BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota lawmakers are expected to establish a starting point Wednesday afternoon for state government’s next two-year budget. Gov. Doug Burgum has proposed a $14.3 billion spending plan. But oil prices that have slid in recent weeks could have the Legislature setting its budget plan well below the governor’s request.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Fargo man has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for sexually abusing a toddler and child pornography. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Dustin Kewley took the 1-year-old child from Fargo to Moorhead, Minnesota where he and a co-defendant abused the toddler at a hotel in May 2017.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Native American tribe over the state’s voter identification requirements. The Spirit Lake Sioux lawsuit seeks to have a residential address requirement ruled unconstitutional as it applies to tribal voters. 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.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota wildlife officials early Tuesday killed a mountain lion that wandered into an area of the state’s capital city just a few blocks from downtown. Lion sightings in the state’s major cities are rare. Officials believe the young male killed Tuesday originated in the western badlands, was traveling along the Missouri River in search of new territory and possibly followed a deer into Bismarck, looking for a meal.