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Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Protest camp evacuations 'going rather smoothly'

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum saids it appears between 25 and 50 people are left at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on the Cannonball River.

At its peak, an estimated 10,000 people were at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp.

Wednesday (2-22-17) was the deadline for protestors to vacate. Burgum told reporters from his perspective, that process went rather smoothly.

"I think the message got out," Burgum said. "Lots and lots of people left the camp voluntarily."

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The Senate has voted to dissolve the Tobacco Control and Prevention agency.

That agency is funded by part of the so-called “master settlement” on a lawsuit states filed against big tobacco companies. Both the Dalrymple budget and the Burgum budget called for the agency’s elimination, and the duties to be transferred to the state Health department.

The agency was created by initiated measure passed by voters in 2008.

Medical Marijuana Bill passes Senate

Feb 23, 2017
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The state Senate has passed a bill to regulate medical marijuana.

The new regulations are designed to implement the initiated measure passed by voters in the November election.

"The main objective was to insure the voters are going to get medical marijuana," said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson), the bill's main sponsor. "All parties involved were committed to doing the right thing. And I think we got it."

The state Health Department will administer the program.

Wind farm moratorium loses in the Senate

Feb 23, 2017
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The state Senate has rejected the idea of imposing a two year moratorium on wind development.

Instead, it approved a study of North Dakota’s power generation.

Wednesday, February 22 – It’s the first-ever prediction of a nova, and it should result in a new star in the sky. Joining us to explain his prediction is Larry Molnar, professor of astronomy and physics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ~~~ California filmmaker Morissa Maltz came to Standing Rock to talk to Dakota Access Pipeline protestors and ended up making a friend. She visits with Chris Laughery of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment.” ~~~ “500 Women in Science” started over concerns that arose during the last presidential campaign.

Deadline day for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

Feb 22, 2017

Law enforcement will evict the remaining protesters at a North Dakota camp this afternoon. (WEDNESDAY)

thousands of protesters gathered near the Standing Rock reservation over several months hoping to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. the pipeline is soon to be completed and spring flooding threatens the camp.

Stuart Perkins is Ojibwe from Minneapolis. He's been at the camp since October and won't leave on his own.

Construction on the Dakota Access oil pipeline could wrap up in March. While the pipeline company still faces legal challenges, it’s fast-tracking the last section of pipe under the Missouri River. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk recently visited the nearby protest camp that’s on the verge of disappearing.

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By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator species from hunters — and so the bill now heads to the desk of President Trump, who is widely expected to sign it.

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School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

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An attack mid-day Wednesday in the heart of London has caused at least four deaths and 20 injuries, according to police.

Police say the dead include the suspected assailant, two civilians and an armed police officer who was defending Parliament.

Authorities have declared the attack a "terrorist incident." They say they believe there was a single attacker.

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