Infant Starved Sentence

Five-year prison term ordered in child starvation death

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman accused of allowing an infant in her care to starve to death two years ago has been sentenced to five years in prison. Twenty-seven-year-old Paige Howling Wolf, of Parshall, pleaded guilty in December to charges of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of child neglect in an agreement with prosecutors. Law enforcement and medical personnel in June 2020 responded to a call of an unresponsive infant at a Parshall residence. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office an autopsy showed the child died from chronic starvation. Officials say four other children were taken from Howling Wolf and three had methamphetamine in their systems.

Economic Outlook North Dakota

Report says North Dakota’s 2022 economic outlook is strong

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest economic outlook report for North Dakota is showing continued improvement for 2022, despite a national economy that shrank in the first quarter and is showing signs of entering a recession. The quarterly report by the University of North Dakota predicts growth in wages and salaries, as well as a growing labor force with decreasing unemployment rates, strong total tax collections and a rising gross state product. The report says that consistent with the previous forecast, the labor force grew by nearly 1% in the first quarter of 2022. This growth is expected to continue over the next year. The state unemployment rate is forecast to hold steady near its current level of about 3%.

Abortion – North Dakota

Planned Parenthood to step in if North Dakota clinic closes

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it will offer abortion services at its clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota, if North Dakota’s only abortion clinic does not quickly relocate from Fargo should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood says it expected Red River Women’s Clinic, a private clinic not affiliated with it, to make the short move across the river by July 1 if necessary. The Fargo clinic has long operated as the only abortion provider in the state. Owner Tammi Kromenaker says she would cross over to Moorhead if forced to do so, but has been too busy to explore details of such a move. She adds that “there are too many unknowns to confirm a specific date” for relocation.

CONSTITUTIONAL MEASURES

Jaeger denies measure for change in ND constitution

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger has denied a move by group that wants to change the voter threshold for amending the state constitution. Jaeger said in a letter to the sponsoring committee Monday that nearly 6,000 of the signatures were invalid. The sponsoring committee last month delivered 910 petitions with a claimed 33,624 signatures, just over the 31,000 signatures that must be approved to get the proposed measure on the November ballot. Jaeger says just under 26,000 signatures were legitimate. The citizen-led Protect North Dakota’s Constitution wants to require voter approval of constitutional amendments from a simple majority to 60% and limit a measure to a single subject. The group said a dozen constitutional amendments proposed since 2010 have been successful.

Gas Pipeline

North Dakota extends deadline for gas pipeline proposals

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A panel that regulates North Dakota’s energy industry has voted to extend the deadline for proposals to build a natural gas pipeline from western North Dakota’s oil patch to the eastern part of the state. The three-member, all-Republican North Dakota Industrial Commission headed by Gov. Doug Burgum moved the deadline for proposals to Aug. 15 after no applications were received by the deadline this month. The North Dakota Legislature in November set aside $150 million in federal coronavirus aid to help construct a trans-state pipeline for natural gas. The pipeline is meant to cut down on the wasteful flaring at well sites and pipe it to communities in the gas-poor eastern part of the state, hoping to spur industrial development.

Gas Prices

Gas prices in North Dakota $1.32 higher than a year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gas rose 7 cents in North Dakota over the past week. AAA says the price now averages $4.17 per gallon statewide. That’s 28 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.32 higher than a year ago. In Fargo gas is averaging nearly $4.19 a gallon. Nationally, the average price is $4.59 per gallon. Petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan, with the price-tracking website Gas-Buddy, says prices over the Memorial Day weekend will likely be $1.50 higher than they were last year. But, DeHaan says there are indications that price increases are slowing down.

School – Deadly Force

No charges for deputy who killed man at North Dakota school

MOTT, N.D. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy will not face criminal charges for killing a man inside a North Dakota public school after the man refused orders to leave the building and fought with the deputy. The Hettinger County sheriff’s office says prosecutors declined to file charges after reviewing the April 21 shooting at Mott-Regent Public School. Sheriff Sarah Warner says the deputy used his stun gun twice on Jeffrie Ray Glover Jr. Warner says that at one point Glover was on top of the deputy with his arm on his neck trying to take the deputy’s knife. Warner says the deputy drew his gun as he started to black out and shot Glover once.

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