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190 new coronavirus cases detected

Apr 27, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 190 new individuals from 27 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 106,998.

 

These results were from a pool of 4,148 tests for a daily positive rate of 6.11 percent.

 

78 of those positives were PCR tests, and 112 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

Burgum vetoes 4th bill

Apr 27, 2021

Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed his fourth bill of the 2021 Legislative Session.

The bill is SB 2290. That bill would require a special Legislative session, if the state receives more than $50 million in unexpected federal funding. It also would require that for amounts under $50 million, the Emergency Commission would still be able to make a recommendation on how the money is to be spent, but the Legislature’s Budget Section could make changes to that recommendation. Right now, the Budget Section can only approve or reject those spending plans.

The state Senate has again passed a bill that funds challenge grants for the state’s colleges and universities – despite pleas from one of the conference committee members to kill it.

Under the challenge grant program, for every $2 raised by a college foundation, the state would contribute $1, with the money going for scholarships.

Burgum signs 'Sustainable Energy Fund' bill

Apr 26, 2021
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that creates a “Clean Sustainable Energy Fund.”

The fund will use $25 million from the state’s General Fund to support low emission technology projects.

"This is the final legislation this session that helps level the playing field for baseload energy," Burgum said at a state Capitol signing ceremony. "It insures baseload sources will also have a place in a carbon-constrained market."

This is one of a series of bills designed to help keep lignite coal viable.

Demand for COVID-19 vaccine in North Dakota continues to slow.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, 46.8 percent of North Dakota residents have received at least one shot of vaccine. 40.4 percent are up to date on their vaccine coverage.

Since last week, more than 17,600 residents were upgraded to “up to date” vaccine coverage, but only about 5,500 new residents received their first dose of vaccine.

North Dakota has received 580,405 doses of vaccine, and has administered 531,198 doses.

104 new COVID-19 cases, 8 percent daily positivity rate

Apr 26, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 104 new individuals from 18 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 106,809.

 

These results were from a pool of 1,566 tests for a daily positive rate of 8.01 percent.

 

61 of those positives were PCR tests, and 43 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

Anti-Islam vandalism at Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center Mosque

Apr 26, 2021
Bill Thomas / Prairie Public

Moorhead police are investigating vandalism at the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center Mosque.

The incident was reported to police at around 5:20 am Sunday. Police found hate messages directed toward the Islamic faith, and several areas of the building were spray painted.

"I've been pretty much involved in this community for many years, and I know this community very well. And that's why I'm shocked," said Sajid Ghauri, the mosque's advisor. "Knowing this community, this kind of action does not happen."

34 new coronavirus cases found

Apr 25, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 34 new individuals from 11 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 106,688.

 

These results were from a pool of 1,382 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.16 percent.

 

17 of those positives were PCR tests, and 17 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

A bill to change the pension plan for public employees will be one of the last measures the Legislature will consider.

It would affect people hired after January first, 2023.

Right now it’s a “defined benefit” plan. The bill would make it a “defined contribution” plan.

Legislative Review 4-23-21: Senator Tim Mathern

Apr 25, 2021

Sen. Tim Mathern (D-Fargo) discusses bonding, use of federal COVID relief money, redistriicting and the main budget issues left to be decided in the 2021 Legislative Session.

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