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Fargo Station Works Out Deal with School Districts to Avoid Prosecution

MellaneyMoorePioneer Press is reporting Fargo CBS and NBC affiliate KVLY-KXJB has agreed to not assign school stories to reporter Mellaney Moore for 90 days in exchange for the having trespassing charges against her dropped in Fargo and Moorhead, MN.

Moore was investigated by West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead after her hidden camera investigation into school security where she entered three different schools without checking in at the front desks.

The essentially identical agreements hashed out with school officials — signed by the districts’ superintendents as well as Moore, the news director and the general manager of Valley News Live — say the districts will ask prosecutors to charge Moore if she commits any trespassing violations in the next year.

The mediated settlement specifies that officials from neither the districts nor Valley News Live will take retaliatory action against each other in the wake of the agreement.

It also bars both Valley News Live and school officials from making any public statements about Moore entering the schools. The only exception is district officials are allowed to say publicly they chose not to press charges.

The agreement states that Valley News Live may continue to cover the public schools, including investigative reports. The deal does require Valley News Live to follow all state and local laws in future reporting.

The districts agreed to provide access to all media outlets as the law requires.

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