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Fargo expands panhandling ban

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The Fargo City Commission is moving forward with plans to expand a city ordinance banning panhandling.  

Panhandling right now is prohibited only in the downtown area of North Dakota's largest city. Police Chief Keith Ternes is recommending that it be more far-reaching.   

The City Commission is asking attorneys to draft a revised ordinance that also would ban panhandling in residential areas; near intersections, crosswalks and bus stops; and along roadways or medians that separate traffic.  

Panhandler Calvin Norman tells WDAY-TV that his criminal record prevents him from getting a job, and he needs to panhandle to survive. He and fiancee Mindi Thompsen wonder where they will go.