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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 10/19/17 - MORNING EDITION

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River.....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River.
 
     The idea is part of a fallback plan proposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in August in case U.S. District Judge James Boasberg eventually decided to allow the four-state pipeline to continue operating while federal officials do more study on the $3.8 billion project's impact on the tribe.
 
     Boasberg ruled on October 11 that oil could keep flowing from western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois, as it has been since June 1. President Donald Trump earlier this year pushed through the pipeline's completion.
 
     On Wednesday, Boasberg conferred with attorneys on both sides of an ongoing tribal lawsuit against the pipeline and set a timeline for arguments on Standing Rock's proposal. It includes increased public reporting of pipeline issues such as repairs, and implementation of an emergency spill response plan - including equipment staging - at the crossing beneath the Missouri River's Lake Oahe reservoir.
 
     The tribe gets its water from the reservoir and fears harm from any spill. Standing Rock is the leader of four Sioux tribes hoping to convince Boasberg to shut down the line, which Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners maintains is safe.
 
     Boasberg won't make a decision until the Army Corps of Engineers, which permitted the project, completes more study that he ordered in June on the pipeline's impact on Standing Rock. The additional review isn't likely to be completed until next spring, according to the Corps.
 
     Boasberg in his ruling allowing pipeline operations to continue noted that the Corps and ETP had not yet expressed their positions on the tribe's "alternative relief" plan and said he would hear arguments on the matter. He'll make a decision on the proposal sometime after mid-November under the timeline for arguments that he set Wednesday.
 
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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota and Minnesota governors have named members of a task force that will explore options for the stalled Red River diversion project around the Fargo-Moorhead area.
 
     The group has eight members from each state and includes representatives from the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority, which is suing to stop the project. The task force is co-chaired by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. The group will give recommendations by December 15th.
 
     The North Dakota members are Jason Benson, Rob Bergan, Nathan Berseth, Bernie Dardis, Craig Hertsgaard, Tami Norgard, John Strand and Ken Vein. The Minnesota members are Del Rae Williams, Heidi Durand, Joel Paulsen, Jenny Mongeau, Tim Fox, Mark Anderson, Curt Johannsen and Steve Jacobson.
 
     The first meeting is scheduled Monday.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo man accused of sexually assaulting an employee of a Mapleton convenience store has been sentenced to 26 years in prison. KFGO radio reports that prosecutors recommended life in prison for 37-year-old Abdulrahman Ali, who was convicted on five felony counts, including gross sexual imposition.
 
     Authorities say the woman was punched and kicked during the attack in a restroom at Gordy's Travel Plaza in Mapleton, which is west of the Fargo metropolitan area. Ali allegedly ripped the women's clothes off and both of them were naked when deputies finally managed to break down the door.
 
     Ali told the court that he's mentally ill. His attorney asked for a 20-year sentence. East Central District Judge Thomas Olson said he couldn't find a reason to excuse Ali's criminal conduct.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum says state health and law enforcement agencies are being trained to use medication that reverses effects of opioids like heroin and oxycodone.  Burgum last month signed an executive directed cabinet agencies to work with law enforcement and local and tribal governments to make naloxone available to first responders, community leaders and individual opioid users and their family members.
     
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says he'll deny any additional rate increases to individual health insurance premiums under the Obama health care law. Godfread said last week that President Donald Trump's plan to halt payments to insurers under the law could potentially raise health insurance costs for up to 42,000 North Dakotans. He said Tuesday the issue is between insurance carriers and the federal government, and it's his duty to look out for consumers.
 
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     NEW YORK (AP) - How many U.S. states have you been to? Alicia Rovey, founder of the All Fifty States Club, says she's seeing more and more people on a quest to visit all 50 states. Travelers plan their trips in all kinds of ways. One man did 50 states in 50 days. A woman did 50 states in a year. Runners sometimes set out to do a marathon in each state.

    For others, the quest is somewhat random. They suddenly realize that between family vacations and travel for work, they've been to more than half the states, and they set out to check off the rest.

    And guess which states Rovey says are typically the last ones travelers get to? Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota.

 

 


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