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House rejects bill charging abortion provider with murder

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota House killed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed someone performing an abortion to be charged with murder. The Republican-led chamber voted 22-77 to approve the legislation that would have carried a life sentence. The bill also sought to make it a ...

Rolling blackouts continue to ease burden on power grids

BISMARCK (AP) — Utilities from North Dakota to Texas have implemented rolling blackouts to ease the burden on power grids that are straining to meet the extreme demand for heat and electricity as record low temperatures persist. Capital Electric Cooperative, based in Bismarck, said at least ...

Committee endorses sports betting resolution

BISMARCK (AP) — A House committee on Wednesday endorsed a resolution that would allow North Dakotans to decide if sports gambling should be allowed in the state. The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee gave the bipartisan resolution a “do-pass” recommendation. It now goes to the ...

Panel seeking ideas to spend oil tax money likely to remain

BISMARCK (AP) — Politicians haven’t been short on ideas for spending earnings from North Dakota’s voter-approved oil tax savings account — from attempting to fund pet projects to using it to balance the state budget or cut taxes. The largely disordered approach at targeting the ...

Bill cuts list of dangerous weapons, allows guns at events

BISMARCK (AP) — Some pro-gun North Dakota legislators are taking another shot at allowing law-abiding adults to carry hidden firearms at sporting and athletic events. The legislation, sponsored by Dickinson Republican Luke Simons, also would cut nearly two dozen items from the state’s list ...

North Dakota records 47 virus cases for 2nd straight day

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Monday confirmed a second straight day with 47 new COVID-19 cases and a third straight day with no deaths due to the coronavirus. Officials with the state lab processed 1,701 tests in the last day, for a positivity rate of just over 3.6%. A ...

2 men arrested after shooting at Devils Lake strip club

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested for a weekend shooting incident at a strip club just outside the Devils Lake city limits. Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said one man was shot in the leg early Saturday when multiple rounds were fired into Wally's Roadhouse ...

House budget writers cleave North Dakota bonding package

BISMARCK (AP) — Budget writers in the North Dakota House have slashed by almost half a landmark $1.1 billion proposed bonding package aimed largely at financing infrastructure projects across the state. The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee has endorsed the $680 million package ...

Increased coronavirus doses on the way to North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — The number of coronavirus vaccine doses being delivered to North Dakota is increasing. The state will receive a 5% increase in the number of vaccine doses it’s being allocated, according to Gov. Doug Burgum. North Dakota will receive 7,500 doses next week, up from 6,900 ...

ND panel votes against abortion clinic-zoning bill

BISMARCK (AP) — A Republican-led North Dakota Senate panel on Thursday refused to endorse a bill prohibiting new abortion clinics from opening within 30 miles of a school. The bill, sponsored by two of the Legislature’s most ardent anti-abortion Republican members, also aimed to bar the ...