KHRT ND News – 01/05/22

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 010522 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man serving life in prison for kidnapping and killing another man in Burleigh County in 2012. John Clark Bridges argued in his appeal that mental illness prevented him from understanding the charges against him, aiding in his defense or filing a timely application for relief. The justices ruled in part that Bridges had not presented evidence establishing that he suffers from a mental illness. Bridges is serving a life sentence for the July 2012 murder of Lee Clay, along with 20 years for kidnapping Clay plus an additional 40 years for stabbing a correctional officer at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Tuesday granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane. North Dakota faces extremely low inventories of propane as a result of market conditions impacted by severe seasonal weather and increased heating fuel demands, the order states. Waiving the hours of service requirement will help carriers avoid delays and deliver propane to meet the state’s needs. The 30-day waiver is effective today. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.
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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota’s new tax commissioner has begun his tenure. Brian Kroshus began his new position Tuesday. He takes over for Ryan Rauschenberger who announced back in November that he would resign January 3rd. Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Kroshus to the position December 21st. In his announcement, Burgum cited his experience as a business leader and his background in defending the public interest as a member of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) for approximately five years.
 
The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner has announced the launch of its new website – www.tax.nd.gov. The website is redesigned to better serve the taxpayers of North Dakota. The design, layout, and functionality have been upgraded and provide taxpayers with better online services. With the launch of the new website also comes the release of the 2021 North Dakota income tax booklets and income tax forms, and the 2022 income tax withholding tables.
 
In 2021, 90 percent of North Dakotans filed their individual income tax returns electronically. Tax officials continue to encourage North Dakota taxpayers to e-file, as it is the fastest and most secure way to file.

Income tax booklets and forms can be found on the new website at www.tax.nd.gov/forms. Income tax withholding tables are also available on the new site at www.tax.nd.gov/IncomeTaxWithholding. If taxpayers need help locating forms, they can call 701-328-1243.

The 2021 North Dakota Legislature created a tax relief income tax credit for residents of North Dakota during its November Special Session. More information is available at www.tax.nd.gov/SpecialSession2021.

Taxpayers can stay up-to-date on North Dakota tax-related matters by visiting the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s website at www.tax.nd.gov or by connecting on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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BISMARCK, ND – The city of Bismarck is getting some federal assistance to deal with an alarming growth in the number of opioid overdose deaths. The city has received a nearly one-million dollar grant from the Department of Justice meant to address the opioid epidemic causing destruction in North Dakota communities. Aggressive prescribing of opioids in earlier years has led to an epidemic where deadly fentanyl overdoses are rampant in the state. Law enforcement in the Bismarck-Mandan area are administering an increasing number of Narcan doses that save many lives, but aren’t always successful.
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WILLISTON, ND – No one is injured after fire damaged an industrial building in northwest Williston. The blaze broke out near the boiler room late Tuesday morning. Crews evacuated the building successfully before the building showed signs of collapse. The official cause of the fire is under investigation.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 010522 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Tokio, ND woman has pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse in connection with her 5-year-old foster child’s death. The Bismarck Tribune reported Tuesday that Tammy Longie, also known as Tammy Onebear, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, three counts of child abuse and child neglect. She’ll be sentenced in federal court in April. Agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI found the child’s body in the basement of a home on the Spirit Lake Reservation in May 2020. The child and a sibling were placed in foster care with Longie and her husband, Erich Longie, in July 2019.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of two women were injured in a rollover accident in McKenzie County. The accident happened about 10 miles north of Mandaree around 10 AM on Monday. Troopers say 25-year old Bai Shizhi from Plantation, FL lost control of her SUV on a slick curve in the road and the vehicle rolled in the ditch. Both Shizhi and a passenger, 62-year old Jiying Liu from Flushing, NY, were transported to the hospital in Minot. Shizhi had minor injuries, while Liu had possible serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An attorney general’s opinion says revenue distributed from an oil-tax agreement between the state and an American Indian tribe is being done correctly. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s opinion Tuesday came after an inquiry from state Treasurer Thomas Beadle. An agreement between the Three Affiliated Tribes and the state was first authorized by the 2007 Legislature after oil companies said it would help promote investment on the Fort Berthold Reservation by setting up stable tax rates and rules. To date, the state and the Three Affiliated Tribes each have collected about $2 billion in oil tax revenue from drilling on the reservation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A state judge has ruled that thousands of documents related to security during the construction in North Dakota of the heavily protested Dakota Access Pipeline are public and subject to the state’s open records law. The ruling by South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland is a victory for The Intercept news organization, which sued in 2020 to get access to the documents for investigative journalism. The documents relate to Energy Transfer, the Texas-based company that built the pipeline, and TigerSwan, the North Carolina company that Energy Transfer hired to oversee security during construction. Energy Transfer argued the documents are confidential.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Oil and gas leasing on federal land is expected to resume early this year in North Dakota and Montana after the Biden administration halted the process nationwide last year. The federal Bureau of Land Management is planning a lease sale for the first quarter of 2022, but has not finalized details. Oil and gas companies will bid to secure the leases and those that are successful will have a 10-year window to get a federal permit to drill. President Joe Biden halted the leasing process after he took office last January. A court ordered the federal government to resume the sales after several states sued.
 
 
 
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