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KHRT ND News - Tuesday - 05/14/19 - Morning Edition

With the state legislature now adjourned, advocates for older North Dakotans are reflecting on a legislative session that saw big wins for the 50-plus crowd...

    BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - With the state legislature now adjourned, advocates for older North Dakotans are reflecting on a legislative session that saw big wins for the 50-plus crowd. Josh Askvig, state director of AARP North Dakota, says the organization's number one priority had been legislation that's been attempted three other times.

    "The bill called the CARE Act would ensure hospitals provide information and demonstration of medical tasks that those 62,100 family caregivers are asked to perform at home once a loved one is discharged," he explains. The CARE Act passed, and will become law in August.

    Askvig says another major victory is a reduction in the state income tax on Social Security benefits that will impact an estimated 30,000 people. And there were other measures intended to improve the lives of older adults, including investments in affordable housing, increased access to telemedicine, and a bill that brings banks into the fold of entities that report suspected fraud.

    Through various other bills, Askvig says, financial and functional eligibility for state programs that were sometimes burdensome and shut people out of in-home care services will now be reduced.

    "There's an enhancement of ensuring that no matter which location they try and access services that they'll receive the services in a timely manner," he states.

    Askvig maintains the success can be attributed to the concerted effort of AARP members and advocates, who he says came out in force during the session to talk with lawmakers.

    "I think the results really just prove just how effective our member's voices can be when they speak up and say 'This is what's important to me and my community, and, state legislator, this is how you can help,'" he states.

    AARP will be working over the coming months to educate people around the state about the new laws, and how they might be affected.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has directed government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Wednesday and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

    The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, who called upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 and Police Week, May 12-18, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    "On Peace Officers Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the courageous men and women in uniform who died protecting our communities, our families and our freedoms, and we share our everlasting gratitude for those who continue to protect and serve," Burgum said. "We will always remember the brave law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of public safety, including the 64 North Dakotans who lost their lives in the line of duty."

    The annual North Dakota Peace Officers Memorial ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday near the Peace Officers Memorial on the east side of the state Capitol's Judicial Wing.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says lawmakers won't be called back into session over legislation that limits the state auditor's powers. Legislative leaders met with Auditor Josh Gallion on Monday. They acknowledged that discussion on the last-minute legislation was lacking and say any issues can be solved before the Legislature meets again in 2021.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The director of North Dakota State Radio is retiring next month after a decade on the job. Mike Lynk was appointed in January 2009 to lead the agency that oversees emergency communications. He made upgrading technology a priority. Before that, Lynk had a long career in the security and law enforcement fields. Since 1999 he also has worked security for the Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minnesota, most recently as on-field supervisor.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The remains of two Navy seamen from Minot who were killed in World War II have been identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 23-year-old Calvin Palmer and 21-year-old brother Wilferd Palmer were assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, and died in the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Their remains were exhumed in 2015 from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. They were positively identified in March, in part through DNA analysis.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota doesn't have a new state record walleye after all. Lincoln angler Tom Volk on April 21 was shore-fishing the Heart River in Mandan when he hauled in a 16-pound, 9-ounce walleye. The state Game and Fish Department initially said it was a record but has now concluded the fish was not legally hooked. That means the state record continues to be a 15-pound, 13-ounce walleye that Bismarck angler Neal Leier caught in the Missouri River in May 2018.



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