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At least four North Dakota school districts have gone to impasse in their contract negotiations with teachers.

And a member of the fact finding commission – which is called in when an impasse is declared – says there will probably be more districts reaching that point.

North Dakota United is the union representing teachers. President Nick Archuleta said he agrees with the fact finding commission chairman. He said it’s due to the state’s tight budget situation.

Lincoln mayor: Addiction an 'epidemic'

Jun 19, 2017

The mayor of Lincoln says drug abuse – especially opioid abuse – has become an epidemic.

"Since I've become mayor of Lincoln, which has been about a year and a half, we're pulling a lot more illegal drugs off the streets," said Gerald Wise.

Wise said he’s hoping the new “Gold Star Community Task Force” – spearheaded by the mayors of Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln – will make a difference.  And he said he hopes the task force will dig deeper into the “why” people are using drugs and becoming addicted.

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If the coal industry is to survive, its savior may be something often touted by President Donald Trump when he talks energy.

“We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal,” he said earlier this year in announcing an executive order to roll back the emission-targeting Clean Power Plan.

MDU Rate Increase Approved At Reduced Level

Jun 16, 2017

After nearly 8-months of hearings and discussion the Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for Montana Dakota Utilities – although not the level proposed by MDU. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says MDU had initially applied for a 6-point-6 percent rate increase. At that level MDU would raise $13-point-4 Million dollars to cover increased investments in generation transmission and distribution for the region. Fedorchak says AARP-North Dakota raised questions about the rate hike and was allowed to intervene.

MDU Natural Gas Plan For Gwinner/Bobcat Approved

Jun 16, 2017
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Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission have approved plans to expand natural gas service in the southeastern corner of the state… Commissioner Brain Kroshus says…

“MDU proposes to construct and operate approximately 21-miles of 12-inch plastic pipe from a tap on the Alliance Pipeline to Bobcat’s Gwinner, North Dakota facility. MDU expects to invest approximately $13.8-Million in the new facilities to serve Bobcat.”

The drought conditions being seen in most areas of North Dakota are forcing many farmers and ranchers to make tough decisions when it comes to raising cattle. Prairie Public reporter Todd McDonald has details...

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The North Dakota Association of School Resource Officers held its first ever North Dakota School safety conference -- in Bismarck this week.

"We're sitting at about 45 to 50 school resource officers in the state," said NDASRO President Chris Potter. He's a Cass County Deputy, and is the school resource officer for the Maple Valley school in Tower City. Potter said when you compare it to the number of North Dakota school districts, that 45 to 50 number seems small.

Judge's Order Poses Uncertain Future For Pipeline

Jun 15, 2017
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After a year of protests and controversy, oil began flowing through the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline earlier this month. But the pipeline’s ultimate fate is now uncertain after a federal judge issued a ruling on Wednesday that challenges parts of the environmental review completed before the pipeline was permitted.

The mayors of Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln have launched an effort they say will lead to healthier communities.

The “Gold Star Community Task Force” will look at addiction and behavioral health issues facing the area.

"I have a cousin who is an emergency room physician, and he had been pinging me about what he's seeing, and what he thought the city's responsibilities were," said Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, who is spearheading the effort. "I said to myself, 'We need to be more pro-active.'"

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North Dakota’s April oil production remained above a million barrels a day.

It was up nearly 25,000 barrels a day from the March number -- about a 2.4% increase.

"Happy, happy, happy," said state mineral resources director Lynn Helms at his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing. "I think that was more than many of us expected."

There are 55 drilling rigs operating in the Bakken. But Helms said one potential drawback to getting new wells completed is – there aren’t enough frack crews right now.

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More than 140 people may be buried after a landslide in the town of Xinmo in southwest China Saturday.

Local officials are estimating 46 homes were buried under tons of rubble.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that at least three people had been rescued and taken to a hospital with injuries it said were not life-threatening.

Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crisis has taken a toll on daily life there.

A crash in oil prices and political instability under President Nicolas Maduro have led to food shortages, and that has prompted almost daily street protests by thousands of Venezuelans.

A 35-year-old protester named Carlos tells NPR's Audie Cornish the food situation is "pretty extreme." NPR is using only his first name for his safety.

Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on neighboring fields. Today, the Arkansas Plant Board voted to impose an unprecedented ban on that chemical.

Andy Slavitt understands the inner workings of the U.S. health care system better than most. From 2015 to 2017, he ran the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since leaving that post in January, he's been an outspoken critic of the Republican proposals to dismantle it.

Yesterday, shortly after the release of the Senate bill, he tweeted, "It's the ugly step-sibling of the House bill." And this morning his message was, "We must start over. It's too important."

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