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Tribal officials say they've switched to an alternative source of water for Mandaree following a substantial leak from a saltwater pipeline.....

     MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) - Tribal officials say they've switched to an alternative source of water for Mandaree following a substantial leak from a saltwater pipeline.  Officials with the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation say they closed the water intake to the city as a precaution but didn't elaborate on the change in water supply.
     Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist, says the state health department doesn't yet have any information on volumes or if the brine has reached Bear Den Bay, a tributary to Lake Sakakawea. The lake provides drinking water to several communities on the reservation.  Roberts says there are dead trees, grasses and bushes near the leak area. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production and can be many times saltier than ocean water.
     Crestwood Midstream Services says cleanup is underway.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A jury has found a Bismarck man guilty on murder conspiracy charges for death of an 18-year-old South Dakota man who had recently moved to the area.  The Bismarck Tribune reports a jury found 20-year-old Joshua Clark guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, a class AA Felony.  
     Authorities allege that Clark and 26-year-old Theo Crowe conspired to kill John Swain, who had recently moved to Bismarck from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when he was killed and dismembered last year.
     Crowe pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in the case last October and was sentenced in January to life in prison. On Tuesday he refused to testify against Clark.
     A pre-sentence investigation will take place before he is sentenced. Clark could face life in prison if convicted.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's average annual wage increased about four percent last year to almost $48,000. Numbers from Job Service North Dakota show Williams County ranked first with an average salary of more than $78,000. Ten of the 11 counties with the highest pay pump oil. Coal-rich Oliver County is fifth on the list.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy.  The report released today says dramatic increases in crime in the Bakken oil-producing region has overwhelmed state, local and tribal agencies working with limited resources.
     The document says the FBI and other federal agencies will continue to work with state and local police on "law enforcement, quality of life, women's safety and tribal issues" in oil country.
     North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says it's appropriate to be listed in the report because drug crimes in the state increased nearly 20 percent in the last year.  Stenehjem says he's preparing a budget for the next Legislature that includes a "robust oil patch crime initiative."


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


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