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Federal attorneys say a report on tribal prosecutions shows continued improvement since a study that criticized the Department of Justice for turning its back on reservation crime.....

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Federal attorneys say a report on tribal prosecutions shows continued improvement since a study that criticized the Department of Justice for turning its back on reservation crime.
     The report released today shows that 2,542 cases were filed in Indian Country in 2013, a 34 percent increase from five years ago when the federal government began its tribal justice initiative. That's down from 3,145 cases brought in 2012, which DOJ officials attributed primarily to reduced budgets and a hiring freeze.
     A U.S. Government Accountability Office study released in 2010 revealed that federal prosecutors had declined 50 percent of American Indian cases in a five-year period ending in 2009.
     Timothy Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota, says the updated report shows the feds are keeping promises to improve tribal public safety.


     WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - The mother of a North Dakota State College of Science student who was missing for two months before his body was found says she believes her son was murdered.  KFGO-AM reports Tammy Sadek says her son was not suicidal. She is calling on North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenhjem to investigate his death.
     The body of Andrew Sadek was pulled from the Red River in late June. An autopsy report released Saturday shows Sadek died of a gunshot wound to the head.  The autopsy says it was "undetermined" how the gunshot was inflicted, and the toxicology drug test was negative. The report shows he died May 3.
     Police released an arrest warrant for Sadek after he'd been missing several days. Police alleged Sadek sold marijuana twice to a police informant.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resource says it's adding three new pipeline inspector positions.  Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter says the inspectors will deal with oil, gas and waste gathering lines.  Gathering lines are pipelines that transport oil, gas and saltwater between well locations or to a central collection point.
     Ritter says the pipeline inspectors will mostly be focused on making sure new pipeline installations follow regulations. New rules that went into effect in April require gathering pipeline installation to not interfere with agriculture and dictate pipeline trenches to be filled in ways that do not damage the pipelines.
     The new inspectors will bring the total number of pipeline inspectors at the department to 35.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday.
     Manitoba RCMP media relations officer Tara Seel says the RCMP responded to a train derailment in Emerson at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. She adds no leaks have been detected and there were no injuries.
     Seel says the train was carrying unscented propane, prompting the evacuation of approximately 40 people who lived within 110 yards of the site. RCMP says the train crossed into Canada from Minnesota.
     Andrew Kirking is the emergency manager of Pembina County on the North Dakota side of the border. He says the train derailed about 100 yards into Canada but did not affect the nearby North Dakota town of Pembina.


     WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people to take their trash home with them when visiting public lands.  The plea comes after employees picked up half a ton of garbage from a 48-acre area of the Little Missouri National Grasslands in western North Dakota.
     Trash picked up by McKenzie Ranger District employees near Watford City included beverage cans, a broken lawnmower, vehicle parts, used ammunition, destroyed road signs and broken gas cans.
     The garbage filled a flatbed trailer and three pickup truck beds. Some was taken to a recycling center and the rest to a dump. The Forest Service says the trash came from target shooters, hunters, people on off-highway vehicles and in campers, and from people using the area as a dumping grounds.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded the eye health of their children is critical to their educational success.  Nancy Kopp, executive director of the North Dakota Optometric Association, says 80 percent of learning is visual, so this is a great time of year to get students in for eye exams.

    "It's absolutely important, and vision does impact a person's academic success in life," says Kopp. "If you can't adequately see, you can't adequately learn to read."

    Signs that a child may have eye or vision problems include headaches, frequent eye rubbing or blinking, and the avoidance of reading and other close activities.

    As is the case with other health issues, Kopp says early detection and treatment is key for vision and eye health problems. This includes digital eye strain from kids spending hours with their eyes locked on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

    "Digital screens do impact and fatigue vision," says Kopp. "You're just imposing additional strain. It can cause vision disorders."

    The American Optometric Association suggests a child's first eye exam at around six months of age, with another at age three and then again around kindergarten or first grade. From there, students should have their eyes checked every other year, or more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press and Prairie News Service.  All Rights Reserved.)


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