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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 04/12/18 - MORNING EDITION

North Dakota Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell has withdrawn from the U.S. House race....

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell has withdrawn from the U.S. House race. Campbell made the announcement Wednesday at a luncheon in Fargo, saying it was important for the party to unite to win the race. The wealthy potato farmer from Grafton says he will support state Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who won party endorsement at last weekend's state convention.

    Campbell had filed a petition Monday to run in the June 12 primary despite losing the endorsement, but party officials had been seeking to get him to step aside.

    Campbell spent more than $750,000 of his own money on a Senate campaign starting last summer. He switched to the House after GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer announced he would challenge incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Williston today on a natural gas pipeline project. ONEOK Rockies Midstream wants to convert an existing natural gas gathering pipeline and a portion of another gathering pipeline into a natural gas liquids transmission line. The cost of the Cherry Creek Pipeline Conversion project is estimated at $1.8 million. A Public Service Commission hearing scheduled in March was canceled due to a storm. The hearing is now set for 9 a.m. today at the Williston Research Extension Center.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - More than 500 people attended A Day for Prevention, a first-of-its-kind event for North Dakota that brought together national, regional and state experts to discuss public policies, strategies and resources that work to prevent substance abuse. Thousands more watched online or participated in community viewing events in nine cities across the state on Wednesday.

    "Addiction touches every family, every state agency and every community in North Dakota, with devastating consequences and enormous costs that often go unmeasured," said Gov. Doug Burgum, who with First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum kicked off the event hosted by the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS). "We need to start treating addiction like the chronic disease it is, and we need a new approach. By moving resources upstream to support data-driven, outcome-based prevention efforts, we will save lives and money."

    "Substance abuse and addiction is a community problem requiring a community solution," said Pamela Sagness, Behavioral Health Division director at DHS. "We are committed to investing in effective prevention to save lives and resources."

    Announcements were made throughout the event at Bismarck State College, including:

    The Office of Recovery Reinvented is now accepting proposals for the first-ever Innovate Recovery Competition to help address the need for greater recovery services for North Dakotans. Potential solutions could include sober living, recovery community organizations, addressing the workforce shortage for recovery specialists, peer support, solutions that reach rural North Dakota communities, youth engagement, erasing the shame and stigma of addiction, or other areas not yet envisioned. The winner will receive up to $50,000. Visit www.recoveryreinvented.com for details and to apply. Winner to be announced at Recovery Reinvented 2018, Sept. 5 at the Fargo Civic Center.

    The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division is offering the Parents Lead Mini Grant Program, a new funding opportunity for North Dakota public schools. The program is designed to assist schools with local implementation of Parents Lead, an evidence-based underage drinking prevention program supporting parents and professionals working with at-risk families. Up to 15 schools will be awarded $1,000 each. Visit www.recoveryreinvented.com for details and to apply.

    The North Dakota Highway Patrol and Department of Human Services are working in collaboration to provide an anonymous, statewide "Text-a-Tip" tip line that can be used to help keep illegal substances out of communities and allow law enforcement to locate distributors of illegal drugs. Citizen participation has always been a big part of crime prevention, and the anonymous tip line can serve as a force multiplier by empowering citizens to get involved to keep citizens safe.

    Responding to the increase of overdose deaths in the state, attendees received training in naloxone administration. Two single-dose kits of naloxone were made available for free to interested participants at the Bismarck event and at community viewing and participation events in Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Rolla, Valley City and Williston. Naloxone is a prescription medication that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose. Under North Dakota law, any individual - family, friends or community member - is protected from civil or criminal liability for giving naloxone for a suspected opioid overdose.

    The Behavioral Health Division has developed a web-based toolkit at https://prevention.nd.gov/get-involved to assist communities in assessing, planning, and implementing effective prevention strategies. The toolkit provides communities the opportunity to target the problem, find resources, build support and do what works by implementing effective strategies and programs.

    Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford also spoke at the event, sharing his experience of prevention efforts in Watford City while serving as mayor there during the state's oil boom.

    For those who missed the event, the recording of A Day for Prevention and any resources shared during the day will be available at https://prevention.nd.gov/day-for-prevention.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A New Town woman faces federal charges that she stole money from a tribal program that helps families whose young children need speech and physical therapy. Thirty-three-year-old Melissa Ann Mandan was indicted on charges of federal program theft and embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

    Mandan, also known as Melissa Fyten, was arrested and appeared this week in U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges Mandan stole more than $40,000 from the Three Affiliated Tribes' infant and toddler program while she was employed as an administrative assistant. Mandan also is accused of fraudulently using the program account to buy thousands of dollars worth of goods and foods.

    Federal public defender Neil Fulton says a not-guilty plea will be entered for Mandan. A jury trial is set for June 4.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Results of a national assessment show reading and math scores of fourth- and eighth-grade students in North Dakota had little improvement since 2015. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the study conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress is administered every two years.

    The report shows that there was no change nationwide in the average fourth-grade reading or math scores. The national average reading scores for eighth-graders showed a 1-point increase. North Dakota's fourth- and eighth-grade math scores were above national average. But state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says more should be done to promote early learning and reading programs. She says other exam scores in the state, such as the North Dakota State Assessment, have remained flat.

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a statement Tuesday, saying "we must do better for America's students."

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says Donald Trump asked her to join the Republican Party shortly before he was sworn in as president. Heitkamp, in an interview with The Washington Post Tuesday, said Trump "asked me to switch parties" during a December 2016 meeting at his Trump Tower in New York City. A spokeswoman for Heitkamp confirmed the remarks Wednesday.

    The newspaper said Trump made the request while he and Heitkamp were discussing deregulation and other areas where they have common interests. Heitkamp says in a statement that Trump "has pointed out our similarities and ribbed me on my party affiliation."

    Heitkamp is North Dakota's only Democratic statewide officeholder. She faces a tough re-election fight from GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer in a critical race for control of the Senate.

 

 


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