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KHRT ND News - Thursday - 01/10/19 - PM Edition

A North Dakota lawmaker wants the public to know the costs of providing security for the governor, lieutenant governor and their families...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker wants the public to know the costs of providing security for the governor, lieutenant governor and their families. Republican Rep. Bill Devlin also wants better documentation of their travel.

    Devlin's bill comes after questions from lawmakers, The Associated Press and other media about the level of personal security for Gov. Doug Burgum. It also comes in the wake of a state audit last year that found the wealthy first-term GOP governor inappropriately used state aircraft for personal travel. That's something Burgum has denied.

    Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki says that the governor had not seen the measure and likely would not comment.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota House has unanimously endorsed a measure that changes the threshold for vehicle accident reporting. North Dakota law says crashes are required to be immediately reported in cases of death, injury or when property damage exceeds $1,000. The House today raised the threshold to $4,000.
 
     Republican Rep. Robert Paulson of Minot says the bill is supported by law enforcement. Paulson says the idea is to free up officers to deal with other matters. Paulson says it doesn't take much of a crash to cause $1,000 damage to a vehicle.
 
     The bill now goes to the North Dakota Senate for consideration.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would require schools to offer classes on the Bible. The American Civil Liberties Union's North Dakota chapter says the measure championed by Republican Sen. Oley Larson is "blatantly unconstitutional" and would likely lead to litigation if approved by the Legislature.
 
     Larson, a former teacher from Minot, tells The Associated Press that a Bible class would count toward students' social studies requirements. Larson says schools would have to offer curriculum that covers the Old Testament, the New Testament or a combination of the two, but he says students would not have to take it. Larson says the aim of his legislation is not religious but is to make students aware of Bible history.
 
     A hearing on the measure has not been scheduled.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An administrative law judge in North Dakota is recommending that state officials issue a water permit for an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

    Area landowners had challenged a proposed permit that would allow the Davis Refinery to draw water from an underwater aquifer. Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson held a hearing in November. On Tuesday he recommended the permit be granted. State Engineer Garland Erbele has the final say. Landowners can appeal his decision to state district court. Refinery developer Meridian Energy Group issued a statement today applauding the decision.

    Meridian is developing the refinery just 3 miles from North Dakota's top tourist attraction. It still needs a wastewater permit, and its state air quality permit is being challenged in court by environmental groups.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fire officials in Fargo have ruled accidental a fire that forced the evacuation of residents in 24 apartments at a senior living facility last week. Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson said Thursday natural gas leaking from near the gas meter entered the Riverview Apartment Complex and was ignited in a nearby mechanical room. The fire broke out shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. No residents or firefighters were hurt. An employee who tried to put out the blaze was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The gas had to be shut off before the fire could be extinguished.

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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The first U.S. Navy submarine in a century to carry the name North Dakota is returning from its first deployment later this month. The Minot Daily News reports that the $2.6 billion, 377-foot-long USS North Dakota will return to its home port of Groton, Connecticut, on Jan. 31 after a six-month deployment.

    The submarine is able to launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces and carry out surveillance. Naval Commander Mark Robinson says the deployment included 68 days of operations that required "the most rigorous attention." The USS North Dakota is just the second Navy vessel named for North Dakota. A World War I-era battleship was also named for the state. The submarine was commissioned at Groton in 2014.

 

 


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