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For the past several years, the North Dakota Public Service Commission has received a $10,000 grant to advertise the “one call” program, Call Before You Dig.

The money comes from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. And it normally goes toward advertising, mainly to billboards.

But this year, the PSC has applied for $60,000 -- $10,000 for advertising, and $50,000 to cover staff investigation and legal time.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said it’s time to replace the state’s voting machines.

And he’ll be asking the 2017 Legislature to pay for them.

Jaeger said the current machines were purchased in 2004, to comply with the “Help America Vote Act.” And he said at that time, those weren't the most up to date devices.

"But everybody in the nation was buying election equipment," Jaeger said. "We had to do that. And qwe had certain deadlines to meet."

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David Hamilton, FM OPera Director; Magic Flute director, Patrick Hansen; and singers Holly Flack, Kyle Tomlin, Keely Borland, and Elsa Queron. More discussion of the steampunk style of this production, and not only the high notes but the low notes (one in particular) come in for attention.

Emily Wheeler

David Hamilton talks about the new production with the director, Patrick Hansen, who came up with the steampunk concept, and several of the actors.  They include Holly Flack, Kyle Tomlin, Keely Borland, and Elsa Queron.  Costumes, high notes, and the fact that it is in English all come up. 

North Dakota Democrats are wondering - what will it take for Republicans in the state to denounce Donald Trump?

Karla Hanson is a candidate for the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 44. She says up until recently, she and her husband have encouraged their young sons to watch political debates and discuss them as a family. Hanson says so far this year, she's watched Trump mock a disabled reporter and disrespect a Gold Star family - but due to recent developments, she and her husband sat down with their sons to discuss some comments made by Trump.

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The 2017 Legislature will likely tackle the issue of whether the state should fully fund social service programs.

Right now, counties can levy up to 20 mills of property tax to pay for some of those services. The interim Political Subdivisions Taxation Committee studied the bill. But the committee chairman – Rep. Jason Dockter (R-Bismarck) – said the bill needs some work, and his committee ran out of time.

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Measure two on the November ballot deals with the foundation aid stabilization fund.

That fund is used to make up for any budget allotments to elementary and secondary education ordered by the Governor. Only the Governor can dip into it, and only after an allotment.

In the past year, it has been used twice.

The measure would allow the Legislature to access it – for educational purposes. Opponents said because the measure does not specifically spell out K-12 education, the money could be used for such things as higher education.

No charges against Amy Goodman for DAPL protest

Oct 17, 2016
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A public media journalist will no longer face criminal charges stemming from an incident at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now.” She was covering the protest south of Mandan over the Labor Day weekend. She followed the protestors onto private land.

Goodman had faced a trespassing charge. Prosecutors dropped that, in favor of a misdemeanor rioting charge. However, a judge threw out that count – and Goodman is free.

New UND Medical School building dedicated

Oct 16, 2016
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The new, $124 million building for the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is being formally dedicated Friday (10-14-16).

The 2013 Legislature approved the new building.

Medical school dean Dr. Joshua Wynne said the building will benefit all of North Dakota in a number of ways.

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North Dakota’s oil production dropped below one million barrels a day in August.

In his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing, state mineral resources director Lynn Helms says production dropped about 5 percent from July. The August average was 981,000 barrels a day.

"This is the month that we've all been anticipating, but were definitely not looking forward to," Helms told reporters. "It's not great news. But we've all been anticipating it."

Helms said he thinks he knows why the drop in the August report.


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