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North Dakota’s pharmacists are getting involved in screening patients for potential opioid abuse or overdose.

NDSU’s Pharmacy School and the state Pharmacists Association have rolled out what is being called “One RX.” The “One” stands for Opioid and Nalaxone Education.

The new program will give pharmacists a screening tool – a form, for patients to fill out, that will allow them to assess a patient’s potential to misuse or overdose on prescription opioids.

Starting Friday, law enforcement officials in North Dakota will be running a stepped up enforcement campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Ashley Doan is a spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. She says the enforcement for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over begins Friday and runs through September 3rd. She says law enforcement is really hoping to drive home the idea that alcohol related crashes and deaths are 100 percent avoidable and preventable.

North Dakota airport boardings increase

Aug 14, 2018

Boardings at North Dakota airports are showing "healthy" increases across the state.

Kyle Wanner is director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. He says boardings are up this month over last month in Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Minot and Williston for an overall increase of 4.5 percent. He says on the year, boardings are up 3.26 percent. Wanner says North Dakota's strong business economy and strengthening oil industry may take some credit for this boost.

Energy Secretary Perry tours ND Coal Country

Aug 14, 2018
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US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is praising North Dakota for its innovations in energy.

Perry toured coal fields and power plants during a visit to the western part of the state Monday. Perry told a roundtable discussion following the tour – at the University of Mary in Bismarck – he was very impressed with the Coal Creek Station power plant and its co-located Blue Flint ethanol facility, which uses steam from the power plant to produce ethanol.

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Two Democratic NPL statewide candidates say the state of North Dakota needs to up its game when it comes to information technology.

They say, for example, businesses that have to file registration information with the Secretary of State’s office, or tax information with the state Tax Department are often frustrated with the difficulty in doing that, given the current IT platforms.

Tax Commissioner candidate Kylie Overson told Bismarck reporters she’s been talking with Secretary of State candidate Joshua Boschee about creating a “Hub.”

NDSU and Fargo Parks team up for art

Aug 13, 2018
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A new work of public art will be greeting visitors to downtown Fargo. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald was there and files this report...

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The chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission said for the PSC to follow Gov. Doug Burgum’s request to find another 10 percent to cut from the PSC budget was a daunting task.

Randy Christmann said much of what the Commission does has a federal funding component to it. So he says if you took those things off the cutting table, there isn’t much “wiggle room.” So Christmann said the Commission made a very tough decision – it has recommended the elimination of the Commission’s grain licensing program.

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MDU natural gas customers will be getting a one-time credit on their monthly bills.

But that will only happen after MDU’s rate increase case is finally settled.

Cases of West Nile Virus increasing in ND

Aug 9, 2018

The North Dakota Health Department is reporting a steep rise in the number of reported West Nile Virus cases over the past week.

"We're actually up to 18 human cases," said epidemiologist Jenny Galbraith. "That's a 14 case increase from the previous week."

Galbraith said three people have been hospitalized so far with the virus. She said the cases are spread across the state.

State share of funding local schools drops slightly

Aug 9, 2018

In the current school year, the state of North Dakota's share of funding K-12 education dropped a bit.

"For '17-'18, it was about 75 percent state and 25 percent local," Department of Public Instruction director of school finance and organization Adam Tescher told the Legislature's interim Education Funding Committee.

The 2017 Legislature did not increase state aid to schools – but held it steady, while other agencies were reducing budgets. But Tescher told the Committee – local costs for schools still went up.

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Marion "Suge" Knight faces 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to "running over a man and killing him in a restaurant parking lot three years ago," according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Knight, 53, is the co-founder of rap label Death Row Records. He agreed to a plea deal that includes "one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck," the DA's office said.

Before the agreement, Knight had been facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

Walter Mischel, a revolutionary psychologist with a specialty in personality theory, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 12. He was 88.

Three infants and two adults were stabbed in an early Friday morning attack at a day care in the Queens borough of New York City, according to police.

Officers who arrived at the house found multiple people with stab wounds, including three babies ranging in age from 3 days to 1 month old.

One woman suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso, and a man was stabbed in the leg. The man is the father of one of the injured babies, and the woman was an employee of the day care.

All of the injured were taken to area hospitals in critical but stable condition.

Updated at 1:45 p.m.

President Trump has ended what had been a notably restrained response to the accusation by Christine Blasey Ford that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago.

The Cleveland Browns made a rare visit to the win column Thursday night, ending a streak of frustration and futility by beating another NFL team for the first time since Christmas Eve of 2016. The win set off celebrations – including a promotion campaign that offered free beer if the team won a game in 2018.

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Chrysti the Wordsmith ~ Matt Reviews "The Wife" ~ Sue Balcom on Local Food

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