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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 06/11/14 - NOON EDITION

North Dakota's primary election turnout was the lowest in decades....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's primary election turnout was the lowest in decades.  Data from the Secretary of State's Office show turnout for Tuesday's election was 17 percent, with just more than 93,000 people making it to the polls.  The agency has been keeping turnout records since 1980. The previous low for a June primary was 19 percent in 2004.
 
     North Dakota has no voter registration, and the turnout percentage is calculated using a North Dakota State Data Center estimate of the number of eligible voters.
 
     The center estimated there were 545,020 North Dakotans who were eligible to vote. That population was based on 2012 census data.  The most recent census data show about 561,000 people are eligible to vote. Using those population figures, the turnout would be about 16 percent.
 
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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Voters in Williston have elected City Commissioner Howard Klug as the next mayor of the western North Dakota oil boomtown. Klug bested entrepreneur Marcus Jundt with nearly 76 percent of the vote. Klug has been on the City Commission for the past six years. Jundt received 19 percent of the vote.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Several local issues have been decided in Tuesday's primary election. Voters in Morton and Burleigh counties have approved a temporary half-cent sales tax that will finance a new $70 million joint detention center. And residents in Watford City have voted to increase the city's sales tax to fund a new $57 million events center and other projects in the booming oil patch town.  Williston voters approved a $34 million school bond issue with over 75-percent voting in favor. The bond will cover more than half of the cost of a new high school through higher property taxes.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says computer server problems caused his agency's website to be down sporadically shortly after the polls closed in the primary election.  Jaeger says the state Information Technology Department's servers suffered glitches that prevented election results from being accessed Tuesday night.  Jaeger says he also had problems accessing the website. He says the problem persisted for about an hour until the state servers were rebooted.
 
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     DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A Bowman woman who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the drowning death of her baby in a toilet will not serve prison time if she stays out of trouble.  Judge William Herauf on Tuesday gave 42-year-old Stephanie Lindstrom a one-year suspended sentence. She will be on probation for five years.
 
     Lindstrom initially had faced a murder charge but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in February. Prosecutors at the time said medical information showed Lindstrom was most likely unconscious when the baby died in July 2013 after Lindstrom gave birth in the bathroom, and it would be difficult to pursue a murder case.

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     WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force says it will offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.
 
     A string of recent training failures, security missteps, leadership lapses, morale problems and stunning breakdowns in discipline prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to demand action to restore public confidence in the nation's nuclear force.
 
     Air Force leaders are planning to offer bonus pay, fill gaps in the supervisory ranks, offer a nuclear service medal and put more money into modernizing what in some respects has become a decrepit Minuteman 3 missile force that few airmen want to join.
 
     The potential impact of these and other planned changes is unclear, but they are likely to be welcomed by airmen.

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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Major violations of the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act more than tripled between 2008 and 2013 in North Dakota.  The state Health Department's Annual Drinking Water Compliance Report says there were 325 major violations recorded in the state's public water systems in 2013. Just 98 were registered in 2008.
 
     Health Department environmental scientist LeeAnn Tillotson says the rise is likely the result of new public water systems in the state and high turnover rates among those responsible for water systems.  Between 2008 and 2013 the number of water systems in the state grew from 514 to 654.
 
     Tillotson says that many of the new water systems have appeared in the state's western oil patch. She says many infractions were monitoring and reporting violations.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal Rural Utilities Service is providing large loans to boost high-speed Internet access in southeastern North Dakota and day care service in the northwestern part of the state.
 
     An $8.5 million loan will boost an effort to expand and upgrade high-speed Internet access in North Dakota's Richland County and Minnesota's Clay County. U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven say the loan will help the Red River Telephone Association complete a project to bury 145 miles of fiber optic cable so the company can meet growing demand.
 
     U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says the Reservation Telephone Cooperative of Parshall is getting a $2 million loan for a day care facility in Watford City for 200 children.

 


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

 

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