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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate killed a bill Thursday, April 20, that would have allowed state elected officials to carry concealed weapons in publicly owned or operated buildings. Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, recommended that his colleagues defeat Senate Bill 2139 after members of a legislative conference committee couldn't reach a compromise. The bill failed in a 3-43 vote. It would have required officials carrying concealed weapons in public buildings to have firearms proficiency training.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the state's new medical marijuana law. Burgum signed Senate Bill 2344 Monday night. It comes after voters approved an initiated measure legalizing medical marijuana in November. Lawmakers said that law was unworkable and needed changes.
RUGBY, N.D. — One man died early Monday, April 17, after driving his SUV in front of a train in Rugby. The 41-year-old Rugby man was ejected from a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox after he accelerated around the road barricade at the train intersection and a BNSF train the vehicle, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. In a release, the Highway Patrol said the man had been stopped on the south side of the tracks on Main Street before the crash, which was reported at 12:16 a.m. Monday, where barricades with flashing lights blocked the road.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A 36-year-old Bismarck motorcyclist was injured late Saturday, April 15, after another driver struck him from behind and fled the scene. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist was traveling west on Interstate 94, about 3 miles east of Dickinson, when his Harley Davidson was struck from behind at 11:07 p.m. by a 2012 Dodge Journey, driven by a 39-year-old Dickinson man.
PEKIN, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a one-vehicle accident Thursday, April 13, near Pekin. Kevin Lemna, 23, Enderlin, N.D., was pronounced dead at the scene. Injured in the crash was Jordan Borland, 27, Michigan, N.D.
LOWER BRULE, S.D. — One suspect was airlifted and hospitalized after a shooting incident involving law enforcement on an area Native American reservation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating a shooting incident that took place Thursday, April 13, on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, according to Jeffrey Van Nest, media coordinator for the FBI Office in Minneapolis.
FARGO—Police here are investigating a recent death at a mental health hospital, a department spokesman said Wednesday, April 12. No foul play is expected in the death reported at Prairie St. John's in Fargo, but officers are investigating, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said. Anderson said he couldn't release any other details about the death.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake man brought a woman to a field, threatened her with brass knuckles and a bat and told her he had already dug her grave, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County court. Ethan Jacob Longie, born in 1993, has been charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony, and theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor, based on his alleged actions on April 3.
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 19 senators, including North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, signed a letter pushing for continued federal funding for Essential Air Service. The program, funded through the Department of Transportation, provides affordable air travel for regional airports throughout the region. The program stands to be cut in the budget proposed by President Donald Trump.
FARGO — North Dakota's Doug Burgum has the highest approval rating of any governor in a red state, according to a poll released Tuesday, April 11. Sixty-nine percent of North Dakota voters polled by Morning Consult, a Washington, D.C., research firm, said they approve of Burgum, a Republican businessman who took office in December after winning nearly 77 percent of the vote. Overall, Burgum had the third-highest approval rating among governors. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was listed as 25th, with an approval rating of 58 percent.