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SBA lending tops $76M for FY2019 in North Dakota

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US Small Business Administration, or SBA lending topped $76 million in North Dakota in fiscal year 2019.

Al Haut is North Dakota District Director for SBA. He says SBA loans are given to small businesses through local banks and guaranteed through the federal SBA. He says both in North Dakota and nationally, SBA loans increased - which are indicators of economic strength.

North Dakota drug court receives grant money

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The US Department of Justice-Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with nearly half-million dollar grant.

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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is holding a press briefing at the White House on Thursday. Watch his remarks live. The briefing is scheduled to begin at 11:30am CT.

Insurance Commissioner Godfread seeks re-election

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North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner wants a second term.

Republican Jon Godfread has announced he’s running for re-election.

"Insurance is a promise," Godfread told Bismarck reporters. "A promise that is fundamental to the success of our economy, fundamental to the risk takers who are moving the economy forward, and fundamental to our families for peace of mind."

Godfread said if re-elected, he would continue to be the "fair, consistent and accessible" commissioner.

The search committee chosen to find a new Bismarck State College president has scheduled a number of “listening sessions” for faculty, staff, students and the public.

Current BSC President Dr. Larry Skogen will be leaving next June.

The first listening session is scheduled Wed., Oct. 16th, at the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, for BSC faculty and staff.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 7pm CT. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

'Virtual Hospital' for BSC Health Science students

Oct 10, 2019
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A "virtual hospital."

Bismarck State College’s Health Sciences program has moved from a downtown Bismarck location to the main campus.

The program is now housed in the former “Unisys” building.

Mary Volk chairs the Health Sciences Department. She said the Unisys building, which housed a call center, was purchased by the BSC Foundation in 2014, and was renovated to give it more of a hospital feel.

"This is, to me, a hospital," Volk said. "I came out of the hospital, where I worked for 15 years. This is a hospital, to me."

Sanford planning new heart hospital in Bismarck

Oct 9, 2019
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Sanford Bismarck has announced it’s going to build a new heart hospital.

It will be built downtown, near the current Sanford campus.

"As we saw significant growth over the last three years, it has really shed a light on what's going on in Bismarck," said Sanford Bismarck president Dr. Michael LeBeau. "There's a great need for capacity. And we're excited -- as you look at 26 heart providers, and really building a full, comprehensive heart program."

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Another step for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Control Project.

The FM Diversion Authority has been invited to apply for a $510 million federal loan – at a low interest rate. The loan program is administered through the Environmental Protection Agency, and is created through the federal Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the Diversion Authority was asked to provide a “letter of intent” to apply, due this past July.

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The administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency said he expects a new “Waters of the United States” rule to be written by winter.

Andrew Wheeler was in Bismarck for a roundtable discussion on WOTUS.

The rule, as promulgated by the Obama Administration, was struck down in the courts. North Dakota was one of the lead states to file suit.

Wheeler’s agency has been working on a rewrite based on that ruling.

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Chad Dechow, a geneticist at Penn State University who studies dairy cows, is explaining how all of America's cows ended up so similar to each other.

He brings up a website on his computer. "This is the company Select Sires," he says. It's one of just a few companies in the United States that sells semen from bulls for the purpose of artificially inseminating dairy cows.

Dechow chooses the lineup of Holstein bulls. This is the breed that dominates the dairy business. They're the black-and-white animals that give a lot of milk.

Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET

Next year's G-7 gathering of the leaders of the world's biggest economies will take place at President Trump's Doral golf resort outside of Miami, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.

"We used a lot of the same criteria used by past administrations," Mulvaney said. He later said it was almost as though the resort had been purpose-built for the event.

High rates of childhood obesity are a problem in a rising number of low- and middle-income countries, according to a new global assessment of child malnutrition by UNICEF. It's the agency's most comprehensive nutrition report in two decades.

Updated at 1:06 p.m. ET

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced Thursday that the 2020 Group of 7 conference will be held at President Trump's own resort, Trump Doral in Miami.

As NPR's Brett Neely reports, "The Trump administration's decision to host the high-profile international summit at Doral is sure to stoke the ongoing controversy about Trump's decision to maintain his ownership of his businesses while also serving as president."

Our small NPR reporting team arrived in Syria just in time to witness a historic moment in the long-running civil war. But we didn't think we would have to rush out so quickly.

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"Her Vote Counts" ~ Robotic Farming ~ "Mezozoic Masquerade"

Wednesday, October 16 – An art exhibition at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks is devoted to women winning the right to vote. It's part of a year-long celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment, which congress ratified in 1920. The Her Vote Counts exhibition opened with a panel discussion featuring local leaders in the fight for equal rights. We hear from Marilyn Youngbird and former US Senator Heidi Heitkamp. ~~~ For most jobs in farming, there’s probably a robot for that. But...

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