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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California girl who has been declared brain dead says a facility in New York may be able to accept her and keep her on life support. Jahi McMath's uncle and lawyer didn't provide the facility's name in a statement Saturday, saying they don't want media attention to affect her chance of being accepted there. Attorney Chris Dolan said the New York facility is the last hope after two facilities in California backed out.
NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press CLIFTON, Texas (AP) — When a fertilizer plant exploded in a small Texas town, killing 15 people and decimating homes and schools, it became Chris Connealy's responsibility to stop anything like it from happening again.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Obama has signed the first bill authored by North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer into law. The Bureau of Land Management Streamlining Act passed the House on May 15 and the Senate on Dec. 20. The bill includes North Dakota among a list of six states in a pilot project meant to improve the efficiency of processing federal oil and natural gas permits.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Poker players are vying for a $50,000 top prize during the 10th annual Texas Hold'em Championship in Minot. The Minot Daily News reports that proceeds from the tournament go to fund marketing scholarships for the Minot State University Alumni Foundation. The championship runs through Tuesday at The Vegas Motel. Tournament co-founder Wendy Rupert says the prize pool has grown to $172,000, and players have attended from 39 different states.
FOSSTON, Minn. (AP) — A new wool mill in Minnesota is filling a niche, as consumers nationwide are demanding more natural and American-made products. Stephanie Anderson started Northern Woolen Mills two months ago in Fosston. The Grand Forks Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/1dNfDjq ) that when all the equipment is in place in two weeks, it will produce 100 pounds of yarn a day — making it the second-largest processor in the country.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota volunteer group has become a fixture at the funerals of military members, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders. The North Dakota Patriot Guard is affiliated with the national group, which formed in 2005 to protect and shield the family of a fallen U.S. soldier from protesters at his funeral.
LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say an autopsy shows that the wife of a man accused of killing three people and wounding three others suffocated and drowned. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter released the results of the autopsy Friday afternoon.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Salvation Army of Fargo-Moorhead is celebrating reaching its fundraising goal of $475,000. Maj. Elaine Medlock tells the Forum says their division not only reached its goal but exceeded it by about $3,000. Medlock says it was an extremely cold holiday season but people “have extremely warm hearts.”
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Deputy Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger will be taking a $9,200 annual pay cut when he takes over the agency's top post next week. Gov. Jack Dalrymple last month appointed Rauschenberger to serve the remainder of term held by elected Tax Commissioner Cory Fong, who is resigning at year's end to work for a Bismarck-based advertising agency.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state in a dispute with landowners over who owns mineral rights near the Missouri River and other navigable waters. The Supreme Court's decision Thursday upheld a district court ruling that says the state owns the mineral rights to a so-called shore zone, or the area between the ordinary high and low watermarks along public waters.