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KHRT ND News - Tuesday - 01/08/19 - PM Edition

The state of North Dakota is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Native American tribe over the state's voter identification requirements...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The state of North Dakota is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Native American tribe over the state's voter identification requirements. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in October allowed the state to continue requiring street addresses on voter IDs, as opposed to addresses such as post office boxes that many Native Americans rely on.
     The lawsuit filed by the Spirit Lake Sioux on behalf of itself and six tribal members seeks to have the residential address requirement ruled unconstitutional as it applies to tribal voters. The attorney general's office wants the lawsuit dismissed on several grounds, including that tribal members named in the complaint weren't impeded from voting on Election Day. They and the state reached a deal days before the election enabling them to vote.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's House has unanimously approved a bill that makes it legal to leave a vehicle idling while no one is in it. Representatives endorsed the measure, 92-0 today. It now moves to the North Dakota Senate for additional review.
     North Dakotans routinely warm up their vehicles in the winter without bing in them, ignoring a potential $1,500 state fine and 30 days in jail. North Dakota's law was put on the books nearly 75 years ago as a deterrent against automobile theft. Several states in recent years have enacted anti-idling laws in an effort to improve air quality. Supporters say the North Dakota's current law ignores the will of the people.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota House has passed a measure that will allow election workers to work a partial day. Representatives endorsed the measure 90-0 today.

    Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones of Fargo sponsored the bill. She says poll workers have been required to work the entire election day which can be up to 15 hours long. She says many election workers are retirees and many are unable to work the long hours.

    GOP Rep. Mary Johnson of Fargo says many precincts across the state have trouble finding election workers due to the long hours.

    No one spoke against the bill. It now goes to the North Dakota Senate for consideration.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a vehicle in Grand Forks. Authorities say officers were called to check on the man sitting in a vehicle near Interstate 29 Monday about 5:30 p.m. When police arrived they discovered the man was dead. Authorities today identified the man as 60-year-old Larry Haroldson, who had no permanent address. The cause of death has not been determined.

    MINOT, ND - Minot police are investigating a death in the city. A press release says police and medical crews responded to the parking lot of the City of Minot Public Works parking lot for a report of an unresponsive male just before 6:30 am today. Upon arrival it was determined the subject was deceased. The incident is currently under investigation by the Minot Police Department and more information will be released as it becomes available.


     HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Justice Department attorneys and the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline say the U.S. government shutdown shouldn't delay a court hearing on a judge's decision to halt construction.

    Justice Department attorney Bridget McNeil said in a court filing Monday that government lawyers are prohibited from working except in emergencies during the shutdown. But, she adds, federal attorneys' participation in the hearing next Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls isn't necessary.

    TransCanada attorneys previously told U.S. District Judge Brian Morris the company is prepared to hold the hearing without the government being represented.

    In November, Morris ordered an injunction prohibiting pipeline construction activities. TransCanada plans to argue the order should be stayed while an appeal is pending with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.



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


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