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Group pushes for more research dollars at NDSU and UND

Sep 18, 2018
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A group called the Valley Prosperity Partnership is supporting legislative efforts to bring more financial support to the state’s two research universities – UND and NDSU.

The Partnership is pushing for the creation of an “emerging technology fund” to support collaborations between the two universities and businesses to commercialize the research. It also wants to give the two universities more decision-making independence on  such items as tuition and recruiting top-notch staff.

The first West Nile Virus related death of the year has been reported to the North Dakota Department of Health.

Jenny Galbraith is an epidemiologist with the health department. She says the patient was a man over the age of 60 who lived in northwestern North Dakota. Galbraith says it may be late in the season, but until there is a hard frost there is still potential to contract West Nile Virus from mosquitoes.

Soybeans may be option for cattle feed

Sep 17, 2018

As soybean prices continue to fall amid deteriorating trade talks and the possibility of more tariffs, farmers may have another option to consider when it comes to moving their crops.

NDSU Extension livestock systems specialist Karl Hoppe says soybeans are an acceptable supplemental feed for beef cattle.

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A new record for North Dakota oil production.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms made that announcement Friday during his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing. The numbers come from July production.

"We're at 1.27 million barrels a day," Helms said. "To be exact, 1,269,366 barrels per day – a new all-time high."

Helms says the state also set a record in natural gas production – up 4.3 percent from the previous record.

VCSU Presidential search narrows to three

Sep 14, 2018

Valley City State University is one step closer to having a new President. After a final round of on-campus interviews this week, a search committee has narrowed the list of five candidates down to three. The names will be brought to the state Board of Higher Education, with the new president to possibly be selected from the group. Greg Stemen is a member of the Board of Higher Education and co-chairs the search committee. He says it took a good deal of time and thought to get to this point. He says the committee had a strong field of applicants to work with…

The Legislative Procedures and Arrangements Committee is now on-record supporting pay raises for state employees.

The Committee approved a proposal to give Legislative branch employees two percent raises each year of the upcoming biennium.

Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) made the motion to put money for those raises in the branch’s budget proposal.

"We are sending a message," Holmberg said in an interview. "The Legislature feels state employees deserve a pay raise."

A new simulation training center is coming to Sanford Broadway in Fargo.

"Spoofing" robocalls becoming more widespread

Sep 13, 2018

The Attorney General of North Dakota says there has been a surge of complaints about robocalls that threaten arrest.

Robocalls are illegal in North Dakota. Wayne Stenehjem says the problem has become increasingly prolific statewide, and the scammers are even "spoofing" local North Dakota phone numbers to make the calls look like they are being made locally.

The North Dakota Department of Health is now accepting applications for entities interested in operating medical marijuana dispensaries in the Grand Forks and Williston regions.

The application process for the Fargo and Bismarck regions are complete. Jason Wahl is the director for the Division of Medical Marijuana. He says there is a non-refundable $5,000 application fee for applicants.


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"When I was a child, we used filters," she says, leaning on the doorjamb with her 11-year-old in front of her and two teenage sons sleepy-eyed behind her on a morning in July.

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Ireland officially revoked its ban on abortion this week – and its health minister says that under a new law, women won't have to pay for abortion services in the country. The goal is to ensure access and make sure women aren't forced to travel for the procedure, Health Minister Simon Harris says.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins signed the abortion referendum bill into law on Tuesday, striking the Eighth Amendment from the books.

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