The US Supreme Court has ruled states and local government can require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes.

The 5 to 4 ruling reverses a 1992 decision, in which the court ruled a retailer had to have a physical presence in that state to collect sales taxes.

North Dakota US Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D) was North Dakota’s Tax Commissioner at that time. She took that first case to court – it was called “Quill versus North Dakota.”

Cass County considering opioid lawsuit

Jun 21, 2018

At least two North Dakota counties are considering filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of opioids.

The state of North Dakota has already filed suit in state court. Private law firms have approached both the Cass County and Burleigh County Commissions to file suit in federal court, which would likely be combined in a suit now pending.

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The city of Lincoln is under a “boil water order” from the state Health Department.

That’s because samples of E. coli were found in one of the city’s nearly 1,300 homes.

The boil order means residents have to boil it before they can drink it. But other uses – such as showers and hand-washings – are still okay.

The first sample was found earlier this month – and a second sample from the same house taken this week was also positive.

The Fargo Police Department and Cass County Sheriff's Office are now using an anonymous online tool to prevent law enforcement officials from dying by suicide.

Stephanie Schafer is an employee assistance counselor with the Village Family Service Center in Fargo. She says the officers can follow a link to an anonymous online screening tool that guides them to a survey of questions about anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic experiences and other risk factors, and then gives the option of being connected to a counselor.

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The US Army Corps of Engineers has some concerns about what might happen to the Snake Creek Embankment during times of severe drought.

That embankment separates Lake Sakakawea from Lake Audubon.

The Missouri River south of Garrison Dam continues to rise.

"We're capturing the runoff from the mountain snowpack and recent rains from Montana," said Garrison Dam project operations manager Todd Lindquist. "We're putting that into our exclusive flood control zone, and we've gradually increased releases to help evacuate that flood control zone."

Lindquist said Wednesday, releases from the dam will increase to 52,000 cubic feet per second. He said that water will take some time to get to the Bismarck-Mandan area.

CDC: North Dakota suicides increase 58 percent

Jun 19, 2018

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that suicide rates across the nation have increased across the nation between 1999 and 2016.

Representatives of a Dallas, Texas-based private law firm are trying to convince the Burleigh County Commission to file its own lawsuit over opioids, rather than leave it to the North Dakota Attorney General’s office.

The suits are against the manufacturers of the opioids. They claim the companies misrepresented the harm these pain killers can do. And that has led to overdose problems and deaths.

The AG’s office has already filed suit in state court in North Dakota.

Schneider on ACA: keep what works, fix what doesn't

Jun 18, 2018

Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider says if elected, he plans to work on preserving health care gains North Dakota has experienced under the Affordable Care Act.

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Members of the group “North Dakotans for Public Integrity” submitted petitions Monday to place what the group calls the "Anti-Corruption Amendment" to the state Constitution on the November ballot.

The group needed 26,904 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

"I'm honored to announce that over 38,000 petitioners are on the record to place the North Dakota Anti-Corruption amendment on the November ballot," the group's co-chair, Ellen Chaffee, told a rally on the state Capitol steps in Bismarck.