BISMARCK—North Dakota has joined 12 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block laws in California requiring any eggs sold there to be from hens with specific space requirements in their cages. The lawsuit, filed by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, alleges that the California law violates the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and is pre-empted by federal law. Other states joining in the suit are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
TIOGA, N.D. -- All but 55 customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities customers in Tioga had their natural gas service restored by 3 p.m. Wednesday after a citywide outage the day before. Tioga is a city of about 1,600 residents in northwestern North Dakota, about 40 miles east of Williston.
BISMARCK -- Less than two weeks after his charges related to infant child abuse, a Bismarck man is now accused of raping the same child. Andrew Glasser, 32, is charged with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition. Court documents say a doctor's examination showed sexual abuse of the infant girl.
MANDAN, N.D.-- Released from a 12-day jail sentence, Alexander Simon has filed to appeal his case related to protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Simon and Mary Redway were the first defendants sentenced to serve jail time for convictions related to the pipeline protests. Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick convicted them Oct. 19 in a misdemeanor court trial with three others, including photojournalist Sara Lafleur-Vetter, whose charges he dismissed.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck police are warning residents of individuals impersonating a Midcontinent Communications salesperson.
FORT YATES, N.D. -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, have completed the Standing Rock Rural Water Supply System pipeline connecting the North Dakota and South Dakota portions of the project. “Construction of the water treatment plant, the new water intake and many miles of pipe ensures safe, clean and reliable drinking water for the people of Standing Rock,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault.
BISMARCK -- A federal judge has given Red Fawn Fallis permission to move from a jail in Rugby to a halfway house. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ordered on Tuesday that Fallis be released as soon as space is available at Centre Inc. in Fargo. Hovland had previously denied a similar request for Fallis, who is accused of shooting at police officers during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest on Oct. 27.
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. -- A 42-year-old Bismarck hiker was found dead in the West Yellowstone area on the fringes of Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday morning. Montana authorities had been searching since Sunday night for Mike Petersen, who failed to show up at a designated rendezvous point, according to a press release from the Gallatin County (Montana) Sheriff's Office.
BISMARCK — The woman accused of shooting at police officers during an October pipeline protest is petitioning the court to get out of jail before her July 17 trial. Red Fawn Fallis' Rapid City-based attorney Bruce Ellison said release from the Rugby jail to a Fargo halfway house would facilitate communication and improve her well-being prior to trial.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck man who accidentally shot a baby while working on a gun in his living room will serve no jail time. South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell said he believed a deferred sentence was appropriate for Christopher Simmons, who pleaded guilty to felony reckless endangerment on Tuesday morning. "Any lessons that would have been learned by this incident probably were learned within about a millisecond of it happening," Haskell said in court.