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Head of North Dakota Commerce Department retains attorney as audit sparks criminal investigation

The head of North Dakota’s Commerce Department has personally retained an attorney amid a criminal investigation into audit findings of potential state law violations.   Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer appeared Wednesday before the Legislature’s Audit and Fiscal Review Committee to answer lawmakers’ questions related to audit findings that agency officials mishandled appropriations and also skirted public Read More…

Brutal deaths of North Dakota mother, 4 kids in Mexico ‘heart-wrenching,’ says state senator who knows family

MEXICO CITY — A Williston, N.D., woman and four of her children were among those killed during a series of brutal attacks in northern Mexico on Monday, Nov. 4, according to a family member’s Facebook post. The onslaught has sent shock waves through two countries and prompted impassioned responses from political leaders.   Kenny LeBaron Read More…

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Sheriff calls for tougher border security to stop Mexico cartels poisoning US national parks

Democrats need to get on board with tougher border security measures to combat Mexican drug cartels who are poisoning U.S. national parks, said Pinal County, Ariz. Sheriff Mark Lamb on  “Fox & Friends First.” Lamb told host Heather Childers that drug and human traffickers coming over the U.S.-Mexico border have “total disregard for our country.” “It’s not just those grow areas,” Read More…

Thai police seize 390 pounds of crystal meth from Japan-bound treadmills

Anti-narcotics officers in Thailand on Tuesday seized nearly 390 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside treadmills that had been bound for Japan. Authorities were tipped off after their counterparts in Australia told them they had busted a similar case with drugs hidden inside exercise equipment from Thailand, Police Maj. Gen. Yingyot Thepchamnong told Reuters. Thai authorities on Tuesday seized 80 Read More…

3 prison guards indicted on malfeasance after inmate’s death

ANGIE, La. (AP) – Authorities in Louisiana say three prison guards were fired and accused of excessive force and failing to prevent an inmate’s death. The Advocate reports B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn correction officers Capt. Brink Hillman, Sgt. John Crain and Sgt. Gary King were indicted on felonious malfeasance and obstruction of justice charges. Termination letters Read More…

Bobcat announces $26M expansion for Litchfield, Minn., facility

Doosan Bobcat announced the plans Thursday, Nov. 14. The investment will modernize the existing production facility by adding new paint lines, a climate-controlled environment and assembly line upgrades. The Litchfield plant, about 65 miles west of Minneapolis, has been a part of Doosan Bobcat since 2004 and currently manufactures attachments for Doosan Bobcat loaders and Read More…

GOP lawmaker pushes back on 'shocking' NYC proposal to allow inmates to vote

A proposal by New York State Democratic Sen. Kevin Parker to allow convicted felons to vote puts the interests of criminals before those of law-abiding citizens, GOP State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said on Wednesday. Malliotakis appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and said the voting proposal, along with bail reform, will end up putting the public on the Read More…

Airbnb guests sue homeowner after discovering 3 hidden cameras in unit, lawsuit claims

A couple has sued the owner of a San Diego, Calif., apartment rented via Airbnb after claiming it had cameras hidden throughout the converted garage unit. BAGGAGE HANDLER SENTENCED FOR TAMPERING WITH PASSENGERS’ CHECKED BAGS IN REVENGE PLOT AGAINST COMPANY An unidentified couple booked an Airbnb in the city’s Clairemont neighborhood back in November 2018. Three Read More…

Police release video of suspects in murder of Santa Cruz tech exec, announcing $150G reward

Police on Wednesday released black-and-white surveillance footage of three people walking toward the home of millionaire tech executive Tushar Atre the night he was kidnapped from his palatial home overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Oct. 1. The footage, released by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, was captured at 2:47 a.m. on Oct. 1. In it, people Read More…

DSU names interim president

The State Board of Higher Education named Stephen Easton interim president of Dickinson State University in a special meeting via teleconference today. According to a news release from the North Dakota University System, “Easton has a strong personal connection to Dickinson State University. Easton, who graduated summa cum laude from DSU in 1980 with a Read More…

Pelosi calls Trump's actions 'bribery' as Democrats sharpen case for impeachment

The shift toward bribery as an impeachable offense, one of only two crimes specifically cited in the Constitution, comes after nearly two months of debate over whether Trump’s conduct amounted to a “quid pro quo” – a lawyerly Latin term describing an exchange of things of value. Wednesday’s public testimony from two senior diplomats, Pelosi, Read More…

Ohio House passes bill to protect students' religious expression in school

A bill to protect students’ religious expression that passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday reportedly could have an impact on the grading of tests and other assignments where scientific theory might conflict with religious belief. By a 61-31 vote, House members passed the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019,” a bill to enshrine Read More…

Washington high school teacher threatened to shoot students, officials say

A high school geometry teacher in Washington state was busted for threatening to shoot students, authorities said. Julie Elizabeth Hillend-Jones, a 58-year-old teacher at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, made the threat while on the phone with a caseworker on Tuesday, but refused to “back off from those comments” as Pierce County sheriff’s officials Read More…