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Bismarck, ND – The state Industrial Commission has voted to release a preliminary study of breathing problems among children in Coal Country.

The study is a work-in-progress -- in that the results need to be subjected to a peer-review before being finalized. The Commission had been asked to release the preliminary study -- and Governor Hoeven was agreeable to that....

Bismarck, ND – Low-income North Dakota families who signed up for the state's fuel assistance program will see a rebate on last winter's heating costs.

The state Department of Human Services is distributing one-point-four million dollars in rebates to more than 14-thousand households. The refunds are part of a federal program that helps poor families pay high heating bills. It's called the "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program" -- and Ron Knutson is the director:

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy says Americans have a lot to discuss after last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. And he wants to listen.

This week Pomeroy is hosting a series of "community conversations" to talk about the terrorist attacks.

Fargo, ND – This year is the 58th anniversary of National Farm Safety Week and the Farm Safety Just 4 Kids Program is encouraging all Americans to put special emphasis on farm safety.

This year's theme is "Kids are Number One in 2001."

The mission of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is to promote a safe farm environmentto prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to children and youth.

Fargo, ND – North Dakota Governor John Hoeven is thanking North Dakotans for their many expressions of generosity and concern in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. He says New York Governor George Pataki is requesting that people who want to help donate to the newly established New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund.

Fargo, ND – Justice, not vengeance.

North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy says that's how he and a lot of North Dakotans he's talked to in the past week say is the answer to how the United States should react to last week's terrorist attack.

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Aeronautics Commission director Gary Ness says the new airport security procedures now in place remind him of what happened ten years ago.

"1991, Dessert Storm, we went to Level Four which changed the complexion, it was several months before the released it out. So those that remember '91, ten years ago, will remember the level of security and some of the inconveniences that come along with it."

Fargo, ND – Rebecca Coffey ? author of Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy ? says in times like these ? everyone needs to take care of the people they love. She makes several suggestions to parents on how to talk to children about trauma and difficult events.

1. Talk to your children using language that is easy to understand.

2. Assure your children that they are safe.

a. Be honest with your feelings.

b. Don't rush children through their feelings.

Bismarck, ND – Hundreds of people came to the North Dakota State Capitol's Memorial Hall this afternoon for a short noontime prayer service.

High school choirs and bands from Bismarck provided the music -- and two National Guard chaplains provided scripture readings and prayer.

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven organized the prayer service:

"There's no question that there's hurting going on in our land now. We're strong and we are resolute and we will overcome."

Fargo, ND – Salvation Army Corps Community Centers around North Dakota are on stand-by -- ready and waiting to hear from those at Salavation Army officials in Washington D-C and New York City.

Major Joe Tamayo--Pastor and member of the Salvation Army in Fargo--says no one is sure when and if they will be called.

"We're on stand by and we're not sure when people will be called or if we will be called. But we're being prepared and ready should that call come."

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By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator species from hunters — and so the bill now heads to the desk of President Trump, who is widely expected to sign it.

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School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

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An attack mid-day Wednesday in the heart of London has caused at least four deaths and 20 injuries, according to police.

Police say the dead include the suspected assailant, two civilians and an armed police officer who was defending Parliament.

Authorities have declared the attack a "terrorist incident." They say they believe there was a single attacker.

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Citizen's Police Academy in Williston ~ Bush Fellow Alice Musumba

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