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N.D. measures that missed ballot deadline still OK

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Secretary of State Al Jaeger says eight North Dakota ballot initiatives could still make the statewide ballot, even though they'll miss the November election.

The deadline for turning in an initiative petition passed Wednesday. Of the 10 petitions that were circulating, only two were turned in.

They seek the repeal of North Dakota's pharmacy ownership restrictions and a ban on hunting within fenced game preserves.

Supporters of several measures that didn't make the cut say they'll keep working to get the signatures they need. They include proposals to abolish property taxes and strengthen protection of religious freedom.

Jaeger says those proposals could still appear on the June 2012 primary ballot if supporters get enough petition signatures.