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The reason I am alive today in NOT because in my darkest days I held on to God. It's because in my darkest days God held on to me. It is HIS faithfulness that is great, not ours.

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KHRT ND News - Monday - 06/17/19 - Morning Edition

North Dakota plans to ask the Trump administration to intervene in a dispute over Washington state's new safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota plans to ask the Trump administration to intervene in a dispute over Washington state's new safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail.

    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told The Bismarck Tribune he plans to petition the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to tell Washington state that it doesn't have the authority to require crude shipped by rail through Washington to have more of its volatile gases removed than North Dakota requires.

    Washington passed the requirement to reduce the chances of massive explosions during derailments.

    North Dakota officials say the Washington state requirement essentially bans crude-by-rail traffic to refineries throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a potential blow to North Dakota's energy industry.

    Stenehjem's office is also working on a federal lawsuit against Washington alleging that the requirement violates interstate commerce law.

    Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, says the issue should be settled in court, "not via press release."


     RYDER, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who was chasing a dog on a North Dakota highway and was struck and killed by an SUV. The Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Ricky Finley Jr., of Minot, died in the accident Thursday morning on Highway 28 south of Ryder.

    The patrol says Finley was in a van stopped on the shoulder of the highway. The people inside the van got out, and after a dog got loose from the vehicle, Finley tried to chase it and was hit by the oncoming SUV. The driver of the SUV was not hurt. The patrol says it was raining at the time of the crash.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Rick Berg of Fargo has been elected to his first full term as chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party. Members of the party's state committee unanimously backed Berg at their meeting in Bismarck on Saturday. Berg was first elected party chairmaan in March 2018 to fill out the term of Kelly Armstrong, who stepped down to run for Congress.

    Berg served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1985 to 2011 with stints as speaker and majority leader. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 when he defeated Democrat Earl Pomeroy. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Three cats have died in a fire at a Bismarck mobile home. The Bismarck Fire Department says no people were home when smoke was reported coming from the unit just after 6 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters were able to limit most of the damage to the kitchen but found the bodies of three cats during a search. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The damage is estimated at more than $30,000.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Federal Highway Administration has approved construction of a bridge across the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, although some private landowners have been fighting the project and supporters have not said how they will pay for it.

    The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Billings County Commission wants the river crossing to improve emergency response. Opponents worry it would impact the remote and scenic landscape of the Badlands. One rancher has said it would destroy his property.

    An environmental study last year identified the site north of Medora as the preferred route, which the feds approved last week.

    Billings County Commission Chairman Jim Arthaud says a timeline for the project has not yet been established. The next steps include meeting with private landowners to try and obtain right-of-way.


     NEW SALEM, N.D. (AP) - Over 500 people slipped, slid and ran through the mud in New Salem's annual Medieval Rush. They also climbed walls, carried sandbags, tossed stones and wore pink tutus as they slogged their way through what organizers call the largest and longest-running mud run in North Dakota. In keeping with the medieval theme, some wore armor or similar gear.

    This year organizers added dirt bikes and an inflatable slide to the 5K run, which featured 24 obstacles. Race director Tanner Schweitzer says the idea is to get people off of their phones, out of their homes, and to interact with other people face to face as they help each other over the obstacles.



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