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Across the Region: Judge orders North Dakota protesters not to interfere with oil pipeline


Judge gives young killer 2 life terms with chance of parole 

A judge has re-sentenced a man who killed two people at a Des Moines restaurant in 1992 to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The Des Moines Register reported that  District Court Judge Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt on Wednesday altered Joseph “Jo-Jo” White’s two life terms to give him the right to seek his freedom from the Iowa Board of Parole. White was sentenced to life without parole, but he sought the resentencing after rulings by the U.S. and Iowa supreme courts banning such sentences for people who committed crimes as juveniles.

White was convicted of gunning down 25-year-old Cara McGrane and 28-year-old Tim Burnett during a robbery of the Drake Diner, where both were managers.

White, then 17, grabbed less than $500 from the cash register.


North Dakota

Judge orders protesters not to interfere with oil pipeline 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered protesters in North Dakota not to interfere with the construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted the developer’s motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday.

Dakota Access filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 15 against protesters. The Texas-based company’s complaint alleges protesters are putting the safety of workers and law enforcement at risk.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe late last month sued federal regulators for approving the pipeline from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.


South Dakota

State of South Dakota reaches tax deals with 3 more tribes 

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says his administration has reached new tax agreements with three more American Indian tribes.

The Crow Creek Sioux, Oglala Sioux and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate entered into agreements with the state earlier this summer.

The state earlier reached agreements with the Cheyenne River, Rosebud, Standing Rock and Yankton Sioux tribes.

Daugaard says the agreements benefit the state by advancing tax uniformity and fairness, and provide thousands of dollars of tax revenue for tribes.



Property damage from unrest could reach millions 

Federal officials say the cost of damage to eight businesses that were burned during violence in a north side Milwaukee neighborhood could exceed several million dollars.

A team of special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the fires that destroyed or damaged a BP gas station, an auto parts store, a bank, a beauty supply shop, a grocery store and three liquor stores on Saturday and Sunday.

The team is using dogs to help detect accelerants.

The agency is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Special agent Joel Lee would not disclose how many calls or tips have been generated by the offer.

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