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A program that required Xcel Energy to offer compensation to customers in the Fargo area for power outages has been extended through the end of 2017.

Under the plan, if a customer suffers three or more power outages in a year, that customer was eligible for a bill credit of $50. Xcel had filed earlier to end the program, saying it had made progress in replacing some older underground power lines – but the Public Service Commission decided it will keep it in place a little longer.

Trump stumps for tax reform in ND speech

Sep 6, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

President Trump came to North Dakota with a message – the country needs tax reform to get the economy revved up.

"If we want to renew our prosperity, restore our opportunity and re-establish our economic dominance, which is what we should be doing, then we need tax reform that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family, and pro-American," the President told an invited audience of 700 people at the Andeavor oil refinery in Mandan, ND.

Safety a big issue in teacher negotiations this year

Sep 6, 2017
ND United

The issue of classroom safety came up in a number of contract talks between teachers and their local school districts.

And during some impasse hearings, teachers described incidents in which they were attacked by students. The school boards say they have policies in place to deal with that. But teachers want to have that spelled out in their contracts.

"A contract is where we go to codify the terms and conditions of our employment," said ND United President Nick Archuleta. ND United represents teachers. "There's no condition of employment greater that personal safety."

For the current chairman of the United Tribes Technical College Board of Directors, the annual United Tribes Pow-Wow and the Tribal Leaders Summit have been “a family affair.”

David Flute is the chair of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe. He said he’s been coming to the event for many years.

"My dad was chairman of the Tribe for a number of years," Flute said. "He also chaired United Tribes for a nunber of years in the 70s and 80s. So, I've seen this event grow."

Flute said it's a great event.

President Trump will speak at the Andeavor Mandan Refinery this afternoon (Wednesday).

The subject: Tax reform.

Senior White House officials said the President’s speech will focus on why tax reform is needed, not on the how.

Also, North Dakota’s entire Congressional delegation will travel with the President on Air Force One. That includes Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. In his speech, the President is expected to encourage Heitkamp to support tax reform. Heitkamp is up for re-election next year.

Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies at TEDx Fargo

Sep 5, 2017

Another highlight from this year’s TEDxFargo as we hear from Wendy Guillies, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.

Tribal Leaders Summit may adopt Greywind resolution

Sep 5, 2017
United Tribes Technical College

Those who are attending the 21st annual United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit in Bismarck are considering offering a resolution regarding the disappearance and death of a Fargo woman.

North Dakota's economy strengthens in August

Sep 5, 2017
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North Dakota's economy is looking strong at the end of the summer.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on oil operations in the Gulf Coast, and even states far from the storm’s path are feeling its impact on the energy industry.

The hurricane has shuttered 22 percent of the nation’s refining capacity as Gulf refineries halt operations due to damage and flooding.

Bonnie Raitt and Mike Olson have a long (35 minute) conversation.  They talk about how Bonnie's parents raised her to be interested in social issues, getting started on the guitar, Ry Cooder, Mississippi Fred McDowell, her new album, producer Joe Henry, local musicians Tom Brosseau and Annie Humphrey and more.  Her show September 1st is at Bluestem  and the Bismarck show is the 5th at the Event Center.  The Fargo show is a benefit for Honor the Earth.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel is in position to rule for a fourth term, according to early exit polls in Germany's national election, which also saw voters send the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD) to Germany's parliament, the Bundestag.

Preliminary results show German voters gave Chancellor Angela Merkel a mandate for a fourth term today, but with far fewer votes than needed for her to govern without forming a coalition.

Merkel had campaigned on her record as a highly respected leader not only in Germany, but internationally as well as record low unemployment and strong economic growth. But German unhappiness over her refugee policy that allowed more than a million asylum seekers into the country since 2015 was something she never fully recovered from.

The weekend saw an escalation in the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, complete with a U.S. show of military might over the waters near North Korea and jitters over what seismologists say was an earthquake near a North Korean nuclear test site.

When it comes to brownie recipes, one would usually expect to hear ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs and chocolate. But one woman dished out a most unusual addition – a heavy serving of infidelity. It all started when The New York Times published Katharine Hepburn's Brownies Recipe two years ago.

Last week in the Russia imbroglio: Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, got some bad news; members of Congress put social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, under the interrogation lights; and with all these many lawyers now running around — the meter is running too.

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The GameChanger Ideas Festival ~ News Chat with Dave ~ Matt Reviews "Mother!"

The GameChanger Ideas Festival gets underway tomorrow in Bismarck. This year’s theme is “In Justice: Rethinking America's Criminal Justice System.” Joining us with a preview are Kayla Schmidt of the North Dakota Humanities Council, and featured speaker Tom Gash, author of Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things.” ~~~ Historian and writer Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled “Prairie Post Offices.” ~~~ Another excerpt from Vietnam Memories as we hear from David Sherzer of...

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