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Fargo, ND – Shopping malls in three Major North Dakota cities closed this morning, following the lead of other across the country.

Fargo's West Acres mall, the state's largest, closed just after 11 a.m. The Columbia Mall in Grand Forks also closed, as did Bismarck's Kirkwood Mall. In Minot, officials of Dakota Square Mall said they were leaving the decision up to individual stores. Employees there are also being allowed to go home if they want to.

Fargo, ND – Evening classes at North Dakota State University have been cancelled in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

NDSU president Joseph Chapman says the break will give students and staff to -- in his words -- a chance to "make sense of this terrible tragedy."

NDSU will also make couselors available to students later today.

Fargo, ND – An FBI spokesman says no explosives were found when bags from an airplane were searched in Grand Forks.

Special agent Jay Brunn says a man on the plane had been acting strangely before the search.

A bomb-sniffing dog at first indicated there may be explosives in a bag ? but didn't indicate that during a second check.

No explosives were found. Brunn says the passenger who was acting strangely is being questioned but he doesn't expect the man will be arrested.

Fargo, ND – North Dakota's National Guard is on higher security alert today.

Sergeant First Class Rob Keller says soldiers at the state's armories are watching for anything unusual. He says access to some buildings is restricted ? but none of the armories have been closed.

Air Force personnel at the guard's 119th Fighter wing in Fargo are also taking added security measures today.

Fargo, ND – Classes are still in session today at N-D-S-U despite the events going on inthe eastern United States.

Dave Wahlberg is the North Dakota State University Director of Public Affairs.

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

    Fargo, ND – It's back-to-school time again. And that means streets around schools are more congested when students are being dropped-off and picked-up. Fargo Law enforcement officers are spending extra time enforcing school zone regulations and giving out more fines in these areas.

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    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....

    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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    Paul Rozin has been studying the psychology and culture of food for more than 40 years. And he's come to appreciate that food fills many of our needs, but hunger is just one.

    "Food is not just nutrition that goes in your mouth or even pleasant sensations that go with it," he says. "It connects to your whole life, and it's really a very important part of performing your culture and experiencing your culture."

    Virgin Galactic says it has reached a rather lofty milestone.

    During a test flight Thursday morning in Mojave, Calif., a pair of pilots flying the company's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft hit an altitude of 51.4 miles. That height clears the 50-mile threshold that is sometimes considered the boundary of space.

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