Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization. Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo. If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org
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MINNESOTA—U.S. Senators are pushing back against the FCC's decision to end net neutrality rules. We spoke with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Friday, she says this is all about keeping a free and open Internet. Klobuchar is part of a group introducing a bill under the Congressional Review Act. That act says if a rule is against the will of the people Congress can try to reverse it. Klobuchar argues yesterday's vote is against the will of the people.
FARGO—A Fargo woman is the first Miss North Dakota runner-up in history to take over the title, after the winner's crown was upgraded. Lizzie Jensen officially assumed the role this week after Cara Mund took the Miss America crown. Now, she's getting to work. Jensen will begin a tour of North Dakota schools next week, talking to students about her anti-bullying platform. She's hoping to make a lasting impact.
NORTH DAKOTA—After Republicans failed to get enough votes on their Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill this week some Senators are renewing a push for bipartisan reforms. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp says bipartisan talks have been going on since the 'skinny' repeal of Obamacare failed in August. She expects a bill will be ready by early next week, with at least 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats pledging their support. That bill will include short-term fixes to stabilize the health insurance markets and give governors more flexibility.
FARGO—Police have made contact with a Fargo restaurant owner who disappeared three months ago. Rodolfo "Romo" Garcia's family reported him missing May 30th. He was the owner of the popular "Romo's Tacos" and other restaurants in town. Thursday, a Fargo Police detective following up on a lead made contact with Romo through another law enforcement agency. Police said he is fine, but doesn't want his current location known to anyone. Since this isn't considered a criminal matter, police aren't releasing any other information, in respect to his privacy.
A Fargo family is hoping to get the word out after their 11-year-old son says a man followed him on his way home and tried to get him to get into his truck. It happened in this neighborhood on 20th Avenue South, not too far from Lewis & Clark Elementary. An 11-year-old boy says a man offered him a ride home, and repeatedly tried to convince him to get in his truck. The boy's family asked that we not show his face to protect his privacy. "I was really scared," the boy said.
FARGO, N.D. — A 24-year-old North Dakota man is accused of enticing a Nebraska teen to run away with him after the two met through an online gaming group. Nicollas Johnson was arrested in Fargo early Wednesday morning. On Monday, July 10th, the 14-year-old Beatrice, Nebraska girl was reported missing. Police initially believed she was a runaway, but later determined she had been enticed to leave with Johnson.
FARGO—A parking ramp that just opened in downtown Fargo is free for hourly use, for now. These payment machines at the Roberts Street parking garage aren't operational just yet, city officials plan to test them out and hopefully have them up and running by July 1st. When that happens you'll pay $3.00 to park 2 to 4 hours, $5.00 for 4 to 6 hours, and $8.00for six or more. If you're parking here for less than two hours it's free. Parking is also free here after 5 p.m. and on most weekends unless there is an event like the street fair.
CASS COUNTY—The second of two men accused in the abduction of an adult in the metro is now charged. 44-year-old Victor Toribio was charged with kidnapping Tuesday in Cass County court. Authorities say he and Jose Toribio kidnapped Dylan Sprague at a house in West Fargo Friday. They allegedly blamed Sprague for causing Jose's daughter, Ciera Olson, to be late for work. They drove into Fargo with Olson tailing them. At one point, Jose got out and smashed his daughter's windshield with a baseball bat.
BERLIN TERROR SUSPECT KILLED The suspect in the terror attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people and injured 48 is dead. Anis Amri was killed in a shootout with police in Milan. Officers stopped Amri near a train station for a routine check. He shot at and wounded at least one officer when they asked for his documents. Police returned fire, killing him. ATTTORNEYS ASK FOR JUDGE TO BE REMOVED FROM POLICE SHOOTING CAS
MAN WIELDING SHOTGUN IN APARTMENT DETAINED A man was detained in West Fargo after reportedly wielding a shotgun in the hallway of an apartment building. Police and firefighters responded to an apartment on 10th avenue West a little after 10 o'clock last night. They found a man inside of the building with several firearms.