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Officials with the North Dakota Highway Patrol are reminding drivers to NOT go around barricades on closed roads. Patrol Lieutenant Tom Iverson says the recent blizzard saw a number of drivers go around barricades on closed highways. And Iverson says the advisory also applies to closures not related to the weather. He says current barricade on Highway 1806 south of Mandan is a good example… “…It’s only open to authorized traffic in that area. Those citizens that live around that area – they...

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple chaired his last state Water Commission meeting in Bismarck Friday (12-9). And for Dalrymple, it was a time to reminisce about his first year as chairman. Dalrymple took over as Governor after then Gov. John Hoeven was elected to the US Senate. He said in that first year, two big water issues faced him. One was the rising Devils Lake – and the need to lower the lake level. At the time, the lake was high enough – it was threatening to naturally spill over into the Sheyenne...

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The North Dakota Farmers Union held its annual convention in Bismarck Dec. 9th and 10th. "The theme -- farm income, primarily," said Farmers Union president Mark Watne. Watne said it has been a challenging year for farmers. He said yields are up, but crop prices are down – and input costs haven’t come down as much as farmers would like to see. "Crude oil prices are down, but we would like to see a litle more decline in input prices," Watne said. "To rely on excellent yields to cover your...

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he welcomes the appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is the current Oklahoma Attorney General. Stenehjem said he’s worked closely with Pruitt to fight what Stenehjem termed the "massive government overreach” of some of EPA’s policies. "Scott has been a leader in bringing that kind of litigation," Stenehjem said. "He believes that, under our system of federalism, the executive branch should...

Gov budget Gov. Jack Dalrymple has given state lawmakers his last executive budget proposal. “It is roughly the equivalent of the budget in 2013-15,” Dalrymple told reporters in a briefing before the budget address. Total state spending is pegged at $13 billion. Of that, $4.783 billion is general fund. “Total general fund spending is down 21 percent compared to this biennium,” Dalrymple told lawmakers. “But it’s considerably less (of a cut) once we account for one time investments that were a...

The current director of the state Department of Human Services has a new job. Actually, Maggie Anderson is going back to the job she had before being appointed to the director’s job. As of December first, she’s the director of Medicaid services for the Department. "I will continue my appointment with Gov. Dalrymple," Anderson said. "Then, Gov.-elect Burgum has asked me to stay on as the interim executive director until his administration can complete the search and offer that job to someone...

ND Commerce director retiring

Dec 7, 2016
Courtesy ND Dept. of Commerce

North Dakota’s Commerce Commissioner will retire at the end of the year. Al Anderson has been with Commerce for six years – and he said that makes him the longest serving Commerce Commissioner in state history. Anderson said coming to government from the oil and gas industry, he was very familiar with “boom towns” – and he said the biggest change he’s seen in the state’s economy has been to riseto the challenge of infrastructure to support the economy. "Now, we've had ag prices down for four...

Corps of Engineers rejects DAPL easement

Dec 5, 2016
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The Army Corps of Engineers says it will not grant an easement to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Reservation. US Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said the decision means more consultation with the Standing Rock Tribe, as well as a new look at alternative routes. This comes as welcome news to thousands of protestors who have been camped near the Cannonball River, on Corps land. Tribal spokesperson Ken Frost brought the...

While drunk driving is dropping nationally, drugged driving is on the rise. And North Dakota safety groups held a one-day “drugged driving summit” in Bismarck to begin looking at ways to prevent it. But the groups say it’s a real challenge. "It's a very complex topic," said Gene LaDoucer of North Dakota Triple A. "There's a lot of impairing drugs that impact a person's driving." LaDoucer said the legalization of medical marijuana just adds to the issue. "The drugs can be found over the...

Goss: ND economy 'stabilizing'

Dec 2, 2016
Courtesy Creighton University, Omaha

A Creighton University economics professor says North Dakota’s economy is stabilizing. Dr. Ernie Goss publishes the monthly Mid American Business Conditions Index. He surveys purchasing managers in 9 states, including North Dakota. An index of 50 is growth-neutral; below that number indicates a contracting economy, while above it shows growth. For November, North Dakota’s index was 47.6. That’s below growth-neutral, but an improvement from October’s 40.5. "We're talking about a person with...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZ30K5dBWU If you live in Kenya there's a jingle you hear on television and radio a lot. "Things are now modern!" they sing. "Things are now developed." It's an ad for a type of banking service called M-PESA that's run entirely through your mobile phone. You set up an account with the phone company. You can send and receive funds by text. Or, if you need to make a cash deposit or withdrawal, you do it through a vast network of agents — small-time vendors in...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFi-r8yLWPc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUn4GJjflcA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shCKghKa1rA It has been a week since a massive fire in Oakland, Calif., claimed the lives of 36 people at a party in a warehouse. "Ghost Ship," as the space was known, was an artist community and music venue, and many of the people who attended the concert the night of last week's deadly fire were up-and-coming electronic music artists. Among those who died that night are...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Astronaut, senator, national hero - that's how we're remembering John Glenn. He died yesterday at the age of 95. If John Glenn had never left his hometown of New Concord, Ohio, he'd likely still be extraordinary, just on a smaller stage. But because he left, we all got to soar a little higher. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Friendship 7 climbing rapidly out of the Earth's atmosphere exerts a...

The man accused of murdering nine people in a church basement in Charleston, S.C., last year told investigators he is guilty, according to a confession video played in court on Friday. The jury in the trial of Dylan Roof, 22, watched an excerpt of a nearly two-hour conversation between Roof and investigators from the FBI, recorded shortly after he was taken into custody. Roof faces 33 federal hate crimes charges. The federal government is seeking the death penalty. Roof is accused of entering...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHmcV6bzeCY A cable that's as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit — and when it's deployed, it'll test an idea to knock out orbital debris. Japan's space agency sent the electrodynamic tether into space along with supplies for the International Space Station. Reels aboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori 6 craft will deploy the 700-meter (2,296 feet) tether, essentially unspooling a clothesline in space that could help...

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Word enthusiast and UND alum Mardy Grothe joins us with the latest in his collection of interesting books on words: “ Metaphors Be With You .” ~~~ At a home near the Dakota Access Pipeline, one woman can't join the demonstration because of her young children. But she's participating by offering shelter to visitors, including NPR reporter Nathan Rott, as we hear in this encore from today’s Morning Edition. ~~~ News director Dave Thompson is here to discuss the latest headlines. ~~~ Matt Olien...

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