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KHRT ND NEWS - MONDAY - 02/19/18 - NOON EDITION

Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Convention next month....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Convention next month. Biden is also appearing on behalf of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, as she seeks re-election to a second six-year term. In a news release, Biden said Heitkamp has been a strong leader who gets the job done for the people she serves.
 
     The convention in Grand Forks is scheduled for March 15-18. Biden will speak on March 17. The former vice president has said he'll keep his options open as he considers a run for president in 2020. A presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020, a concerning prospect for some Democrats, even though he's only a few years older than Trump.

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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A survey of North Dakota high school students shows the use of electronic cigarettes is surging among young people. The Youth Tobacco Survey shows the number of teens using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days increased from 1.6 percent in 2011 to about 19 percent last year. The number of young people who've tried vaping increased from 4.5 percent in 2011 to about 39 percent in 2017. The Minot Daily News says the Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 20.6 percent of North Dakota high school students use e-cigarettes.
 
     The program director for Tobacco Prevention and Control with the state Health Department, Neil Charvat, says the number of youth that just try vaping is huge and increasing. He says kids who will never touch a regular cigarette will try vaping.
 
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     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Police say officers arrested a man who was firing a gun inside a house in Grand Forks. No one was injured in the shooting Sunday night. The 26-year-old man was arrested on possible charges of terrorizing, reckless endangerment and ingestion of a controlled substance. KFGO reports a gun was recovered from the home.
 
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    BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says a new state program offers some teachers up to 24-thousand dollars in student loan forgiveness. School districts can use the program to recruit or retain teachers. Baesler says the amount of loan forgiveness depends on the teacher's job - and where it is located.

    The program is meant to help fill openings in areas where there is a teacher shortage, or where a critical need exists. Baesler says the program allows school districts to apply for debt relief on behalf of their teachers. They can get between 12-thousand and 24-thousand dollars' worth of loan forgiveness over four years.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - Well-wishers, friends and family gathered Sunday at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck to give their best to about 30 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers who are about to depart on a yearlong mission. The Soldiers, who serve with the 191st Military Police Company, will first undertake additional mobilization training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to Afghanistan.

    "This mission is important to the safety and security of our nation, and our partner nations. The 191 MP Company is prepared and ready to accomplish their mission," said Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford "Today, we honor these heroes as they prepare to deploy and promise to support them and their families throughout this deployment and when they return home. We are proud of these Soldiers and grateful for their selfless and courageous service to our state and nation."

    Members of the 191st Military Police Company will provide protective service detail and secure transportation to Resolute Support Headquarters staff while assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Afghanistan. The Soldiers hail from 20 communities across North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.

 


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

 

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