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KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 10/27/17 - MORNING EDITION

The police chief of Rolla has been fired...

     ROLLA, N.D. (AP) - The police chief of Rolla has been fired. Mayor Scott Mitchell moved to remove Joe Boehm at a City Council meeting on Oct. 18 after the police chief said he would not resign at the mayor's request that morning. Mitchell cited the need to go "in a different direction" in his motion.
 
     The Bismarck Tribune reports council members voted 4-1 to remove Boehm. The former police chief says he is looking at other jobs and talking to attorneys. Boehm says the council removed him as he was trying to investigate an $800 overage on a police sergeant's phone, including many hours of personal phone calls.
 
     Boehm had been Rolla's police chief since March 2015. Sgt. Chris Wright has been acting chief of police since Tuesday.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The next hearing in the case of a Minnesota man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student in 2003 has been delayed six months. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. of Crookston, Minnesota, is appealing his conviction and sentence for kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Rodriquez filed what is considered his final appeal in 2011.
 
     U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson says the hearing is being moved from December to July to allow lawyers time to review evidence and "frame up the issues." Lawyers from both sides requested that Erickson remain on the case even though he has been elevated to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Sanford Health Plan will offer individual health insurance coverage on the federal marketplace in North Dakota next year, but only in certain areas. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says Sanford Health individual plans will be available on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange for people in Burleigh, Cass, Morton, Oliver and Traill counties.
 
     The insurer says it chose an option that enables it to still offer individual policies on the exchange to residents in the state's two largest urban areas - Fargo and Bismarck - while mitigating the impact to Sanford from the loss of federal payments.
 
     President Donald Trump earlier decided to halt cost-sharing reduction payments under the Obama health care law. Those payments to insurers help low-income customers with out-of-pocket costs such as co-payments and deductibles.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum and some lawmakers are criticizing compensation for employees of a tobacco prevention agency that was shut down this year. The Republican-led Legislature decided the Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, or BreatheND, duplicated anti-tobacco efforts by the Health Department.
 
     The agency closed June 20 and its nine employees were each given six months of salary and a cash payout equal to the cost of six months of health insurance. The severance package was a much sweeter deal than that given to state employees under a voluntary buyout program this year.
 
     Eric Johnson, a Grand Forks physician who served on BreatheND's executive committee and approved the payouts, defended them. He said they were "well within the limits of the law." They cost the state about $400,000 total.
 
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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A University of North Dakota journalism professor says he's quitting because the school would not let him conduct seminars on the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest.
 
     Mark Trahant says he was put in charge of a journalism lecture series and proposed two pipeline protest topics that were rejected. Last year, he wanted to hear from reporters who covered the protests. This year, he suggested talking about how the protest played out on social media. Trahant didn't say specifically who turned down his requests, other than to say "it went up to both the provost's and president's office."
 
     A spokesman for University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
 
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     LAKOTA, N.D. (AP) - A former church in Lakota has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Register is the federal government's list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lakota was built between 1884 and 1886. The state Historical Society says the stone church is an excellent example of the High Victorian Gothic/Second Gothic Revival architectural style.

 

 

 

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