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The TEENS Act would expand workable hours for affected teenagers to span from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., as well as increase the number of workable hours during a school week to 24.
Across the country, housing market conditions are “unlike anything the industry has ever seen.” Buyers are undeterred. The story behind how the local housing market is plowing ahead despite national challenges.
North Dakota's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.3% was the sixth-lowest in the United States for the month of July. Across the Red River, Minnesota had the nation's lowest mark at 1.8%.
The Great Plains Food Bank anticipates a 1 million pound distribution shortfall this fiscal year, equivalent to 800,000 meals.
If we want North Dakota to be open for business, we need to make sure our workers can find child care. We need child care workers as acutely as we need teachers and nurses.
It will be "something different from what you usually see from our administration," Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said on this issue of Plain Talk.

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Despite the second straight weekly decline reported by the Labor Department on Thursday, claims are hovering near a five-month high. There have been job cuts in sectors like technology and housing amid fears of a recession as the Federal Reserve aggressively tightens monetary policy to quell price pressures.
The president will also call on states to temporarily suspend state fuel taxes, which are often higher than federal rates, and he will challenge major oil companies to bring back idled refining capacity.
Particularly galling to the White House is the jump in industry stock buybacks, returning to investors profits that the administration wants invested in more refining capacity to bring gasoline prices down.

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