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The attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's gay marriage ban has asked a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's gay marriage ban has asked a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling.  Minneapolis-based attorney Joshua Newville filed the motion for summary judgment late Tuesday. In the same memorandum Newville included a response to the state's motion to dismiss the case.
     Newville filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in June. The lawsuit challenges a voter-approved 2004 constitutional amendment banning so-called gay marriage that passed with 73 percent of the vote.  The motion says there are no material facts in dispute in the case and says the plaintiffs are entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law.
     A message left with a spokeswoman for the North Dakota attorney general's office wasn't immediately returned.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Texas woman is accused of assaulting a woman in a Bismarck hotel room by using a Taser and pepper spray.  Twenty-eight-year-old Ashley Wilson is charged with Class C felony aggravated assault.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that Wilson allegedly attacked the 29-year-old woman after the two had argued about money.  Police say the bed linens were saturated with pepper spray. The victim was treated and released at a local hospital.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office plans to sell a home connected to a man who has been questioned in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in Spokane, Washington, and is awaiting trial on weapons charges in North Dakota.
     The case centers on James Henrikson, who had business dealings in North Dakota's oil patch with a man who was killed by an intruder in his Spokane home. Henrikson told police he was upset with the victim but denied any involvement in his death.
     Prosecutors have brought forfeiture action on a Watford City home owned by Henrikson's wife and another man, Ryan Olness. The home will be sold for $400,000 unless the government gets a higher offer.
     A lawyer for Olness says the property hasn't been widely advertised and might not bring a fair price.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - More people will be required to buy flood insurance in Fargo because of a change in flood plain maps.  About 2,000 homes and businesses will need insurance when the new Federal Emergency Management Association map goes into effect in January.
     KFGO radio reports that those affected are mainly south of Interstate 94. Some properties may be removed from the flood plain once additional protection is in place.  The city is urging residents to act soon. There's a 30-day waiting period and the cost of insurance could increase once the flood plain map is updated.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to participate in a lawsuit challenging a Red River diversion project so it can be heard on arguments about state regulation.
     A group representing upstream townships and counties in North Dakota and Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit that asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a cheaper project that doesn't flood farmland.
     The Minnesota DNR says in documents filed Tuesday that the Red River Diversion Authority should not argue it is immune to state regulation because the project would be built primarily by the corps.
     The DNR says a massive holding area that would be used in times of serious flooding is a high-hazard dam that requires Minnesota permits and triggered a mandatory environmental review under state law.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two Bismarck police dogs have been outfitted with custom-made bulletproof vests.  The department's two K9 units are made up of Oscar, a 2 1/2-year old Belgian Malinois partnered with Officer Tim Sass, and Luna, a 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd partnered with Sgt. Chad Fetzer.   Each vest costs $950. They are being funded by an organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  

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


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