Bismarck Tribune staff
BISMARCK — A Bismarck man has been charged with murdering his infant daughter. Jose Rivera-Rieffel, 22, of Bismarck, was charged Friday with murder, child abuse and disobedience of a judicial order tied to a previous child abuse case. He had an initial appearance in South Central District Court Tuesday.
BISMARCK -- A 41-year-old Bismarck man was taken to a local hospital early Thursday, April 26, after he was run over by a vehicle during an altercation outside of a residence, Bismarck police said. A group of people had a conflict after 3 a.m. Thursday outside of a residence in the 1400 block of East Avenue D as they were trying to get a man to leave the residence, said Sgt. Mark Buschena.
BISMARCK—Andeavor, an oil company that operates 10 refineries in the western U.S., has awarded the University of Mary in Bismarck a $500,000 grant to support the development of a new laboratory within the new School of Engineering. The grant will support the development of an on-campus Control Systems Laboratory that will allow students to learn, apply and test underlying fundamental knowledge and state-of-the-art field applications used in engineering.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Safety Council is hosting its 45th annual Safety & Health Conference, anticipating more than 1,000 people from across the Midwest to attend. During the 106 sessions, 61 speakers will address solutions to some of North Dakota's most pressing safety concerns, including the opioid epidemic and violence preparedness. The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 20-22, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, at the Bismarck Event Center.
BISMARCK—A Friends and Family Cruise is being offered on board USNS City of Bismarck on April 7, leaving from the U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, Va. Tours of other Navy ships will be made available April 6. "This is a great opportunity for people to take a short cruise on our new ship. We are very excited about this opportunity," said Bob Wefald, chairman of the USNS City of Bismarck Committee.
BISMARCK—The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline to May 31 for victims of fraud involving money transfers through Western Union to file claims to get their money back. As a result of a joint investigation by the FTC, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million and admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using that money to provide refunds to people who were tricked into using Western Union to pay scammers.
The Center for Consumer Freedom has filed amici curiae, or friend of the court, briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting 13 states, including North Dakota, that are challenging restrictions by California and Massachusetts on what eggs and pork products can be sold in supermarkets. CCF asserts these restrictions adopted by California and Massachusetts are unconstitutional overreaches that seek to require how farmers in other states care for their animals.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has been named one of seven new members to the board of directors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Helgaas Burgum's priority is supporting and developing initiatives for fighting addiction in North Dakota's communities. In long-term recovery for 15 years, she has been using her personal experience to help others battling addiction and to address what she believes is a statewide crisis.
BISMARCK—North Dakota was given a grade of "C," in a report released Monday by the Center for American Progress that provides an overview of election security and preparedness in each state. The report has garnered the attention of politicians in the state, including U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The budget deal signed by President Donald Trump Friday, Feb. 9, removes the funding cap for the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to producers of livestock and honeybees for losses due to weather events and disease. The program is currently capped at $20 million, but demand has been nearly $40 million and is expected to grow, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who introduced legislation to remove the ELAP funding cap in December.