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North Dakota Democrats want the state to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Democrats want the state to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law.
     In June, North Dakota joined a coalition of 20 GOP-led states that argue that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after the Republican-backed tax overhaul eliminated fines for not having health coverage. Democrats say if the lawsuit is successful, it would strip protections for thousands of North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions. They say it also would end the ability to allow children to stay on their parents' health plan until the age of 26.
     Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the federal health care law has caused premiums to double for many North Dakotans. He says the lawsuit will move forward even if the state withdraws.

     EDGELEY, N.D. (AP) - An elderly woman has died of injuries suffered in a weekend crash in Lamoure County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 85-year-old Jean Hanson of Aberdeen, South Dakota died Sunday at a Fargo hospital. She was involved in a collision Saturday with a truck and livestock trailer near Edgeley. KFGO reports authorities arrested the 21-year-old driver of the truck who they say ran a stop sign and caused the crash.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Four people were arrested after a vehicle chase in Grand Forks in which a police squad car was struck. Authorities say officers tried to stop a sport utility vehicle that was driving with no headlights about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the SUV sped away. It eventually went over a curb, tried to back up and struck an officer's car. The four people inside fled on foot. Two were quickly apprehended, and the other two were tracked down later. The driver was arrested on several charges including reckless driving and refusing to stop. The passengers were arrested for refusing to stop.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Bismarck School Board is spending $1.4 million to try to bolster school safety and mental health support for students. The Bismarck Tribune reports board members voted unanimously Monday to hire additional staff, including 31 aides, a part-time social worker and two school psychologists. The money also will fund other mental health services.
     Interim Superintendent Jim Haussler says teachers shouldn't be asked to be mental health experts, and the new positions are needed. He also wants to form a committee to review various mental health-based pilot programs throughout the school district. The money for the additional hires comes from district reserves.


     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Officials in Mandan will continue to study dog laws after an attack by two pit bulls that left a 7-year-old girl with a broken leg and hundreds of stitches. The Bismarck Tribune reports the Mandan City Commission made no changes to the vicious dog ordinance Tuesday, after about 15 residents offered various opinions on the existing laws. Mandan's ordinance bans vicious dogs, which are defined as an animal that attacks without provocation. The ordinance doesn't currently ban specific breeds of dogs.
     The city of Minot also is dealing with rules for dangerous animals. The Minot Daily News reports the City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance defining what constitutes a dangerous or annoying animal and giving judges various options for handling cases. Final approval could come Oct. 1.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the past week and are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection.

    As of today, North Dakota reported 18 human WNV cases, up 14 cases since July 30. In addition to human cases, one horse, ten birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for WNV.

    "People should be aware of the increase in mosquitoes spreading West Nile virus and take proper precautions to protect themselves from bites," said Jenny Galbraith, epidemiologist with the NDDoH.

    To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the state health department recommends the following protective measures:

    Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or permethrin and apply to clothing when outdoors.  Always follow the directions on the manufacturer's label.

    Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite.

    When possible, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while outside.

    Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).

    Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing screens in windows and doors.

    Keep the grass around your home trimmed.

    Common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches and rash. People with more severe illness may experience symptoms such as stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, coma and even death. Fortunately, most people infected with West Nile virus develop the less severe form of the disease or develop no symptoms at all.


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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