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News Minute: Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press

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WHITE SHIELD, N.D. (AP) - The environmental director of the Three Affiliated Tribes says he hasn't been allowed to see water or soil tests from the area where a pipeline spewed one million gallons of saltwater. Edmund Baker complains that the public is being kept in the dark about last month's spill near Mandaree. Another tribal official says Baker -- who is running for tribal chairman -- never asked for the information.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota students still are scoring below the national average on the ACT college entrance exam. Their average score this year was 20.6. The national average was 21. The ACT tests students on English, math, reading and science.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota Board of Higher Education committee is recommending that most of the state's college and university presidents get a three percent pay raise. The panel recommends a five percent bump for the president of Williston State because of the rising cost of living in the oil patch boomtown. The full board will vote next month.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The number of hunting licenses available for North Dakota's fall turkey season has dropped for the sixth year in a row. The state has about 3,800 licenses available. That number was 8,700 in 2008. Officials say the turkey population has declined because of several cold, wet springs that killed off young birds.

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