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Will tariffs against Chinese goods spark trade war?

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The Vice President of the US Soybean Export Council says the country's ag industry cannot afford to get into a trade war.

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North Dakota’s state Internet service is undergoing a huge upgrade.

The carrier – Dakota Carrier Network – will be upgrading "StageNET" to a 100-gigabit network, to provide faster Internet services to K-12 schools and state government.

DCN CEO Seth Arndorfer said students and teachers are going to notice major improvements in what they can do on-line – and how fast they can do it.

NDSU to expand Sudro Hall

Mar 22, 2018
North Dakota State University

NDSU is proposing an expansion of Sudro Hall.

And it wants to raise private money to do that.

Sudro Hall was built in 1959, and it currently houses the nursing program and other health care educational programs. It has been added to twice – in 1960 and 2002.

NDSU wants to raise $28 million to add more space.

"It's about 74,000 square feet," NDSU Director of Facilities Management Michael Ellingson told the Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee. "That's to take the nursing program, and increase the number of nurses we put out."

When the 2017 Legislature did not appropriate money for general state employee pay raises, the North Dakota University System instituted a “pay freeze” for the 2017-2018 school year.

But if the state Board of Higher Education agrees, that freeze will be lifted for 2018-2019.

The Board’s Budget and Finance Committee passed its budget guidelines for the campuses, with language allowing the college presidents to give pay raises.

But there’s a caveat.

Renewing the focus on hypertension

Mar 22, 2018

Officials with the North Dakota Department of Health are reaching out to the medical community to highlight the importance of blood pressure protocol.  Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

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A Legislator is suggesting a way to help groups who want to initiate a measure to have better and more understandable drafts of those measures.

Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot) wants to require initiated measures to be drafted by the Legislative Council, so the measures would fit into North Dakota laws.

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After receiving patent approval earlier this month a Wahpeton manufacturer is looking to not only expand its facilities – but to also launch a new technology in rubber belting.

Prairie Public's Todd McDonald has this story.

University of North Dakota's president said if there is a morale problem on campus it has less to do with his recent interview at a Florida school and more to do with the state legislature forcing the school to make budget cuts.

Mark Kennedy was on a short list of candidates for the Central Florida president’s job. That job went to someone in-house.

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The North Dakota Supreme Court is being asked to declare some of Gov. Doug Burgum’s line-item vetoes unconstitutional.

And at the same time, the high court is being asked to declare the Legislature's Budget Section has been given too much power over some spending decisions.

North Dakota Democrats wrapped up their convention Saturday by nominating the two people at the top of their ticket.

Democrats nominated Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for a second 6 year term in the US Senate. It's widely anticipated her Republican challenger will be Rep. Kevin Cramer, who will run for his party's endorsement at the GOP convention April 5-8th.


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There is no greater burn than pretending you've never heard of something when that thing has 2.2 billion monthly active users. And Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, lobbed a fiery zinger at the world's leading social-media behemoth Friday when he asked on Twitter: "What's Facebook?"

He added fuel to the flame when he later deleted both company pages, becoming another tech billionaire jumping on the #DeleteFacebook movement.

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In 1963, high school students in Birmingham, Ala. marched in protest of segregation. Hundreds were arrested, sprayed by hoses and attacked by dogs. As high school students get ready to come to Washington, D.C. for the "March For Our Lives," several of those 1963 marchers weigh in on their experiences and view of today's student movement.

How Fast Can An Outbreak Be Detected?

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How do you stop an outbreak from becoming an epidemic?

You catch it early, of course – a task that requires rapid response and coordination. That's a tough mission in any country, especially a nation lacking in resources.

Uganda is proving that it's absolutely doable, even in a low-income country.

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Tomorrow students will gather here in Washington, D.C., for the March For Our Lives. They join a long history of students who sought to capture the nation's attention on an issue by showing up in force.


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International Music Camp ~ UND Writers Conference ~ News Chat ~ Review" "A Fantastic Woman"

Friday, March 23 – Tim and Christine Baumann, co-directors of the International Music Camp near Dunseith, North Dakota are here to preview this summer’s activities at the camp. ~~~ Bill Thomas attended the UND Writers Conference on Thursday. Today he shares an excerpt from one of the panel discussions. The theme was “Art and Politics,” and we hear from writers Nicholas Galanin, Marlon James, and Lauren Markham. ~~~ Our weekly news chat with Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “A Fantastic...

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