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KHRT ND News - Friday - 08/02/19 - Noon Edition

A federal appeals court has ruled that North Dakota's voter identification law is constitutional...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that North Dakota's voter identification law is constitutional despite an argument by a group of American Indians who said it unfairly burdens them. A three-judge panel of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the state Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling.

    North Dakota's law requires voters to show ID with a residential street address, which American Indians have argued is not always evident on reservations. Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued the state in 2016, alleging that the ID requirements discriminated against Native Americans. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland agreed and issued a temporary restraining order. An attorney for the tribe didn't immediately return a phone call today seeking comment.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A culvert that washed out from under a highway on the Standing Rock Reservation in July, killing two people when they drove into the chasm, had been identified for replacement seven years ago.
     Ron His Horse Is Thunder, the tribe's director of transportation and planning, tells the Bismarck Tribune that the culvert was bowing but not considered dangerous. The culvert and road above it eroded after a 7-inch rain fell. His Horse Is Thunder says that scouring caused the culvert to collapse, rather than the structure failing. But His Horse Is Thunder said the culvert is a symptom of a lack of funding for many road projects on reservation land.
     A 60-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man, both from Mobridge, S.D., died after the roadway failed.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police have arrested a Fargo man they suspect killed a woman and set fire to the apartment where her body was found. Investigators say the suspect and victim knew each other. The 44-year-old man is being held on possible murder and arson charges. The woman's body was found Thursday after firefighters put out the fire in a third-floor apartment. Police Lt. Chris Helmick says the woman died of traumatic injuries that happened before the fire started. KFGO reports Helmick says the suspect lives in the apartment. He was arrested Thursday night at a north Fargo home.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Applicants are being sought for three new boards created by the 2019 Legislature, including a council to promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor's Innovative Education Task Force.

    The K-12 Education Coordinating Council was established through Senate Bill 2215 and consists of 18 members including legislators, executive branch leaders and educators. Among other duties, the council is tasked with identifying opportunities for greater collaboration among state education entities and stakeholders; reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of access and delivery of education services; and evaluating education trends and recommending policy changes.

    Seven of the 18 members are appointed by the governor. Applications are being sought for:

    An individual representing the statewide longitudinal data system committee;
    An individual representing a tribal school;
    An individual employed as a public school administrator;
    An individual employed as a public school principal;
    An individual employed as a public school teacher;
    A director of a special education unit; and
    A director of a regional education association.

    In addition to the K-12 Education Coordinating Council, applications are being sought for governor-appointed positions on the newly created Environmental Review Advisory Council and the new High-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Council.

    The 13-member Environmental Review Advisory Council, which advises the Department of Environmental Quality in carrying out its duties, includes 10 members appointed by the governor:

    A representative of county or municipal government;
    A representative of manufacturing or agricultural processing;
    A representative of the solid fuels industry;
    A representative of the liquid and gas fuels industry;
    A representative of crop agriculture;
    A representative of the waste management industry;
    A representative with an agronomy or soil sciences degree;
    A representative of the thermal electric generators industry;
    A representative of the environmental sciences; and
    A representative of the livestock industry.

    The High-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Council, which advises the state Industrial Commission, also has 13 members including three appointed by the governor:

    A representative of county government
    A representative of city government; and
    A representative of the agricultural community.

    Applications may be filed for all boards at Appointments are actively being made, and applicants also are continually being sought for other boards and commissions, all of which can be found on the same website.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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