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Supporters of changing North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law can begin circulating petitions to try to bring the issue to voters.....

     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.  Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved the format of the petition. Supporters need to gather and submit at least 13,452 valid signatures by Aug. 6 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. That could open the door for big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart to operate pharmacies in the state.
     A similar petition drive failed in 2010, a year after the 2009 Legislature defeated a bill that would have repealed the pharmacy ownership requirement.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man's appeal in a drunken driving case is taking on North Dakota's strengthened implied consent law.  The state Legislature last year strengthened driving under the influence laws, and made a suspect's refusal to submit to chemical testing a crime on par with DUI. Under the implied consent law, drivers imply their consent to testing as a condition of having a driver's license.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that the North Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of Jason Brenny, who was arrested last September. Defense attorney Chad McCabe maintains that the implied consent law constitutes an unreasonable search - a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Prosecutor Christine Hummert McAllister disputes that, and says such statutes have been upheld in other states.  Justices will rule later.


     ROBINSON, N.D. (AP) - A pickup truck rollover crash north of Robinson has killed one teenager and injured two others.  The Highway Patrol tells KXMB-TV that a 15-year-old Steele boy who was a passenger died in the Tuesday night crash. The 15-year-old driver and a 13-year-old passenger were hurt. They were not immediately identified.
     The patrol says the crash happened shortly after 9 p.m. on a gravel road. The teens were returning from an area lake when the driver lost control. All three occupants were thrown from the vehicle.


     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 in federal court with misappropriation of postal funds and false statements. He is scheduled to make his first appearance on Friday.
     Prosecutors say the scheme took place between June 2013 and February 2014 while Sharp was the postmaster at Beulah. It's not clear how much money was involved.  Court documents do not list a lawyer for Sharp.


     LEITH, N.D. (AP) - The town of Leith has invited Gov. Jack Dalrymple and members of North Dakota's congressional delegation to help the community celebrate its birthday and the end of a months-long clash with a white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to take over.  It wasn't immediately clear if Dalrymple, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer planned to attend.
     Leith is holding is 105th birthday bash the weekend of July 19-20. Town spokesman Greg Bruce says the event "will be a celebration of freedom from the last nine months of terror."
     Craig Cobb is serving four years of probation for menacing and terrorizing residents. He no longer owns property in the town and has been ordered to stay away from his victims there. He's seeking to move to Missouri.

     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. The National Coal Council's purpose is to inform and make recommendations to the Energy Secretary on all matters relating to coal and the coal industry.
     Kalk is a Bottineau native who served for 20 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a major in 2006. Kalk taught at North Dakota State University before he was elected to the PSC in 2008.
     The PSC is a three-member panel that regulates coal mining, land reclamation, pipelines, electric and gas utilities, grain elevators, telecommunications and auctioneers.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A former Forum Communications Co. executive has been named publisher of the Minot Daily News. The Ogden Newspapers publication reports Steven McLister replaces Steve Herron, who had been publisher since May 2010.
     McLister is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his Forum career with The Daily News in Mitchell, South Dakota and later was promoted to publisher in Willmar, Minnesota. He was general manager of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead from July 2000 to July 2007 and later was named to oversee the Forum's Duluth News Group. In March 2009, The Forum named him vice president of newspapers, a position in which he supervised the publishers of Forum Communication's 34 publications.
     McLister says joining the Minot Daily News is an opportunity to return to a hands-on role in publishing.


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