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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

North Dakota

When North Dakota lawmakers reconvene in 2025, they're expected to consider ideas from a task force about getting more teachers into classrooms. The panel is just beginning to hold discussions. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, February 19, 2024

ND task force zeroes in on teacher recruitment

This coming Thursday, a new task force will meet to advance discussions about boosting teacher recruitment and retention in North Dakota. The panel …

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A new poll regarding North Dakota's Legacy Fund shows voters want the agency in Bismarck overseeing investments to shift their focus, including leveraging the account for property tax relief. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: Big disconnect between North Dakotans and 'people's fund'

In a new poll, North Dakota voters say they'd like to see big changes to the state's Legacy Fund, which operates as a savings account funded by oil …

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An American Express report notes there are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Women business owners in ND take on risks to thrive

National Entrepreneurship Week runs through Saturday. In North Dakota, outreach continues to ensure women business owners face fewer obstacles in …

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In a multistate project, Summit Carbon Solutions wants to capture carbon emissions from Midwestern ethanol plants and run those emissions through a maze of pipelines to be stored underground in North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
ND law at center of carbon pipeline fight now under scrutiny

A North Dakota lawmaker is calling into question a state law change that drew a lot of attention this week. At issue is a regulatory decision for a …

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Leading up to a 2023 vote to overhaul its pension system, North Dakota had an underfunded liability approaching $2 billion. (Adobe Stock)
National report issues cautionary tale after ND pension overhaul

CLARIFICATION: North Dakota will be closing its main public pension plan next year. An earlier version of this story did not indicate that several …

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Aside from surgeons, North Dakota sits below regional and national averages in its numbers of physicians and specialists per capita. (Adobe Stock)
ND hopes new campaign beefs up rural health-care workforce

North Dakota lags behind other Midwestern states when it comes to having an adequate number of health-care physicians. State officials say a new …

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According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 23 million lower-income households have benefited from the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program. (Adobe Stock)
Federal funds drying up to keep internet service on for low-income households

Low-income households across the United States now face a deadline to sign up for federal funds that give them a break on their monthly internet bills…

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North Dakota has joined Minnesota, Virginia and Arkansas to take part in a national pilot project that pays farmers for every acre they use for conservation practices, such as cover crops. (Adobe Stock)
ND chosen for 'climate smart' farming pilot project

North Dakota is one of four states chosen for a federally funded pilot program to spur more interest in farmers to reduce their carbon footprint…

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Agriculture experts said even if farmers are lucky to have health insurance, behavioral health services may be considered
Despite more awareness, mental-health barriers remain for farmers

It is January and North Dakota farmers may already be looking ahead to the spring planting season. Mental health providers see hope and challenges …

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Policy experts say as it now stands, roughly 19 million children in the U.S. don't benefit from the federal Child Tax Credit because their families' incomes are too low. (Adobe Stock)
Federal Child Tax Credit could see another expansion with new deal in play

Congress is poised to consider renewing the expanded Child Tax Credit and policy analysts said the latest effort could help tens of thousands of North…

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The American Red Cross says in the last 20 years, the number of people donating blood through its facilities has fallen by about 40%. (Adobe Stock)
National shortages underscore pleas for blood donations

The American Red Cross said it is experiencing an emergency blood shortage. A regional facility in North Dakota said its situation is not quite as …

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Over the past year, a handful of the leading insulin manufacturers have announced price caps on the heels of policy changes under the federal Inflation Reduction Act that capped out-of-pocket costs for people enrolled in Medicare. (Adobe Stock)
More insulin price caps taking effect in 2024

The movement to cap insulin prices for diabetes patients grew larger in the United States this week. Consumer advocates in North Dakota say the news …

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