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Mark shares some thoughts on Native Americans and the Presidency

June 2 at 5pm:

The Fall of Saigon marked the bitter end of the American War in Vietnam and the loss of a homeland for hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people. We share stories of the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops, along with heroic rescues and harrowing escapes of Vietnamese citizens. Then we take a glimpse into post-war life under communist rule in Vietnam.

May 26 at 5pm:

In early 2011, NPR's Kelly McEvers started to see things in slow motion. She cried unpredictably. She was a correspondent in the turbulent Middle East, in the time of the Arab uprisings. Colleagues and friends were being kidnapped. Some were getting killed.

But still, she went toward the story. The next year, 2012, was the deadliest year on record for journalists. It was a huge hit to the "tribe" of war correspondents of which Kelly is a part. These are people who choose to go into conflict, to put themselves at risk. But they also enjoy the role, the adrenaline, the life. Some of them, like Kelly, have children.

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Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race in November, is delivering the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Reporters across the NPR newsroom are annotating her remarks, adding context and analysis.


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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address, which the White House says will outline a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind." Yet the speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. NPR reporters covering the White House, Congress, immigration, national security and more are annotating his remarks live, adding context and analysis. 

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President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, beginning at 8:00pm CT, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. 

Bismarck lawmaker reviving a 'guns in schools' bill

Dec 21, 2018

A Bismarck lawmaker is reviving a bill to allow designated personnel to carry weapons in school.

Rep. Pat Heinert (R-Bismarck) said the bill would be optional, and it aimed at smaller schools who do not have "Student Resource Officers."

"This would leave the opportunity available in state law for a school district to do this," Heinert said. "There are no mandates."

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The Public Service Commission is asking the courts to make it the trustee in an insolvency case for a roving grain buyer and grain warehouse license holder.

Hunter Hanson has a roving grain buyer business, as Midwest Grain Trading of Devils Lake, as well as two elevators at Tunbridge and Rohrville. The PSC began the action after receiving complaints from producers.

The PSC has filed actions in both Burleigh County District Court and the Pierce County District Court to be named as trustee.

ND Water Commission

In the state Water Commission budget, there is a $75 million line of credit to build a water treatment plant for the Northwest Area Water Supply System.

NAWS will take water from Lake Sakakawea to Minot and other areas of northwestern North Dakota.

State Water Commission engineer Garland Erbele said the plant is to be built at Max.

"That plant will be owned by the (Federal) Bureau of Reclamation," Erbele said. "They will reimburse us for the construction costs, but we have to 'upfront' the money."

'Operation Prairie Dog" will start in the House

Dec 19, 2018

“Operation Prairie Dog” will start in the House.

That’s the bill to provide a new revenue source for local infrastructure projects across the state. It will create a new “bucket” for oil tax money.

It was the brainchild of a number of Republican legislators, led by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson). But Wardner said the House will get the first look at the proposal.

"I know there's probably more people that have concerns about it over in the House," Wardner said. "They're probably going to be using the first half to work on it."