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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has cleared a priest who was investigated for his conduct with children. The conclusion of the diocese's internal investigation comes after Richland County prosecutors declined to find any basis for criminal charges against Rev. Thomas Feltman.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's largest business organization has a new president and chief executive. The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that Arik Spencer will take over the organization April 1. He succeeds Andy Peterson, who resigned last year. Spencer currently is the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A citizen-led effort to rework North Dakota's oil tax structure has fizzled. Former Democratic Rep. Ed Gruchalla of Fargo says the idea to reverse legislation that lowered oil taxes for drillers "just couldn't get any traction." The Legislature passed a measure in 2015 that abolishes some price-based incentives in exchange for lowering the overall tax rate from 11.5 percent to 10 percent.

BURLINGTON, N.D. (AP) - A Burlington man likely won't spend any more time in jail for punching and kicking a woman outside a bar. Sixty-year-old Jerry Baldwin pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in an agreement with prosecutors. He had been charged with felony aggravated assault for an attack on the woman that left her unconscious last July.

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