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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The director of the North Dakota Legislature's research arm is retiring after 39 years with the agency. Jim Smith says he's retiring at the end of August. The Legislative Council is the North Dakota Legislature's nonpartisan research arm. Its staff includes accountants and attorneys who help do research, draft bills and keep track of budget proposals. Smith is the first accountant to head the agency that has 36 employees and a two-year-budget of about $12 million.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 21-year-old Bismarck mother is charged with child neglect after her 3-month-old daughter was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police responded to CHI St. Alexius Health after being alerted to the baby's numerous injuries, including multiple skull fractures. The baby was later airlifted to a medical facility in Fargo.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The family of a missing woman has renewed their search on a North Dakota reservation. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 32-year-old Olivia Lone Bear was last seen in October in New Town. Her brother, Matthew Lone Bear, says that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has directed searchers to look over the Fort Berthold Reservation again after winter weather pulled volunteers back from the field.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A disease more commonly known as EHM has been confirmed in a barrel-racing horse in Bowman County. The state Agriculture Department says the horse was quickly euthanized, and horses that were exposed to the sick horse in the previous days have been quarantined. But owners of other horses that might have had contact with the affected horse are being advised to consult with their veterinarian, monitor their animals and restrict travel.

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