WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. The White House says the bill "seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes" by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The project, which first was proposed in 2008, would carry oil extracted from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. A House vote is expected tomorrow.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is requesting a federal disaster declaration to help 16 counties and the Spirit lake Reservation recover from spring flooding. Dalrymple sent a letter to President Obama asking for the declaration. If approved, the presidential disaster declaration would make federal funding available to several counties and the Spirit Lake Reservation.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Federal prosecutors want the notes of mental health professionals who examined a man convicted of killing of a University of North Dakota student more than nine years ago. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minn., was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of raping, beating and stabbing Dru Sjodin (shuh-DEEN') of Pequot Lakes, Minn., in 2003. Defense attorneys in 2011 filed a federal habeas corpus motion claiming Rodriguez is mentally disabled and his trial team was ineffective.
TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - A 30-year-old man is recovering at a Minot hospital after he was found with stab wounds at an oilfield camp near Tioga. The man was discovered walking through the Capital Lodge man camp at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to the Tioga hospital and then airlifted to Minot, where he is in stable condition.
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