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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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Florida faces lawsuits over its new election law, a medical board fines an Indiana doctor for speaking about a 10-year-old's abortion, and Minnesota advocates say threats to cut SNAP funds are off the mark.

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The White House and Speaker McCarthy gain support to pass their debt ceiling agreement, former President Donald Trump retakes the lead in a new GOP primary poll, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is impeached.

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The growing number of "maternity care deserts" makes having a baby increasingly dangerous for rural Americans, a Colorado project is connecting neighbor to neighbor in an effort to help those suffering with mental health issues, and a school district in Maine is using teletherapy to tackle a similar challenge.

North Dakota

Smaller and mid-sized farms say due to market concentration and supply-chain issues within agriculture have made it much harder to get their foods to various markets, including schools and restaurants within their own regions. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

ND Farm Communities See Brighter Path with Food Business Centers

Rural development leaders say getting healthy, locally grown food to underserved areas is a challenge in states like North Dakota. They hope a new …

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Some North Dakota lawmakers say the state has done a good job in analyzing such matters as behavioral health in recent years. They hope it can do the same for affordable housing, as demand for support programs appears evident. (Adobe Stock)
ND Prepares for Deeper Dive Into Housing, Other Needs

May is Community Action Month, and in North Dakota, groups trying to help households escape poverty are gathering feedback on which obstacles are the …

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North Dakota housing advocates said a landlord placing unreasonable occupancy standards on families is likely in violation of state and federal law. (Adobe Stock)
Settlement Reached in ND Housing Discrimination Case

A housing discrimination case in North Dakota dealing with occupancy standards has resulted in a settlement, and advocates say it underscores the …

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Across the nation, AARP says the estimated economic value of family caregivers' unpaid contributions now stands at $600 billion. (Adobe Stock)
Report: ND Sees Boost in Economic Value of Unpaid Caregivers

North Dakota's population includes 16% of its residents aged 65 and older, with demographers predicting the number will increase, and a new report …

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Last fall, the Native American Rights Fund sued Benson County in a North Dakota case concerning fairness in elections for county commission seats. This spring, the group announced a settlement in the case. (Adobe Stock)
Tribal Advocates Secure Settlement for Local Elections in ND County

For nearly two decades, a North Dakota county elected local commissioners in a way that did not comply with a consent decree concerning Native …

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After seeing cuts in previous budgets, North Dakota's public colleges and universities are getting a funding boost from the Legislature this year. (Adobe Stock)
In Reading the Higher Education Room, ND Lawmakers Boost Support

More college students in the U.S. are "stopping out" and not re-enrolling, according to a new report. In North Dakota, state lawmakers hope their …

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Researchers in North Dakota say they've been able to examine the structures of two decommissioned wind blades in different conditions. Inside, they found materials such as thick layers of Fiberglas and balsa wood or foam, sandwiched between thin layers of Fiberglas. (Photo courtesy of EERC)
Recycling Renewables: Giving New Life to Wind, Solar Energy Parts

As Earth Month wraps up, more attention is being given to how to make use of wind and solar components at the end of their useful lives - and it …

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In recent weeks, House and Senate committees in Congress have been holding hearings on the Farm Bill, which faces a fall deadline for reauthorization. (Adobe Stock)
Farm Bill Debate: More Breathing Room Sought for Conservation

Funding for a longstanding food-assistance program is at the center of the Farm Bill reauthorization debate. But there also are calls to make it …

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In North Dakota, opponents of a proposed abortion ban which cleared the Legislature said anti-abortion politicians are trying to control women's bodies and lives. Supporters contend they are trying to protect the unborn. (Adobe Stock)
As Court Case Plays Out, ND Lawmakers Approve Abortion Ban

North Dakota has been steeped in a legal challenge to the state's trigger ban on abortions, which is currently blocked. Now, the Legislature has …

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Earlier this month, North Dakota's governor issued an executive order declaring a statewide emergency in response to spring flooding. (Adobe Stock)
Flood Preparedness 101: Tips Resurface in ND After Big Snowmelt

North Dakota is no stranger to spring floods, but after several late winter bursts, rapid snowmelt has led to heightened concerns about rivers …

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Operators of rural grocery stores say they often have thin profit margins while facing challenges to provide affordable healthy foods to customers. (Adobe Stock)
Grocery Store Co-ops Could Expand in North Dakota

In northeastern North Dakota, some rural grocery stores have embraced the "co-op" model in trying to stay afloat and address concerns about food …

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This session, North Dakota lawmakers have faced calls to adopt additional prescription drug cost reform. Some efforts have come up short, but an insulin cap bill for public workers was sent to the governor. (Adobe Stock)
ND Lawmakers Advance Insulin Price-Cap Bill

In the national quest to help people with diabetes deal with the skyrocketing costs of insulin, North Dakota lawmakers are weighing in, as a bill to …

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