General News

Fargo, ND – On October 8th, 1998--Judy Shepard was awakened in the middle of the nightby a phone call that no parent should ever have to receive.

Her eldest son--Matthew--was brutally beaten because he was gay. A few daysfollowing the attack, Matthew died.

Judy Shepard now uses her grief over he sons death to speak out against hatecrimes. Shepard wants America to understand that this is an anomaly.

Bismarck, ND – Firefighters from all over the U-S say they were really affected by the events of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Fargo, ND – Evolution is not without its controversy. Some people have advocated "scientific creationism" as an alternative to the theory first offered by Charles Darwin. But scientists say the evidence is growing that Charles Darwin's theory is right.

Doctor Craig Stockwell of North Dakota State University is an evolutionary biologist.

Fargo, ND – Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader says in light of the recent attacks on America, one government reaction that's very important is to re-direct our military budget from fighting the last cold wars.

Bismarck, ND – The Red River Valley and Western Railroad wants to upgrade some of its track in Cass County.

The short line has asked for federal rail assistance to upgrade the track between Davenport and Leonard. The state Department of Transportation has signed off on the request, along with the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Tony Clark is a member of the PSC.

Fargo, ND – The Minnesota Legislature has appropriated one hundred thousand dollars from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Water Recreation account for an inventory of the Red River.

The inventory will make recommendations to the legislature on the cost of improvements necessary for canoe and boating routes on the river. It also will map the lower portion of the Red from Breckenridge to Georgetown.

Bismarck, ND – Freshmen students at the University of Mary in Bismarck held a rally and prayer service to honor the soldiers who have been called up for active duty in the war against well as for those people who lost their lives in last week's terrorist attacks.

U-Mary Campus Ministry director Mike Kautzman says he's seen a change in attitude among students following last week's attack.

Fargo, ND – You can't condemn an entire population by the actions of some people in it.

That was the point Akram Salah was making during a discussion panel at NDSU about the recent attacks on America.

Salah is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at NDSU. He is also Muslim. he says terrorism is everywhere.

Bismarck, ND – An oil industry analyst says cutbacks in jet fuel use by America's ailing airline industry may be balanced somewhat by government purchases for military operations in the future.

John Kerekes of the American Petroleum Institute says the price of crude oil spiked worldwide just after last week's terrorist attacks. But he says prices fell then as other countries anticipated ripples from the growing economic problems in the United States.

Philadelphia, PA – Rosenbluth International has imposed across-the-board employee pay reductions as a result of a severe slump in travel due to last week's terrorists attacks.

A spokesperson for the international travel management company in Philadelphia declined to say how large the pay cuts were or what other measures the company has taken. Rosenbluth has more than 5,000 employees in 24 countries including several offices in North Dakota.