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A Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday afternoon....

    Bismarck, ND (AP) - A Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday afternoon.  The National Weather Service says a potent low pressure system will produce moderate to heavy rain showers and scattered thunderstorms across western and central North Dakota today into Sunday. The heaviest precipitation will occur today into tonight, then end from south to north Sunday.  Rainfall amounts between 1 and 3 inches are possible across much of the area with the potential for even higher amounts.

    Rainfall over the past week has kept soil moisture very high across western and central North Dakota. Additional heavy rain could lead to overland flooding and flooding of creeks, streams and some rivers.


     WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The reigning North Dakota teacher of the year is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a student more than five years ago.  A complaint filed Friday in East Central District Court charges Aaron Knodel with five felony counts of corruption or solicitation of a minor. He's scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 5.
     Knodel is an English teacher and speech and debate coach at West Fargo High School. His lawyer, Robert Hoy, says Knodel is not guilty and successfully passed a polygraph test.
     Authorities say the incidents happened in February or March of 2009, including twice in a classroom. The alleged victim was 17 years old at the time.
     West Fargo school officials are recommending Knodel be placed suspension without pay or benefits until the case is decided.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Another Minnesota state agency has asked regulators to consider rerouting the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline.  In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, the Department of Natural Resources asked the PUC to strongly consider one of several alternative routes for the Enbridge Energy pipeline that would pose fewer risks to northern lakes and other natural resources.  The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency expressed similar concerns earlier this month.
     Canada-based Enbridge wants to build the line to carry North Dakota oil across northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin passing near Itasca State Park and Park Rapids.  Enbridge has said the proposed alternative routes are longer, would add $185 million to $455 million to the costs, and could delay the project three years.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - People who want to change North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law have successfully pushed the matter to a public vote. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office has verified that submitted petitions have enough valid signatures to put the proposed measure on the November 4th general election ballot.

     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Bond has been set at $3,000 cash for a man accused of violating probation in a case that involved the deaths of more than 100 horses in Burleigh and Morton counties. Sixty-four-year-old William Kiefer pleaded guilty last year to mistreating animals and was sentenced to six months in custody and two years' probation. He's now accused of violating probation terms by buying a horse and having a horse and a mule in the backyard of his home.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is establishing an environmental crimes office in North Dakota. The EPA's Criminal Investigation Division is opening an office in Bismarck to address issues in the state's oil patch. An EPA spokeswoman says the agency signed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rent office space in Bismarck.  


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota has been awarded more than $255,000 in federal grants to encourage students to eat healthy.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started the program to help with implementation of the agency's nutrition requirements.
     Sen. John Hoeven says the grant will help give schools flexibility to meet the requirements because a "one size fits all standards" does not work around the country.  Hoeven says the previous rule did not allow schools to meet the needs of athletes or others whose dietary needs do not fit the guidelines.


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


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