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North Dakotans for Sound Government, ACLU oppose Measure 1

Sep 25, 2018

A coalition of state organizations has formed in opposition of Measure 1.

Dakotans for Health oppose Texas vs US

Sep 25, 2018

Former North Dakota US Senator Byron Dorgan says he's troubled by Congressman Kevin Cramer and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem supporting a lawsuit aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act.

Stenehjem, along with attorneys general from about 20 other states, have joined in filing a lawsuit in Texas to challenge the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Cramer has voted numerous times to repeal the law.

The state Board of Higher Education will be looking at a new “tiered” subcommittee structure – creating separate subcommittees for the two research universities, the four year colleges and the two year colleges.

"With a subcommittee structure focused on tiers, you might get to more substantive discussion on critical issues, instead of being overwhelmed by all the issues the issues hitting the Board," Chancellor Mark Hagerott told the Board's Governance Committee. "This way, you could have some people who develop more time to study an issue."

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected for Bismarck and Fargo.

The state Health Department said Harvest of Bismarck and Acreage North Dakota of Fargo will now be registering as dispensaries.  State law says as many as 8 dispensaries will be chosen. The application period for the Grand Forks and Williston regions is open until October 10th, and the others will be open for applications in January.

North Dakota the 5th best state for teachers

Sep 24, 2018

A recent survey of the best and worst states for teachers has North Dakota listed as the 5th best.

The survey was conducted by Wallet Hub, a personal finance website. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says there were a number of bright spots for North Dakota in the survey.

Social service 'zones' proposed

Sep 24, 2018

As part of a reorganization of social services in North Dakota, the Department of Human Services is proposing grouping county social services into “zones.”

"Over the last few years, there have been a number of counties that have formed multi-county social service districts," said Department of Human Services director Chris Jones. "We're looking at that concept to group some other counties together."

Jones said not only are there administrative efficiencies, it could better serve North Dakotans.

"We will be able to move dollars across borders," Jones said.

Tenure for college presidents proposed

Sep 24, 2018

The state Board of Higher Education will consider the option of granting tenure to college presidents.

The matter will be discussed at the Board meeting Thursday.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott brought up the proposal at a governance committee meeting.

"Because of these budget cuts, we've given no pay raises to the presidents for several years, and I don't see one coming, there are some non-monetary things we can do," Hagerott told the Committee.

'Generation Citizen' comes to ND

Sep 23, 2018
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A group promoting civic education and literacy made a presentation to North Dakota school superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s student cabinet Friday.

"Our mission is simple -- we want to see every student in the country get an active civics education, where they learn how our political institutions work," said Andrew Wilks, director of policy and advocacy for "Generation Citizen."

Wilkes said students do that by getting involved in a project based, non-partisan way.

"We have a ways to go to connect civic knowledge with civics skills and participation," Wilkes said.

A Washington DC advocacy group has arrived in North Dakota to support the Measure 3 campaign.

Opponents of the measure to legalize recreational marijuana have asked the state Board of Higher Education to formally weigh in against the measure.

University system director of student affairs Katie Fitzsimmons told the Board’s Governance Committee the Attorney General’s office and other organizations opposed to measure 3 made the request. She told the committee it could be a great opportunity to approach the issue from a student health and wellness perspective.


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The warden at the women's prison in Iowa recently instructed her corrections officers to stop giving out so many disciplinary tickets for minor violations of prison rules, like when a woman wears her sweatshirt inside out or rolls up her sleeves.

It's a small thing. But it's also part of a growing movement to reconsider the way women are treated in prison.

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