BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum wants to exempt military pay and pensions from North Dakota income taxes, arguing in part that retaining veterans could help the state fill thousands of open jobs. Legislators have ignored similar pleas in the past, but supporters say the economic benefits of keeping veterans in the state would more than make up for lost revenue.
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is getting $291,000 from the federal government to expand and improve the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates. The money is through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency last year gave the tribe nearly $5 million to build the cemetery. The 8-acre cemetery is expected to serve more than 2,200 tribal veterans and their families.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – As a Minnesota regulatory panel prepares to take one of its final looks at Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, opponents are turning their attention to fighting the project on other fronts. The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday will discuss whether to reconsider its decision to approve a route permit for the line across northern Minnesota. The panel earlier this month rejected petitions to reconsider the project’s certificate of need.
UNDATED (AP) – The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana tells U.S. senators that dysfunctional investigations into missing persons’ cases have troubled numerous Native American families. The testimony was part of a U.S. Senate committee hearing held to examine concerns about investigations into the deaths and disappearance of Native American women.
GRAND FORKS (Jamestown Sun) – A Davenport man is facing a negligent homicide charge after a crash left one person dead. Nathan Daniel Stachler was westbound on 88th Street Northeast and failed to fully yield at the intersection of County Road 39, near Osnabrock, about 100 miles northwest of Grand Forks, on May 17, court documents said. His car T-boned a southbound car in the intersection and both vehicles ended up in the ditch, an affidavit said. The woman driving the car was extracted and flown by air ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, court records said. She was using a portable breathing machine at the time of the accident, police said. The woman died June 3 from crash-related injuries, court documents said. Stachler told officers he had not been on the phone or texting before the crash. He’s scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8. Stachler could spend up to five years in prison if convicted.