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North Dakota at 6:30 p.m.
FARGO — The National Weather Service releases its most recent flood outlook for the Red River Valley and Devils Lake Basin, coming off the heels of a storm that dumped heavy wet snow on parts of North Dakota. Officials in the Fargo-Moorhead area, whose residents battled major flooding for three years, say they will be monitoring the numbers. By Dave Kolpack.
— FLOOD OUTLOOK-OFFICIALS — Residents in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., have been closely tracking reports by the National Weather Service since battling three straight years of major flooding that began with a record crest in 2009.
ND CLIMATE CHANGE
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Senate committee is mulling a resolution that would study the effects of climate change in the state. Hazelton resident Jeffrey Magrum told lawmakers that a lot of money already has been spent worldwide studying climate change. He says if the state wants to spend money, it should buy more snowplows to help clear North Dakota's roads.
Magrum says he's a construction worker and works outside in North Dakota's brutal winters. "A little bit warmer weather wouldn't bother me at all," he said. By James MacPherson
— MINOT FLOOD RECOVERY — The number of temporary federal housing units still occupied in Ward County has dropped to about 400. The Federal Emergency Management Agency made more than 2,000 mobile homes available to residents displaced by the historic Souris River flood in the summer of 2011.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN-TRIBES
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. —American Indian tribes have tried everything from banishment to charging criminal acts as civil offenses to deal with non-Indians who commit crimes on reservations. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1978 that tribal courts lack criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians, tribes have had to get creative in trying to hold that population accountable. They acknowledge, though, that those approaches aren't much of a deterrent, and say most crimes committed by non-Indians on tribal land go unpunished. Tribal leaders are hoping that will change, at least in part, with a federal bill expected to be signed into law Thursday. By Felicia Fonseca.
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NEW YORK — By adopting the nation's toughest abortion law in the face of certain legal challenge, Arkansas legislators have exposed sharp tactical divisions within the national anti-abortion movement. By David Crary. With AP photos.
— ANTI-ABORTION TACTICS-NORTH DAKOTA — Abortion-rights lawyers are readying to face a series of anti-abortion laws, including one in North Dakota, meant to challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion.
WATFORD CITY — The deaths of two Watford City teenagers in a horrific crash has the city's mayor calling for state officials to do more about traffic problems in the booming western oil patch. "It makes me sick to think of children dying on our roads," Brent Sanford said. "It's a nightmare."
COURTS AND CRIME:
— CHILD DEATH PLEA — A Fort Ransom woman accused in the death of her toddler son last fall has pleaded not guilty to murder.
— COPPER THEFT — Thieves broke into a Grand Forks wire supply business over the weekend and stole more than 6 ½ tons of copper wiring worth an estimated $110,000 wholesale. The theft had a twist.
— HIT AND RUN ARREST — Family members of a man killed in a hit-and-run incident in Dickinson say the bond amount set for the suspect in the case is too low.
— MOORHEAD SHOOTING — Police have arrested two men in a shooting that wounded a 23-year-old man in Moorhead.
— FORT YATES STABBING — A Fort Yates woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend's cousin to death will remain in custody until her trial.
ALSO OF INTEREST:
— CROP GRANTS— The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants to help promote specialty crops.
— BIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP — The North Dakota National Guard has won a team championship at the 29th Annual Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships.
— CHANCELLOR DISPUTE — The state Board of Higher Education will meet in May to discuss allegations made against Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.
— NAIA TOURNAMENTS-DAKOTAS — Half of the six teams from the Dakotas who made the NAIA Division II men's and women's basketball tournaments are going home. The Valley City State men and women and the Mayville State women all lost their first-round games.
The AP plans short stories and boxes on games in the state Class B boys basketball tournament.
Those with usernames and passwords can check www.dakotasportsserver.com for sports stories and game results.
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