Noon News Update
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Fargo voters have decided mayor Dennis Walaker will get another four years. He beat out his competitor, commission colleague and old friend Brad Wimmer, with 56 percent of the votes.
Walaker started his Tuesday in Washington D.C. with President Obama signing a bill worth 1.8 billion dollars. Walaker calls the Water Resources Reform and Development Act robust flood relief the F-M area "needs and deserves." The legislation authorizes more than 800 million dollars in federal funding for the diversion. The diversion is just one of more than 30 water projects included in the bill.
A possible recount in the race for four West Fargo school board seats…Kara Stack and Jon Erickson received the most votes, followed by Shauna Vistad and Allan Skramstad - the only incumbent in the race. The latter two are separated by only two votes. Dan Schaeffer trails Skramstad by seven votes. If the percentage between Schaeffer and Skramstad remains less than a half percent when votes are canvassed Monday, a recount will be triggered. Members serve four-year terms and earn $4,730 annually.
North Dakota saw the lowest voter turnout for a June election since at least 1980. Voter turnout barely cracked 17 percent for Tuesday's election. With all 427 precincts reporting, voters cast more than 93,000 ballots for a turnout rate of about 17 percent. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said voter turnout in June elections has historically been around 20 percent.
On the day his trial was supposed to start, a Fargo man pleads guilty to robbery. Nyantey Gaylah has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery. Gaylah was charged in the January armed robbery of the Mister Money store on 25th street. Two other men were charged in the case as well.
A Fargo South swimming accident has district officials making changes...including having a lifeguard present anytime the pool is in use. Back in February, student Frederic Ndereimana died after he was found unconscious in the pool. A task force created an aquatics policy promoting safety for students and community members. Whenever the pool is in use, there will be a lifeguard present. Teachers, coaches, or instructors leading a pool activity will have lifeguard and CPR certification.
A Bowman woman who faced murder charges after police found her newborn baby drowned in a toilet last July is sentenced. Stephanie Lindstrom pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. Her one year prison term is suspended. She will be on probation for five years and have to get counseling for two years. The judge saying he doesn't believe there is any indication the death was intentional. He has ordered a pre-sentence Investigation and psychological evaluation.
Oregon authorities say a teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in the town of Troutdale. Officers found the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom at Reynolds High School.
Take a look at today's Forum: The daughter in the first father-daughter U.S. Marshals team is retiring after a history-making career.
And on the news tonight: a look at the effects of the primary election results.
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