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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 07/24/14 - NOON EDITION

An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there.....

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there.  Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy says the fire at Red River Supply will need to be fully extinguished before investigators can determine what caused it.  He also said the half-mile voluntary evacuation zone that was cordoned off has been lifted since the fire is mostly out.
 
     North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair says air quality tests at the site showed levels "that would not raise concern."  Hallesy says the air quality in Williston was worse when smoke from Canadian wildfires passed over western North Dakota several weeks ago.
 
     The fire began about midnight Monday and burned most of Tuesday.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man who's been questioned in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in Spokane, Washington, has won his fight for evidence to be used against him in a separate illegal weapons case.
 
     James Henrikson was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms after investigators found guns in a safe in his Watford City home. His lawyer argued the warrant didn't authorize police to contact the safe manufacturer for the lock combination, and the evidence should be excluded.
 
     Henrikson wants to go to trial quickly. He requested a new attorney and asked a judge to withdraw the motion to suppress evidence. The judge agreed.
 
     Henrikson did business in North Dakota's oil patch with Doug Carlile, who was shot and killed by an intruder in his Spokane home in December.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal government says insurers owe North Dakota customers about $69,000 in refunds because of a provision in the nation's health care law.  The Health and Human Services Department released figures Thursday showing that 947 North Dakotans will be getting refunds, averaging $139 per family.
 
     The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on patient care and quality improvement or return the difference to consumers and employers.
 
     Employers can apply refunds in ways that benefit workers or take a discount on future premiums. Individual policyholders owed refunds will get checks, reimbursements to their credit card accounts or see reductions in future premiums.
 
     Refunds nationwide total more than $332 million, with an average of $80 per family.

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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man accused of tying nooses around the necks of his ex-wife and his son and pulling them behind an SUV has pleaded guilty to terrorizing and reckless endangerment.   Isaac Gould was accused of tying nooses around his family members' necks in July 2013. At a court hearing Tuesday, Gould's defense attorney said he admitted the charges as described by prosecutors.
 
     Gould pleaded guilty to charges involving his wife as part of a plea agreement that would drop the same charges involving his son. Judge David Nelson said he will review the results of a presentence investigation and decide whether to accept the agreement.   The terms of the deal call for Gould to be sentenced to serve eight years in prison, with credit for time already served.
 

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     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man was taken to a Grand Forks hospital after crashing his pickup truck into a train.  The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident happened shortly before 2:30 am today. Authorities say the 33-year-old man from Brooten, Minnesota, collided with the BNSF Railway train at a crossing just west of Grand Forks.  The patrol did not immediately identify the man or disclose information about his injuries. Authorities said damage to the train was unknown.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo police arrested a woman who allegedly became drunk and unruly on a flight into Hector International Airport.  KFGO radio reports that the 35-year-old Fargo woman was taken to jail late Wednesday on a charge of resisting arrest. Formal charges were not immediately filed.  Authorities allege the woman assaulted a flight attendant and was combative with police officers. The FBI is investigating.

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     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - Mayor Dennis Johnson says Devils Lake is opposed to a proposal by BNSF Railway to allow increased train speeds on a section of track in the city.  Johnson tells KZZY radio that BNSF is planning to double the current 30 mph limit on a nearly mile-and-a-half-long section of track, starting next month. The mayor says the city believes that will create a safety risk.
 
     BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the section of track is rated for the higher speed. And she says it doesn't necessarily mean that all trains will be traveling that fast.  McBeth says the railroad is always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its trains.
 
     The City Commission plans a special meeting on Monday with railroad officials.

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     SEATTLE (AP) - Three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard in Seattle early this morning, but Burlington Northern Santa Fe says none of the oil spilled.
 
     Gus Melonas says a locomotive and buffer car loaded with sand also left the rails about 2 am at the Interbay yard as the train with 102 cars of Bakken oil was pulling out, headed for a refinery.  The BNSF spokesman says the train was traveling at about 5 mph at the time. Two of the tankers are leaning, and one at a 45-degree pitch will be pumped out. It holds 27,000 gallons of oil. No one was injured.
 
     Melonas says crews expect to have the cars back on the rails and the track repaired by midnight tonight.


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

 

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