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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in North Dakota has been arrested. Bismarck police say 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos was taken into custody Thursday in Brookings, South Dakota, without incident. Police had said that the officer shot at the suspect during the incident and that he likely was struck by a bullet. Police didn't provide details of Villalobos' condition Thursday night. The officer wasn't injured.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A task force assembled by the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota has released its final recommendations for saving a stalled Red River diversion project meant to protect Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from the Red River. But the recommendations released Thursday don't include a location for a dam that would hold back water in times of serious flooding. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he expects engineers from the state of Minnesota and from the two cities to identify a location within a month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision slipped into the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of private buyers. Observers say it's not clear yet whether a fix can pass, given the partisan divide on Capitol Hill. The provision was added in the final days of debate over the tax bill.
THOMPSON, N.D. (AP) - Two women including a 97-year-old are dead after a head-on collision on a highway in northeastern North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the women were passengers in a sport utility vehicle that collided with a Nissan Altima on Highway 15 near Thompson on Thursday morning. Authorities say the westbound Nissan was negotiating a curve in the frost-covered road when it crossed the center line and collided with the eastbound SUV. Names of the victims were not immediately released.
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