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Another StoryCorps excerpt from North Dakota. Today we hear from Patrick Conteh, who visited the mobile recording studio with his significant other, Tina Dietz. In this excerpt, we learn about his childhood.

From three boards, to two boards, to an expanded single board.

The Republican and Democratic floor leaders in the North Dakota Senate are the sponsors of a Constitutional measure to expand the state Board of Higher education by three members, making it an 11-member board.

The state Senate has approved the Secretary of State’s budget – including money for new voting machines.

That budget includes $8.2 million to replace the voting devices, which Secretary of State Al Jaeger has said are outdated, and use a no-longer-supported operating system.

"We heard from a county organization that suggested if we didn't take this step, we could quite possibly see a serious malfunction or problem in our future elections," said Sen. John Grabinger (D-Jamestown). "In fact, I heard from my own county leaders, and they would concur."

Senate approves research dollars for NDSU, UND

Feb 14, 2019

The state Senate has voted to spend up to $45 million from the earnings of the state Legacy Fund for research at NDSU and UND.

The two institutions had earlier suggested $100 million over the next two year period. But the Senate bill caps the fund at 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings.

'Two board bill' killed in ND House

Feb 13, 2019

The House overwhelmingly rejected a bill to create two boards of higher education.

The single board system in place now would be replaced with one board for the two research universities and one board to govern the other 9 campuses.

The House Education Committee recommended a “do-not-pass” on the bill. The committee’s chairman –  Representative Mark Owens (R-Grand Forks) – said this bill seems to be premature, because it will require a vote of the people.

House rejects a change in the breastfeeding law

Feb 13, 2019

The House has rejected a bill that supporters say would make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants in public.

The bill was introduced after a woman who was breastfeeding an infant was asked to leave a Fargo restaurant.

The bill would take the phrase “in a discrete and modest manner” out of the law, and it would make it an infraction for a business owner to prevent a woman from breastfeeding.

Rep. Karen Karls (R-Bismarck) said an infraction could carry a penalty of up to $1000 – and she found that troubling. She said it is often a customer who complains.

Dental hygiensts bill fails in House

Feb 13, 2019

The North Dakota House has rejected a bill to allow trained dental hygienists to perform some of the functions dentists perform.

That would include simple extractions, fillings and exams.

The bill’s main sponsor – Rep. Bill Devlin (R-Finley) – argued that allowing dental hygienists to work on these needs under the supervision of a dentist will provide more access to dental care, especially in areas where there is a shortage of dentists.

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In 2015, the University of Mary launched its “Vision 2030” campaign.

It had an ambitious goal – to raise $272 million. The first phase goal was $96 million.

Tuesday, the University announced it had met -- and surpassed -- that goal.

"We raised almost $101 million," announced U-Mary Vice President for Public Affairs Jerome Richter at a ceremony on campus.

That was the first of three phases.

U-Mary President Msgr. James Shea said the campaign will now take a short pause to regroup.

The House has defeated a resolution that would prohibit the use of property taxes in funding for K-12 education.

The resolution claims the language of North Dakota's constitution is clear in its wording that the use of property taxes to fund education is unconstitutional. The resolution came to the floor with a 7 to 7 vote from the Finance and Taxation committee, which was deadlocked on what to recommend for the resolution. Republican Representative Ben Koppelman says he supports the resolution.

The House has passed a bill that prohibits the sale of flavored "e-liquids" to minors, and would impose a $500 fine.


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A study released Sunday tallies the chemical weapons attacks over the course of the Syrian Civil War. At least 336 have occurred, according to authors Tobias Schneider and Theresa Lütkefend of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute.

Inside the concert hall of the Violin Museum in Cremona, Italy, Antonio de Lorenzi plays the prelude from Bach's Partita No. 3 on a Stradivarius violin. Cremona is the town where master luthier Antonio Stradivari crafted his storied instruments three centuries ago.

But there's no guarantee that his instruments' inimitable sound will survive for centuries more, says Fausto Cacciatori, the museum's chief conservator.

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Tom and Tamara Conry were dead set on returning to Paradise after the deadly Camp Fire destroyed the town last November. The couple's home was barely touched by the fire, and most other survivors had a much steeper climb to recovery.

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Friday, February 15, 2019 – “Experiencing WWI Through its Music” is the title of a presentation coming up at the ND Heritage Center and State Museum on Sunday. Perry Hornbacher, professor of history at Bismarck State College says the music offers a unique perspective to interpret the attitudes of the times. He joins us with a preview. ~~~ It’s time for another StoryCorps excerpt from North Dakota. Today we hear from Patrick Conteh, who visited the mobile recording studio with his significant...

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