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DEER-VEHICLE COLLISIONS

Chance of deer-vehicle collision high in Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in the Dakotas than in most other states.

State Farm has released its annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation, with the chance of a driver hitting a deer estimated at 1 in 82. North Dakota is 16th, with the chance 1 in 120.

The national odds are 1 in 169.

West Virginia tops the list for the eighth year in a row, with a 1-in-39 chance of a motorist hitting a deer.

PLEDGE DISPUTE

Pledge of Allegiance center of school dispute

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - A national atheist group is helping the parents of a 6-year-old New Town boy who wants to sit down while his classmates stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to school officials, saying that coercing a student to stand for the pledge infringes on his or her constitutional rights.

Parent Jesse Adams tells the Minot Daily News that school staff have removed his son from the classroom and also suggested to the parents that they bring the boy to school 10 minutes late.

School District Superintendent Marc Bluestone says the boy has been asked to stand outside the classroom during the pledge to avoid disrupting the other students. He says school officials are consulting with the district's attorney.

BERTHOLD RESERVATION ELECTION

Oil-rich ND reservation to hold primary election

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Members of North Dakota's oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation go to the polls Tuesday in a primary election that will determine the two candidates who will vie for the leadership of the tribes in November.

The candidates running for chairman are incumbent Tex Hall, Tribal Attorney Damon Williams, former chairman Marcus Levings, Councilman Ken Hall, Councilman Randy Phelan and tribal Tax Director Mark Fox.

The primary will also determine the final two candidates for Tribal Business Council representative spots in three Fort Berthold Indian Reservation segments.

Those who advance from Tuesday's contest will meet in a Nov. 4 general election.

The reservation represents roughly a third of North Dakota's more than one million barrels of oil produced daily.

DEER-VEHICLE COLLISIONS

Chance of deer-vehicle collision high in Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in the Dakotas than in most other states.

State Farm has released its annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation, with the chance of a driver hitting a deer estimated at 1 in 82. North Dakota is 16th, with the chance 1 in 120.

The national odds are 1 in 169.

West Virginia tops the list for the eighth year in a row, with a 1-in-39 chance of a motorist hitting a deer.

TANK OVERFLOW

ND energy workers contain oil, water spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says workers have contained 500 barrels of water and three barrels of oil after a spill in the state's northwest corner.

The division said 20 barrels of water and one barrel of oil hadn't been recovered Monday at the Oasis Petroleum site about 11 miles northeast of White Earth. The water is used in hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting oil and gas.

The spill is believed to be the result of a tank overflow.

The division didn't report any environmental damage. It says a state inspector is traveling to the site and will monitor the rest of the cleanup.

LICENSE OFFICES-CLOSURES

ND driver's license offices to close for 3 days

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota driver's license offices will close for three days across the state for required annual employee training.

The Department of Transportation says all offices will be closed Sept. 24-26. The only exception is the office on East Boulevard Ave. in Bismarck. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Motor vehicle offices will remain open as scheduled. They will process vehicle registrations, titles, license plates and tabs as usual.

FARGO-NCAA REGIONAL

UND boosters get 1st chance at NCAA hockey event

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - University of North Dakota boosters will get the first crack at buying tickets for the 2015 NCAA West Regional men's hockey tournament in Fargo.

The tourney is scheduled March 27-28 at Scheels Arena in Fargo. It will be managed by the UND athletics department.

UND officials say the school's Champions Club members will have until Oct. 6 to request tickets. The request will be based on booster club priority points and does not guarantee the sale of tickets.

The arena seats 5,000 people. Officials say the number of tickets for the event is "extremely limited."

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