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IN THE BLACK Free and Low cost Activities
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The cost of flooding across North Dakota this year is expected to reach $1 billion, the state’s adjutant general said Tuesday.
The amount includes more than $400 million in government services and damage, Maj. Gen David Sprynczynatyk told state legislators at a meeting in the Capitol.
Soaring gasoline and other fuel prices have pushed an inflation indicator to its highest ever level in a monthly survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states, further slowing the regional economy.
The overall Mid-America business conditions index dropped to 57.7 in April from 61.4 in March. The index remained in positive territory above 50, mainly because higher agricultural commodity prices improved the outlook for firms linked to the farm sector, said Creighton University Economics Professor Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey.
GRAND FORKS — Food prices are on the rise, but the worst of it hasn’t hit local supermarket aisles and restaurant menus quite yet.
One culprit is this winter’s extreme weather — unusual enough to put parts of Mexico in a deep freeze for the first time in 60 years and prompt a “dramatic” spike in the price of many produce staples, Hugo’s operations manager Doug Driscoll said.
By Ryan Johnson, Forum Communications Co.
, March 04, 2011
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prices for major crops climbed Thursday as a U.N. agency said food costs are now at their highest point since the agency began tracking them 20 years ago.
Global prices have surged 2.2 percent just in the past month, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. The FAO’s index, which measures the price of staple food items and big commercial crops like corn and soybeans, reached its highest level since 1990.
North Dakota’s county jails spend more than $1.5 million annually on inmates’ medical expenses, and a single seriously ill prisoner can wreak havoc on county budgets, local officials say.
Last year, Cass County alone paid almost $110,000 for cancer treatments for a man arrested for a felony charge of terrorizing, documents show. The county had budgeted about $250,000 for outside medical expenses for all of its inmates, according to county records.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, April 19, 2010
Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans — a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the plan takes full effect.
Beginning in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty. That’s when premiums for young adults seeking coverage on the individual market would likely climb by 17 percent on average, or roughly $42 a month, according to an analysis of the plan conducted for The Associated Press. The analysis did not factor in tax credits to help offset the increase.
By Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press
, March 30, 2010
The Stutsman County Commission has faced controversial road decisions for more than two decades. The road issues the county faces are similar to other counties: increase revenue or decrease road and maintenance expenses. In other words, raise taxes and/or return roads to gravel.
Staying warm won’t be quite as expensive this winter.
People who heat with natural gas should do especially well, seeing their lowest bills in five years. But no matter what fuel is used, heating costs are expected to take less of a bite out of household budgets in the coming months — from $20 to as much as $280 lower than last winter depending on what fuel is used, the government says.
Lawmakers have put off reviewing a 63 percent cost overrun to build a new house for the president of North Dakota State University.
The North Dakota Legislature’s interim Budget Section committee was scheduled to look at the project Tuesday. But the issue was taken off the agenda.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. says customers will pay about 12 percent less for natural gas to heat their homes this fall and winter compared with last year.
The Bismarck-based utility is projecting a $65 decrease for average residential home heating bills over five months, from November through March.
If you pay the mechanic $1,000 to fix your transmission and it breaks again next week, the garage should find and fix the problem for free. So if you get an infection following open-heart surgery because the doctor forgot an antibiotic, why are you charged extra to clear up the wound?
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, September 08, 2009
When it comes to health care spending, an ounce of prevention is seldom worth a pound of cure.
Take Mrs. Jones, a hypothetical 55-year-old obese woman at risk for diabetes. It costs $900 a year to hire a personal lifestyle coach to help her lose weight and prevent diabetes. Suppose that the coaching works for Jones, and she is spared diabetes and all the resulting health bills.
By Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press
, June 25, 2009
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