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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A prosecutor has cleared a Bismarck police officer who shot and wounded a fleeing suspect who tried to run him over. Ward County State's Attorney Rozanna Larson found that Officer Lane Masters "acted reasonably and justifiably" when he shot 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado in January. Authorities were conducting a probation search when Villalobos-Alvarado reportedly fled the scene in Bismarck. He was shot in the arm and later turned himself in at a gas station in Brookings, South Dakota.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A judge has ordered a psychological exam for a Fargo man accused of killing another man in a fight earlier this month. Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Habiger is charged with murder in the March 2 slaying of 32-year-old Jarryd Heis at Habiger's apartment. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted. Court documents show Habiger will under the psychological exam at the State Hospital in Jamestown.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's attorney general is applauding a ruling issued by a federal magistrate that allows the state to move forward on legal challenges to an Obama administration rule. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem led a coalition of 12 states against the "Waters of the U.S. Rule" in 2015 in North Dakota. The federal government protested the case moving forward. U.S. Magistrate Judge Senechal rejected the government's request on Friday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The state Agriculture Department said this week that it helped distribute more hay to drought-stricken ranchers, amid cautious optimism that this year won't be as bone-dry as last. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a wetter-than-average next three months for the northern Plains, and improvement in drought conditions in the region.
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