad Arena will put all of the medical school's departments under one roof. Some of the departments have been housed in separate locations on the Grand Forks campus because of a lack of space.
     UND President Robert Kelley says the new building will help educate the health care workforce necessary for the health and vibrancy of North Dakota's growing population.  North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple was among the dignitaries on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday.
     The state Legislature last year approved money for the project. Construction is expected to wrap up by July 2016.


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


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