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Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Follow along with NPR reporters, who will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. The debate is expected to begin at 8pm.

DSU planning to lease the former TR Library site

Nov 20, 2019

Dickinson State University is proposing to lease a portion of the former college rodeo grounds to a commercial developer.

DSU is asking for State Board of Higher Education approval to begin talks on the lease agreement.

The lease would be to BF Properties LLP.

"They would like to build a gas station/convenience store, with the possibility of selling off-sale liquor," DSU interim Vice President for Finance and Administration, Laura Nelson, told the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee. "This is the land where the Teddy Roosevelt Library was going to be built."

Airline boardings in ND continue to rise

Nov 20, 2019

North Dakota continues to see growth in air passenger traffic.

The state Aeronautics Commission reports a 9.5 percent increase in boardings for October, compared with October, 2018.

"Looking at year-to-date, through the first 10 months of the year, we're up about 10 percent statewide," said state Aeronautics Commission director Kyle Wanner. "Numbers continue to grow across North Dakota, and that's great news for the flying public in our state."

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After a record-setting August, September oil and gas production dropped slightly.

"I think the best way to describe September is 'soggy,'" said North Dakota Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms at his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing.

Helms said he had predicted that September would be down.

"I was anticipating maybe as much as 7 1/2 percent," Helms said. "Fortunately, that didn't happen."

The report showed a drop of about 37,000 barrels a day – or about 2 1/2 percent. Natural gas production was down by about 2.2 percent.

A milestone for Burlington.

As part of the Mouse River Flood Control project, the Colton Avenue Bridge has been re-opened to traffic.

"It's the first project outside the city of Minot that is coming to completion," said Dusty Zimmerman of Ackerman-Estvold, the firm hired to do the design and engineering work for the flood control project.

Zimmerman said it's the first phase of two phases for the city.

Discussions are underway about having the Northern Border natural gas pipeline carry only North Dakota-produced gas.

Right now, the pipeline carries some Canadian gas.

But it's not that way.

"If we're going to take over 100 percent of the capacity of the Northern Border pipeline, and make it a North Dakota natural gas export pipeline, we're going to have to de-ethanize our gas," said North Dakota Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms.

That would mean taking the "ethane" out of the gas.

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An interim Legislative committee is studying North Dakota’s mental health commitment statute – and procedures – to see if it should be changed.

But the superintendent of the State Hospital in Jamestown said it’s a good law.

Dr. Rosalie Etherington said it has been consistently recognized as good law. But she said she hopes the study will look at how that law is being carried out as designed.

"Do we need to change?" Etherington said in an interview. "Do we need to educate judges and providers about what the statute actually says?"

A new state hospital in the works?

Nov 18, 2019
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A new state hospital will likely be proposed to the 2021 Legislature.

Governor Burgum had proposed building a new state hospital in his 2019 executive budget. It was a part of a major change in corrections facilities. The James River Correctional Center is on the same campus as the state hospital.

The Cass County Sheriff's office wants to inform the public that scammers have been spoofing their main telephone number.

The Board of Higher Education has approved what will be the initial contract for new Presidents in the University System.

But the Board removed a provision that new Presidents would be eligible to receive up to a 25 percent bonus for meeting certain goals. That provision caused a lot of discussion at the Thursday special board meeting.


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With a bit of luck, people in the Eastern United States will be able to witness a rare meteor shower known as the Alpha Monocerotids late Thursday night. Two astronomers predicted the outburst will last less than an hour and could even yield more than 400 meteors in that time.

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Cameron Simmons is far more familiar with dengue than he'd like to be.

"I've had dengue. My family's had dengue. It's a miserable, miserable experience," he says. "It's not one I'd ever want to repeat or have anyone else experience."

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Mayflower Compact Anniversary ~ Sue Balcom on Bread

Thursday, November 21, 2019 – On this date 399 years ago, the Mayflower Compact was signed aboard the Mayflower. It was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony , written by the Puritans fleeing religious persecution by King James of England . Here to discuss that historic document and its relationship to the US Constitution is Julia Ernst, associate professor of law at UND. She was inspired to research this topic by her mother, Janet, who has flew in from Michigan earlier this year when we recorded this conversation, which first aired in February. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on the state’s natural attractions. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for a Main Street Eats conversation about bread. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.

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