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Bismarck, ND – An economic survey finds a tenth straight month of economic decline in the Midwest.

Creighton University professor Ernie Goss surveys business leaders and purchasing managers. And that survey finds an overall business index in August of 45-point-six in nine states. Under his formula, an index of 50 indicates growth-neutral status -- while above 50 signifies economic growth.

Bismarck, ND – Next week -- members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will be in North Dakota -- to look at coal mines and power plants.

The P-U-C members are coming at the invite of the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Tony Clark is a member of the North Dakota P-S-C. He says Minnesota lawmakers and regulators have struggled with environmental concerns over coal-generated electricity....

(N-PSC-MN-1--"look at it"--:23)

Bismarck, ND – An economic survey finds a tenth straight month of economic decline in the Midwest.

Creighton University professor Ernie Goss surveys business leaders and purchasing managers. And that survey finds an overall business index in August of 45-point-six in nine states. Under his formula, an index of 50 indicates growth-neutral status -- while above 50 signifies economic growth.

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"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says, calling out critics of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally.

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When Congress approved giving $380 million to states to bolster the security of their elections, state officials were caught off guard but extremely grateful. Elections are notoriously underfunded and haven't seen a windfall like this from the federal government in more than a decade.

But getting that money out to all the states, and then into the hands of localities that run the elections, with enough time to have a meaningful effect on the 2018 midterm elections is a difficult proposition.

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NDFU President Mark Watne ~ Sue Balcom on Gardening

Thursday, June 14 – Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, joins us to discuss his recent trip to Moscow where he spoke at the general assembly of the World Farmers Organisation. He’ll also address the Senate’s new Farm Bill, the recently failed house version, and the implications the bill has for nutrition benefits, the SNAP program. ~~~ Tom Isern shares this week’s Plains Folk essay, “Barrels and Jars.” ~~~ Sue Balcom of the “ Root Sellers ” farm near Mandan joins us with...

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