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Justice is getting what you deserve (punishment).

Mercy is not getting what you deserve (no punishment).

Grace is getting what you don't deserve (salvation).

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KHRT ND News - Friday - 09/06/19 - Noon Edition

Mandan police say a woman has been struck and killed in the parking lot of an apartment building....

     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Mandan police say a woman has been struck and killed in the parking lot of an apartment building. Authorities say a 74-year-old driver was backing up his vehicle when he struck and ran over a 79-year-old Mandan woman who walking across the lot about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. She was taken to the hospital and later died of her injuries. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is assisting with the investigation.

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    WASHINGTON, DC - Hurricane Dorian carved a path of devastation in the Bahamas, leaving behind catastrophic damage and affecting an estimated 76,000 people and more than 13,000 homes. As the storm continues to move along the U.S. coast, pummeling communities with high storm surge, rain, and tornado threats, the American Red Cross is one of the organization there to provide food, shelter, comfort, and hope.

    Officials say more than 2,500 Red Cross disaster responders from across the country have worked to support people in threatened communities across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In preparation for this powerful storm the Red Cross says, 110 emergency response vehicles and 104 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets, and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals, were mobilized near evacuation centers and at-risk communities along with trained volunteers and staff.

    Donations can be made online at www.redcross.org

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    BISMARCK, ND - U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approved a Housing Preservation grant of $70,000 for the Souris Basin Planning Council in Minot. The Rural Development investment will be used to complete repairs to eight units of rental property and will help improve the living conditions of low-income households. The Souris Basin Planning Council serves communities within Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Renville, Pierce, and Ward counties.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - Today, the North Dakota Department of Human Services and four Native American tribal nations signed updated comprehensive agreements to enhance child welfare services for Native American children and families. The agreements were signed during a ceremony in Memorial Hall at the state Capitol that included Gov. Doug Burgum, tribal chairpersons and officials from the Department of Human Services and Indian Affairs Commission. Representatives from Casey Family Programs, the regional Children's Bureau office of the federal Administration for Children and Families in Denver, CO, and the Native American Training Institute where also in attendance.

    Under the agreements, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation; the Spirit Lake Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa will receive federal Title IV-E funds through the state to support an enhanced array of child welfare services, expanded subsidized adoption services and the subsidized guardianship program.

    In addition, the updated agreements offer access to prevention services under the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, which realigns federal funding to strengthen families and protect children. The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate nation operates child welfare programming from its South Dakota office, and has a Title IV-E agreement with the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

    "There is no greater responsibility than raising the next generation of North Dakotans," Burgum said. "This historic action to update these agreements shows strong commitment by the state and tribes to improve outcomes for children and families and continue our collaborative partnership built on understanding and mutual respect."

    The last time Title IV-E agreements were signed between the state and the four tribal nations that share geography with North Dakota was in 1983. The agreements supported the Indian Child Welfare Act and permitted the tribes to maintain jurisdiction and case management of Native American children placed in foster care. There were two amendments to the original agreement that allowed the tribes to access federal funds for social service staff and foster parent training and expanded Title IV-E coverage for eligible children who were adopted through tribal court.

    "Wopila (thank you) to the many people from the tribes, the state and national partners who collaborated for countless hours to make these new agreements a reality," said Scott Davis, Indian Affairs Commission executive director. "This is yet another strong step in strengthening tribal engagement and relationships."

    While tribal nations can work directly with the federal government to access Title IV-E funding, these updated agreements show the commitment by all parties to continue to work together for the benefit of children and families.

    "Today is a landmark day for state and tribal relations," Chris Jones, executive director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, said during his closing remarks. "These agreements make additional services available to our tribal partners. The department was told by a national expert the agreements are likely the most comprehensive and respectful in the country."

    These updated state and tribal Title IV-E agreements take effect immediately. There will be ongoing communications between the state and tribes to allow for future amendments as needed.

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    MINOT, ND - The City of Minot Transit Department has altered two bus routes due to an upcoming construction-related closure on Third Street NE.

    The intersection of Third Street NE and Fifth Avenue NE will be temporarily closed beginning Monday as underground work related to the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Control Project begins in that location.

    Due to the closure, there will be changes to Minot City Transit's North Central and West routes.

    The North Central route will follow the southbound detour on Sixth Avenue NE to Broadway, and then on to Central Avenue where it will go south on First Street SE and continue its normal route back to the Municipal Auditorium.

    The West Route will take the southbound detour on Sixth Avenue NE to Broadway, then directly to Burdick Expressway to the Auditorium. There will be no West Route service to the downtown area due to these detours.

    If you have any questions on these changes, please contact Minot City Transit at 857-4148.
 

 

 

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