BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest,2nd Ld, ND

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

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North Dakota at 6:30 p.m.

ND FLOODING-INSURANCE

FARGO, N.D. — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say they're disappointed by the number of people in the Red River Valley and elsewhere who don't have flood insurance. FEMA officials say the number of insurance policies in flood-prone Fargo and Cass County dropped by more than 40 percent in the last year. Flood policies in all of North Dakota declined 32 percent. By Dave Kolpack.

AP Photos planned

BEATING DEATH

FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota man whose father is serving life in prison for one of the most gruesome killings in state history has been charged in federal court with first-degree murder. Daniel Greatwalker Jr., of Belcourt, is accused of killing 21-year-old Perry Picotte by striking and stabbing him. Picotte was reported missing on Nov. 27 and his body was discovered on Dec. 2. Daniel Greatwalker Sr. was convicted in November 2002 of killing 43-year-old Linus Wallette, whose body was found in a wooded area near Belcourt. Authorities said Wallette was beaten with a pickax, knife and hammer. By Dave Kolpack.

EVERYDAY DRONES

WASHINGTON — It's a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans' everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. They'll help police departments find missing people, reconstruct traffic accidents and act as lookouts for SWAT teams. They'll alert authorities to people stranded on rooftops by hurricanes and monitor evacuation flows. With military budgets shrinking, drone makers have been counting on the civilian market to spur the industry's growth. But there's an ironic threat to that hope: Success on the battlefield may contain the seeds of trouble for the more benign uses of drones at home. By Joan Lowy.

AP Photos WX201-207

ND FLOOD DECLARATION

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has issued a disaster declaration in preparation for potential spring flooding.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — Residents of Sumner County, Kansas, received a dire warning last year as a tornado barreled through toward Wichita: Get underground or into a shelter — or else.

"Mass devastation is highly likely, making the area unrecognizable to survivors," the National Weather Service cautioned last April. By Kyle Potter. With AP photos.

BELLE FOURCHE-PATROL

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is activating a four-person squad in the western city of Belle Fourche, in response to an increase in traffic associated with the booming oil patch in western North Dakota. The Northern Plains Squad will have a sergeant and three troopers. The trooper positions are being funded with a grant through the federal Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program. The squad starts work Monday.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 22 U.S. states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country. By Paul Wiseman

FROM THE CAPITOL

— DUI BILL — North Dakota's House has killed a bill aimed at strengthening penalties for drunken driving.

— GUN MEASURES — Republican state Sen. Stanley Lyson says allowing people with concealed carry permits to have a gun inside a school or at public gatherings likely won't do anything to improve safety for people.

MORE COURTS AND CRIME:

— SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA CASE — A Mandan businessman convicted of conspiring to sell synthetic marijuana will not have to begin serving his one-year prison sentence until after the state Supreme Court hears his appeal.

— STORE-FAKE MERCHANDISE — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ordered the owner of a Jamestown store that allegedly sold counterfeit brand-name merchandise to stop doing business.

— JUDGE-HEART SURGERY — A state district judge in Grand Forks is recovering after open-heart surgery. Judge Joel Medd turns 66 next month. He had a triple-bypass operation on March 21 and is now recuperating at home for several weeks.

— CREW CAMP HOMICIDE— A state district judge in Williston has denied a bond-reduction request from a man accused of murdering his roommate at an oil field crew camp in Williams County. Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Anderson is accused of stabbing to death 32-year-old Christopher King after an alcohol-fueled dispute March 17. Both men came from Michigan.

— TAX EVASION PLEA — A self-employed scrap metal dealer in the Fargo-Moorhead area has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Twenty-seven-year-old Hamzo Omerovic faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

— MURDER CHARGE — A North Dakota woman has been charged in the stabbing death of a man on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Morning Star Brown has pleaded not guilty in federal court to second degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon.

ALSO OF INTEREST:

— PERSONAL INCOME — Oil-rich North Dakota and drought-stricken South Dakota are at opposite ends of the rankings when it comes to personal income last year.

— CRAMER-TIRADE ALLEGATION — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says remarks he made about reservation safety during a recent meeting with American Indian officials were misconstrued, though he is apologizing for his tone.

— SCHOOL FIRE — Students in Garrison are getting an extended Easter break after a fire at an elementary school. Superintendent Steve Brannan says no one was hurt in the Wednesday afternoon blaze at Bob Callies Elementary, but a fourth-grade classroom was rendered unusable and other areas had smoke and water damage.

SPORTS:

HKC--NCAA-N DAKOTA-NIAGRA

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — North Dakota (21-12-7) faces Niagara (23-9-5) with the winner advancing to the NCAA West Regional hockey final. Developing from 4:30 p.m. Central time start.

Those with usernames and passwords can check www.dakotasportsserver.com for sports stories and game results.

The AP, Bismarck

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