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North Dakota's Land Board is awarding $18 million in grants to fund airport and infrastructure improvement projects in the state's oil patch.....

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Land Board is awarding $18 million in grants to fund airport and infrastructure improvement projects in the state's oil patch.  Governor Jack Dalrymple announced there grants Wednesday.
     Dalrymple's office says $9.1 million will go to infrastructure improvement in 13 western North Dakota cities.  Another $8.9 million will go to airport improvement and expansion projects in Williston, Watford City, Crosby, New Town, Bowman and Mohall.
     The Land Board's grants to North Dakota airports are in addition to the more than $18 million in federal grants the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded state airports in May and June.
     The infrastructures of western North Dakota's towns have struggled to keep up with sharp population growth in recent years brought on by the oil boom.

     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An eastern Montana man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for his role in trafficking methamphetamine in the Bakken region. The Billings Gazette reports U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced 52-year-old Robert Ferrell of Fairview yesterday, departing below the guideline range because he has diabetes and liver disease.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Supporters of changing North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law can begin circulating petitions to try to bring the issue to voters. Supporters need to gather at least 13,452 valid signatures by August 6th to get a proposed measure on November's general election ballot. It would change a requirement in North Dakota law that says majority ownership in pharmacies in the state must be held by a registered pharmacist.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota postmaster is accused of collecting emergency salary advances he had authorized for his employees. Edmond Sharp IV is charged with misappropriation of postal funds and false statements. Prosecutors say the scheme took place between June 2013 and this past February while Sharp was the postmaster in Beulah.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Grand Forks attorney cleared of murder conspiracy charges won't be able to practice law for a few more months. The state Supreme Court has lifted Henry Howe's interim suspension resulting from the conspiracy charge but he must serve the rest of a six-month suspension he got in March stemming from his handling of an immigration case.

     LEITH, N.D. (AP) - The town spokesman in Leith says the community is ready to celebrate the end of what he calls "nine months of terror." Officials are inviting the governor and members of the congressional delegation to Leith's 105th birthday bash next month. The town also wants to mark the end of its clash with a white supremacist who tried to take over.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have. Deputy Recorder Lisa Kunze says 40 of the 68 same-sex marriage licenses filed in the county have been between two North Dakotans. Five more involved one North Dakota resident. Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota in August.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk has been appointed to the National Coal Council. Kalk says he was appointed to the position last week by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Kalk taught at North Dakota State University before he was elected to the PSC in 2008.


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


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