Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Barrels of oil aren't the only thing North Dakota is making less of these days. Residents produced fewer bundles of joy last year, too. The number of babies born to North Dakota residents declined in 2015 for the first time in 14 years, according to vital statistics released by the state Department of Health this week.
BISMARCK — A state Board of Higher Education committee voted unanimously Friday to retain an independent third party to investigate whether North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani's handling of media guidelines for athletics coverage violated any board policies. Board President Kathleen Neset of Tioga, who chairs the three-member Audit Committee, said the review is "in everyone's best interest."
BISMARCK -- The state Board of Higher Education’s three-member Audit Committee voted unanimously Friday to hire an independent third party to investigate whether North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani’s...
BISMARCK — North Dakotans will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana for medical use, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Thursday, and at least one police chief already is raising concerns about unintended consequences of the proposed law. Sponsors of the initiated measure needed at least 13,452 signatures to put their Compassionate Care Act on the Nov. 8 ballot. They delivered 18,011 signatures to Jaeger last month, and 17,217 were accepted as qualified electors.
BISMARCK — The number of abortions performed in North Dakota last year dropped to the lowest level in at least 35 years, which the director of the state's lone abortion clinic attributes to better availability and insurance coverage of contraceptives. The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo performed 1,166 abortions last year, down from 1,264 in 2014, according to the state Department of Health, which began tracking abortion statistics in 1981. The previous low was 1,182 abortions in 2013, while the high was 3,076 in 1982.
BISMARCK — The most in-depth audit to date of the computer network that supports North Dakota's state government found a "fundamental weakness" in the Information Technology Department's inability to deploy security patches to state-owned computers and software outside of its control.
BISMARCK — North Dakota voters will decide in November whether to raise taxes on tobacco products for the first time since 1993, including a fivefold increase in the cigarette tax that sponsors of the ballot measure hope will motivate adults to quit smoking and prevent young people from starting. Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Wednesday that 21,698 of the 22,840 signatures that sponsors submitted in early July were accepted as being qualified. Sponsors needed 13,452 signatures to place the proposed change in state law on the Nov. 8 ballot.
BISMARCK — Opponents of new rules that allow for disposal of oilfield waste with higher levels of radioactivity in North Dakota made emotional pleas to the State Health Council in a do-over meeting Tuesday, but the council ratified the rules it adopted a year ago while agreeing to study the issue further. About 60 people attended the meeting in the Capitol's Pioneer Room, many holding up yellow signs stating "Vote NO on the increase" and "Public health over profits."
BISMARCK — A judge Tuesday threw out criminal charges that accused the head of North Dakota's largest state agency of impeding the investigation into the drowning-related death of a 5-year-old girl, but left open the possibility of bringing the charges back. Northeast District Judge Donovan Foughty dismissed the misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to obstruct a government function and refusing to perform a public duty filed in February against Department of Human Services Executive Director Maggie Anderson.
BISMARCK – A judge Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against the head of North Dakota’s largest state agency, who was accused of impeding the investigation into the swimming-related death of a...