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The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man found guilty of murder in the slaying of a homeless man in Minot three years ago....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man found guilty of murder in the slaying of a homeless man in Minot three years ago. A jury in January 2016 convicted 40-year-old Anthony Campbell of killing 25-year-old Shannon Brunelle in September 2014.
     Brunelle was found stabbed to death in an apartment building garage where he had been staying, and Campbell was arrested in Philadelphia after a nine-week search. He was later sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.
     The Minot Daily News reports that Campbell appealed, maintaining the judge made mistakes regarding evidence and testimony allowed or disallowed at trial. Supreme Court justices recently rejected those arguments.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two men accused of ramming a private security officer's truck during protests in southern North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline last October have avoided trial.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that Michael Fasig and Israel Hernandez each faced felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. They'll have those charges dismissed if they successfully complete probation on lesser misdemeanor counts of menacing and criminal mischief.
     Fasig must pay $2,000 in fees and fines and stay out of trouble for the next year. Hernandez must pay $325 in fees, complete 50 hours of community service or pay $500 within a year, and commit no crimes within the next nine months. A judge in July dismissed a felony terrorizing charge against co-defendant Brennon Nastacio in connection with the incident.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A search committee reviewing applicants for a new North Dakota land commissioner has narrowed the field to eight people. The Bismarck Tribune reports the committee narrowed the selection from 32 applicants on Thursday. The names of candidates were not named under a new state law that took effect August 1st. Interviews are scheduled next week.
     Incumbent Lance Gaebe was appointed in 2010 by then-Gov. John Hoeven and his term expires at the end of the year. He reapplied for the position.
     The commissioner manages the state Land Department. The agency leases rights for grazing rights and rights to produce oil, coal and gravel from state lands. The state Board of University and School Lands oversees the Land Department. Gov. Doug Burgum is chairman of the board.

     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - The University of Jamestown plans to appeal a $210,000 fine for allegedly violating federal law relating to annual security reports. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to give an annual security report to employees and students. It must include information on campus crime and efforts to improve campus safety.
     The Bismarck Tribune says the case will be referred to the Department of Education's Office of Hearings and Appeals. The university has said previously the alleged violations were "procedural or clerical in nature." The University of Jamestown is a private, nonprofit college with campuses in Jamestown and Fargo.


     WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - The Richland County Commission is paying back the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flooding projects. The Wahpeton Daily News reports that the county will likely pay nearly $125,000 to FEMA that was allocated to repair township and county roads. The agency says it was excess money given to the county for repair from floods in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
     County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht says FEMA originally asked for millions of dollars to be returned because some of the projects lacked the necessary permits, but the county has since fulfilled that obligation. The money will be taken from county's general fund.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man fired from his job with the city of Fargo is asking the City Commission to overturn his termination. Aaron Cockfield was fired August 22 because officials said he had assaulted one of his bosses a month earlier during a confrontation in the break room of the city solid waste facility where he had worked for nine years. The city said there was clear evidence that Cockfield was the aggressor. Cockfield maintains he acted in self-defense when confronted by an angry supervisor.
     KFGO radio reports that the city's Civil Service Commission last month denied his appeal. City commissioners will take up the matter at a special meeting later this month.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought conditions have improved in the Dakotas over the past week, especially in North Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows less than half of South Dakota and only about one-third of North Dakota in some stage of drought. There are no longer any areas of extreme drought in North Dakota, though about 4 percent of South Dakota remains in that category. Severe drought has diminished to 17 percent in South Dakota and only 3 percent in North Dakota. The Drought Monitor credits recent rainfall for the improvement and says farming conditions in North Dakota "are currently very good."



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