BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it canceled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels. A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. The error could stoke criticism from supporters of the rule. Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by AP.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Legislature will consider legislation by a pair of Fargo lawmakers to repeal the state’s longstanding Sunday business restrictions that are rooted in religious tradition. Democratic Rep. Pam Anderson and Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones are sponsoring nearly identical legislation aimed at lifting the state’s so-called blue laws. The National Conference of State Legislatures says North Dakota is the only state that prohibits shopping on Sunday morning.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau says North Dakota’s population has grown to an all-time high. The agency says that as of July 1, North Dakota’s population was estimated at 760,077 residents. That’s up 4,900 from the estimate the same time a year ago. North Dakota’s estimated population has grown since the 2010 Census pegged it at more at 672,000. The state’s population grew as the Bakken oil boom peaked.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Farmers have packed a conference in Fargo to learn about innovative ways to keep their fields healthy, as a new focus in the soil health movement encourages farmers to stop tilling the soil and plant cover crops after harvest. University of Minnesota Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes says most Minnesota farmers still till their fields but many now recognize that tilling isn’t sustainable and are talking about planting cover crops. The conference began Tuesday and concludes Wednesday.
DRAYTON, N.D. (The Jamestown Sun) – A Drayton man is facing charges for taking nude photos of a young child. Daniel Nelson Sherrill, 33, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the charge of promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor, a Class A felony. A criminal complaint said Sherrill took eight explicit photos from June 2016 to December 2017 of a 6-to-8-year-old girl. Sherrill is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 7.