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Bill would bar North Dakota businesses from refusing cash

BISMARCK (AP) — A Republican North Dakota lawmaker wants to prohibit businesses from banning cash as a payment, saying cashless transactions create economic barriers for some residents. Rep. Ben Koppelman introduced HB 1299 this week with GOP lawmakers in both chambers signing on as ...

ND entering 2nd phase of vaccine groups

BISMARCK (AP) — The elderly and people with underlying health conditions in North Dakota are beginning to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine doses as the state enters the second phase of vaccine priority groups, health officials said. Sanford Health Bismarck on Thursday began vaccinating ...

ND revenue report shows rough start, strong finish

BISMARCK (AP) — A budget analyst told North Dakota lawmakers Tuesday that the state will likely see “rough sailing” early in the year but there’s reason for optimism in the long run. In his revenue forecast to the House and Senate appropriations committees, Curtis Smith of IHS Markit ...

ND reports 1st deaths due to COVID-19 in 4 days

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported their first deaths due to the coronavirus in four days, with three fatalities confirmed in Tuesday's update. A total of 1,355 people have died since the start of the pandemic. Data compiled Monday by The COVID Tracking Project showed ...

Paycheck Protection Program begins to re-open

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal Monday. SBA is addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial ...

Mothers push for reform of ‘antiquated’ breastfeeding law

BISMARCK (AP) — Some mothers are again pushing for the removal of what they describe as outdated language in state law governing breastfeeding in North Dakota. Under current law, women may breastfeed in public “in a discreet and modest manner.” A bill scheduled for a hearing in the state ...

ND reports 3rd straight day with no virus deaths

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal Monday. SBA is addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial ...

8 arrested in Minnesota protest over Line 3 pipeline project

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP) — Eight people were arrested in a protest to oppose construction of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota, authorities said. More than 150 people gathered in Aitken County on Saturday to protest the project, the Northern Lights Task ...

Legislation aims to tighten North Dakota seat belt law

BISMARCK (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to tighten North Dakota's seat belt law to allow police to pull over anyone they see driving unbuckled — or any of their passengers. It's the latest and the most stringent in a decades-old and contentious effort to encourage more seat ...

North Dakota sees no new deaths due to COVID-19 for 2nd day

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday said the state's COVID-19 update listed no deaths for a second straight day and showed another drop in hospitalizations. The number of people requiring care in medical facilities has decreased by 13 in the last two days, to 72. Ten ...

Prison business wants to sell products to state employees

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is considering whether to allow the state’s 16,000 employees to buy products made by people incarcerated in the state prison system. Inmates produce everything from garbage bags to mattresses to barbecue grills for sale to government and tribal entities and ...

Legislation allows extra-long semis on ND roads

BISMARCK (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would allow extra-long semis on North Dakota roadways say it addresses a growing need to move cargo, given the increase in e-commerce and a shortage of truck drivers. But, opponents of the so-called “road train” legislation fear it would increase ...

Couple married for 70 years die days apart from COVID-19

BISMARCK (AP) — Walter and Lorraine Morlock loved to go to church, travel together and go camping. He was a sheet metal worker, an avid Minnesota Twins baseball fan, and a collector of coins and North Dakota centennial pins. She loved to sew and create things from fabric, and watch high ...

ND shows 350 new virus cases on 10,000-plus tests

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Thursday the daily positivity rate for COVID-19 tests came in at less than 4% after workers processed more than 10,000 examinations in the last 24 hours. The update showed 350 new cases since Wednesday, for a total of 94,156 since the start ...

ND Legislature wants limits on executive orders

BISMARCK (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers, upset with Gov. Doug Burgum's moves on the coronavirus pandemic, want to limit emergency or disaster declarations and allow the Legislature more oversight of the executive branch action. A bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal, of Edinburg, ...

North Dakota shows 350 new virus cases on 10,000-plus tests

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Thursday the daily positivity rate for COVID-19 tests came in at less than 4% after workers processed more than 10,000 examinations in the last 24 hours. The update showed 350 new cases since Wednesday, for a total of 94,156 since the start ...

N. Dakota’s oil industry seeks reduced late royalty payments

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's oil industry is seeking relief on the amount of interest and penalties the state can charge companies for unpaid oil and gas royalties. The trade group representing the state's oil industry, North Dakota Petroleum Council, is asking lawmakers to reduce late ...

ND Republicans unveil $1.1 billion bonding plan

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday unveiled a $1.1 billion bonding package aimed largely at financing infrastructure projects across the state and using earnings from the state’s oil tax piggy bank to pay for the borrowed money. The proposal is ...

North Dakota to allow more customers in bars and restaurants

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Monday that he plans to ease restrictions on the number of people who gather in restaurants, bars and event venues, citing a decrease in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. Food service establishments have for ...

North Dakota launches toll-free child abuse reporting hotline

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the state’s 19 human service zones announced the launch today of a statewide toll-free child abuse and neglect reporting line that is part of a new child protection services intake process. Individuals who suspect a child is ...