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BISMARCK — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will testify at a North Dakota legislative committee Feb. 2. Coburn, a Republican who represented Oklahoma in the Senate from 2005 to 2015, will testify on House Concurrent Resolution 3006. That resolution would urge Congress to call a convention of states to propose constitutional amendments "which impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."
BELFIELD, N.D. — A dam has been constructed across a creek in southwest North Dakota after an oil-related spill contaminated the waterway this weekend, the North Dakota Department of Health said Monday, Jan. 23. A leak that occurred Saturday caused a spill of about 280 barrels, or 11,760 gallons, of emulsion, which is a mixture of oil and produced water that comes out of the well prior to treatment. The leak also caused about 20 barrels, or 840 gallons, of oil to spill at the site operated by White Rock Oil and Gas about 16 miles northwest of Belfield.
ROLLA, N.D. -- Details have been slow to emerge about a break-in that left one man dead early Sunday, Jan. 22. The Rolette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Six people, including children, were inside the home 2 miles outside of Rolla when they heard someone trying break in. The intruder was then shot and killed. Authorities say the intruder had a weapon, but it's unknown who fired the deadly shot.
FARGO — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum was among the victims of bicycle theft as a confessed thief was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 23, in Cass County District Court to three years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars worth of bikes. Matthew John McCroskey, of Fargo, was arrested in October following an investigation into a burglary at a downtown Fargo underground parking garage. Burgum, who took office in December, had submitted a restitution claim of $935.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers voted 81-9 Monday, Jan. 23, to prevent workers’ compensation from paying for medical marijuana. House Bill 1156 was introduced in response to the measure approved by voters last November that legalizes medical marijuana in North Dakota for defined medical conditions. The bill prevents North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, the state’s workers’ compensation system, from paying for medical marijuana for a workplace injury.
THOMPSON, N.D. - A Thompson-area resident is dead after being struck by a train early Monday morning near the intersection of Fourth Avenue Northeast and 13th St. -- about halfway between Thompson and Reynolds, N.D. Lt. Gary Grove of the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office said the incident was reported by officials with BNSF shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. The circumstances surrounding the death of the victim, a 44-year-old man, are still under investigation.
ROLLA, N.D. — A man is dead after authorities say he was shot after trying to break into a home near Rolla. The Rolette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
BISMARCK — A bill that would delay parts of North Dakota's new medical marijuana law awaits Gov. Doug Burgum's signature. The House passed Senate Bill 2154 with just one dissenting vote Friday, Jan. 20. The bill would suspend provisions of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act to give the state Department of Health more time to set up rules. The suspension would last through July 31 or the effective date of legislation authorizing the prescription, dispensing, growth and use of medical marijuana, whichever comes first.
BELCOURT, N.D — The funeral for a Rolette County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. An obituary for Colt Eugene Allery, 29, states the funeral will be at 1 p.m. at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt. The obituary, posted on the Elick Funeral Home website, says Allery was a "true hero among us, selflessly defending his community in the line of duty."
BISMARCK — Crime victims, law enforcement and prosecutors can now access information about the recently passed Marsy's Law at the North Dakota Attorney General's website, www.attorneygeneral.nd.gov . The site aims to provide a single resource for victims and criminal justice agencies that highlights new rights and responsibilities under Marsy's Law. Among the new requirements is that law enforcement must provide a Marsy's Card to victims at the time of the initial response. Guidelines about the law and the official state Marsy's Card are on the "Criminal Justice Resources" tab of the w