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Fargo father changes plea in drunk driving accident

On March 23, 2019, Christopher Devine drove his car on University Drive South and crashed it causing one of his sons to sustain life-ending injuries. On Monday, Sept. 23, he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. KVRR reported Devine was going over 60 miles per hour when he crashed the car, which was carrying himself and two of his sons. His seven-year-old son died a few days following the crash while his other son, a five-year-old, reportedly experienced serious injuries. A Fargo judge withdrew 31-year-old Devine’s bail and a date for his sentencing is yet to be determined but is reportedly expected to be in three months. Devine is being held without bail until then.

WalletHub study names North Dakota ‘Best State for Teachers’

Personal finance and statistics website, WalletHub, released a study on Sept. 23 ranking the “Best” and “Worst” states to be a teacher in with North Dakota ranking number one. WalletHub based their scores off of “Opportunity and Competition” and “Academic and Work Environment”. North Dakota received the highest score at 61.69 points out of 100 with New Jersey and Pennsylvania following closely behind with scores of 60.15 and 59.67. Minnesota and Wyoming were ranked seventh and fourth with scores of 55.61 and 56.98, while Montana and South Dakota were ranked 27th and 29th with scores of 50.42 and 50.18.

Police suspect hate crime in Dallas shooting of transgender woman

On Sept. 20, a man who was behind the wheel of a pickup truck drove beside a woman and reportedly screamed out discriminatory slurs regarding how the woman identified her gender. According to NBC News, the man eventually fired his weapon multiple times hitting the woman in her arms and chest. Dallas police could not get a statement from the victim until Sunday due to her injuries. Police suspect this to be another hate crime against transgender women. There have already been two official fatal attacks against a transgender woman in Dallas and another in Houston occurred at the end of July. In the other cases, the perpetrators were found and arrested. Dallas Police have a $5,000 reward for any information that results in an arrest and indictment of the shooter. They are seeking out a red four-door pickup with “large wheel rims” and have posted images and more details about the case on their official website.

D.C reportedly getting ready to impeach President Trump

With acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, set to testify later this week in front of the House Intelligence Committee, many in D.C are expecting the impeachment of President Trump to come to a head. NBC News reported that a senior House Democratic aide stated, “The dam could break on Thursday.” Trump reportedly withheld aide, that was approved by the House, from the Ukraine days before he made a phone call to their new President where Trump admitted to talking about Joe Biden (one of his potential opposers for the 2020 election) and his son Hunter Biden. Many think that Trump is using that aide money as ransom until the Ukrainian president can accuse Biden and his son for corruption. When asked about his discussion with the Ukrainian President and the contents of what they discussed, Trump claimed, “Everybody does it.”

Fall in Fargo: Rheault Farms Celebrates Fall

The 20-year tradition of ‘Fall in Fargo’ was in full swing yet again at Rheault Farm in Fargo this past weekend. There were 15 fall-themed fair games and activities, some of which included straw mazes and apple tosses that were all free activities for families and carnival-goers to enjoy. Guests were also able to pay for face painting and rides while attending the fall festival. According to KVRR, many citizens of Fargo attended the event that is put together by the Fargo Park District since they can still enjoy the outside before the cold winters come while not worrying about the humidity summer brings. The ‘Fall in Fargo’ festival will be up and running again next weekend (September 28-29). On Saturday, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, it will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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