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With the ban looming, some lawmakers and attorneys are raising concerns about small inconsistencies within the state’s abortion laws that they believe could make a big difference to medical providers trying to treat pregnant patients without stepping on legal landmines.
Attorneys are frustrated about not being able to connect with clients held at North Dakota prisons. It’s a problem that's gone on for years, lawyers said.
Attorney Kiara Kraus-Parr argued that Chad Isaak was not present during parts of jury selection for his trial, which would violate his right to question potential jurors. She also claimed the court wrongfully held pretrial conferences off the record and sealed documents that should have been public.
Some anti-abortion activists believe lawmakers should bump up support for new and expectant mothers and their children in light of the abortion ban.

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The driver was not wearing a helmet and faces charges for driving under the influence in relation to the crash.
Officials will push for a faster construction timeline for the $1.3 billion Red River Valley Water Supply Project, which will provide supplemental water during periods of extended drought to cities including Fargo and Grand Forks.
Summer traffic in Medora, North Dakota, could double once the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library opens in 2026.
Dakota Prairie Grassland officials said they are surveying the area to identify a temporary reroute, and additional information will be released once a reroute is identified and completed.
OMB Director Joe Morrissette will step down from his leading role on Aug. 31, but he will continue to serve as director in a part-time role through next year's legislative session, according to the North Dakota governor's office.
The donated land is for shared parking, hiking paths and an enhanced access road to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre and adjacent presidential library.

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Helmets are an important part of motorcycle safety, but so are other forms of protective gear, including gloves, over-the-ankle protection for the feet, and eye protection, said Lonnie Bertsch of ABATE of North Dakota, a nonprofit group that provides motorcyclist safety training.
On Wednesday, clinic escorts outnumbered protesters while at least four patients were led inside North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic at 512 1st Ave. N. in downtown Fargo.
The person diagnosed with West Nile virus lives in Richland County in southeast North Dakota and was not hospitalized.

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