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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 09/28/17 - NOON EDITION

The North Dakota Legislature will challenge Gov. Doug Burgum over his veto powers....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature will challenge Gov. Doug Burgum over his veto powers. The bipartisan Legislative Management Committee voted today to pursue the litigation in the state Supreme Court, after meeting behind closed doors to talk about strategy.
 
     The Republican-led Legislature adjourned on April 27, and Burgum used his line-item veto during the following week to change parts of several spending bills. Legislators contend the governor violated his veto powers by deleting words or phrases that would have changed the intent.
 
     Burgum says in a statement that the intent of the vetoes "was to protect executive branch authority, preserve the separation of powers and prevent spending of scarce state resources without full legislative review." He says the lawsuit isn't a "prudent use of taxpayer dollars."
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The American Indian leader who spearheaded opposition to the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has been ousted as Standing Rock Sioux chairman. The unofficial vote count in Wednesday's tribal election shows that Dave Archambault got 37 percent of the vote and Mike Faith got 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat in a statement today, saying he'll "continue to advocate for the issues facing our community."
 
     The tribe opposed the pipeline over fears it would harm cultural sites and the tribe's Missouri River water supply. Protests failed to stop it, though the tribe is still fighting it in court. Archambault's call earlier this year for large-scale protest camps to disband upset some tribal members.
 
     Faith says he's not sure how big of an issue that was in the campaign. He says the reservation has numerous other problems.
 
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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - One of the two defendants accused of conspiring to kill a Fargo woman and take her infant has pleaded not guilty to charges. KVRR -TV reports an attorney for William Hoehn entered the pleas Tuesday on behalf of his client to conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and giving false information to officers. Hoehn's girlfriend, Brooke Crews, is also charged in the case and is due in court today.
 
     The two were neighbors of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind. Her newborn was found in their apartment days after she disappeared. Her body was found in the Red River a few days later. The baby is in the custody of her father, Greywind's boyfriend.
 
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     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The state Board of Higher Education has rejected a request for a special meeting to discuss the contract of the North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott. Board member Mike Ness said during today's meeting in Devils Lake that he wanted to talk about Hagerott and possible legal action that "could be related to the events of the last couple of weeks." Ness was not specific.
 
     Hagerott earlier this week asked for an investigation into what he said was pressure from people who wanted interim University of North Dakota president Ed Schafer punished for endorsing a governor candidate. Hagerott's request came on the heels of his decision to fire vice chancellor Lisa Feldner.
 
     The motion by Ness failed because of a 4-4 vote.

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     WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) - The city of Washburn will spend $5,550 to install security cameras in its City Hall following allegations of employee harassment by the City Commission president. President Larry Thomas calls the allegations bogus and says the security cameras are a waste of money.
 
     A citizens group has been collecting petition signatures to recall Thomas, and has until Nov. 6 to file for a special election. The Bismarck Tribune reports that City Auditor Joan Zimmerman recently sent an email to commissioners saying employees were "nervous" to be in the building with Thomas. Thomas says he's never threatened anyone.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Washburn man convicted of committing sex crimes against a boy in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison. Thirty-eight-year-old Russell Everett Jr. was charged a year ago and convicted by a jury in June. The Bismarck Tribune reports that he was recently sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
 
     Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Marina Spahr had asked that Everett be sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. Judge Bruce Haskell went well beyond the recommendation, summarizing Everett's history of substance abuse and his criminal record before handing down the life sentence. Everett told the judge he maintains his innocence.

 


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