Morning headlines: Racist taunts at high school basketball games spur North Dakota legislation

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North Dakota Rep. Jayme Davis, D-Rolette, testifies before the House Human Services Committee at the state Capitol on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.
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BISMARCK — A string of racial taunting at North Dakota high school basketball games has prompted legislation in Bismarck.

House Concurrent Resolution 3022 calls for a legislative study that seeks to clarify the role of education officials, school districts and athletics regulators in promoting proper spectator behavior at sporting events. The study would include a “clarification of (spectator) expectations and consequences for violating those expectations.” Full story here.

Minnesota State Sen. Torrey Westrom involved in snowmobile crash near Alexandria

State Sen. Torrey Westrom

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Alexandria, was injured in a snowmobile crash on Lake Ida, north of Alexandria Sunday afternoon, March 12.


The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at about 3 p.m. from Trista Stamness, who reported a single vehicle snowmobile accident on the north end of Lake Ida. Full story here.

The overturning of Roe V. Wade launches ‘a new pro-life movement,’ North Dakota activists say

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Sen. Janne Myrdal, R-Edinburg, presents a bill amendment on the state Senate floor on Feb. 18, 2021, that would ban North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota from partnering with groups that provide abortions. (Screenshot via North Dakota Legislature)

BISMARCK — A bundle of pregnancy-related bills — collectively coined “Responding with Love” by the North Dakota Catholic Conference — are making their way through the state Legislature.

Enabled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year overturning Roe v. Wade, legislators and others who fought long for that result say the work isn’t done. Full story here.

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