MINOT, ND - The Minot Air Force Base is preparing for a prominent visitor. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is schedule to visit the base tomorrow. James was sworn in as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force on Dec. 20, 2013.
She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion. James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector.
The Air Force has been rocked recently with charges of cheating and drugs among the ranks. Last week the Air Force said 34 nuclear missile launch officers had been implicated in a cheating scandal and were stripped of their certification in what is believed to be the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force. The cheating was discovered during a drug investigation that involves 11 Air Force officers across six bases in the U.S. and England. It's the latest controversy involving the service members who maintain and operate the nation's 450 nuclear missiles.
MINOT, ND - A Minot police offer was assaulted while making an arrest early Sunday morning. Officers say they responded to the 300 block of 27th AVE NW for a report of a possible intoxicated driver who had been driving the wrong way. Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect vehicle stopped in a parking lot with 2 occupants. Officers approached the vehicle and identified the individual in the driver's seat as 25-year old Megan Davis of Minot.
After an investigation, officers placed Davis under arrest for actual physical control. Officers began to escort Davis to a patrol vehicle when she began actively resisting arrest. Davis then proceeded to kick officers several times in the chest, legs and arms while continuously making threats to harm them. Davis was also charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test, resisting arrest and 2 counts of assault on a Peace Officer. She was booked into Ward County Jail.
BISMARCK, N.D. - The N.D. Department of Human Services is seeking public comment on draft amendments to the Autism Spectrum Disorder/Home and Community-Based Services waiver application. The waiver serves children, ages birth through seven, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and includes an array of home and community-based services.
The draft amendments contain various changes that were authorized by the 2013 Legislature. These changes include providing additional behavioral supports and autism-specific services, increasing capacity to serve more children and their families, and other enhancements designed to better meet the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families living in North Dakota.
The draft Autism Spectrum Disorder/Home and Community-Based Services waiver application is on the department's website at www.nd.gov/dhs/autism/index.html.
Individuals wishing to comment should contact Trisha Page at tpagend.gov or by calling 701-328-8920, toll free 800-755-2719, or ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888. Comments can also be sent to the Autism Services Unit, N.D. Department of Human Services, Attn: Trisha Page, 1237 W. Divide Ave., Suite 1C, Bismarck, ND 58501.
Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014. Following the 30-day comment period and tribal notification process, the department will submit the amended waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for federal review and approval. The amended waiver is expected to be implemented in June 2014.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Cenex®, the CHS energy brand, has announced that it will continue the far-reaching Tanks of Thanks® program for a third year. Since its launch in 2012, the program has collected and shared more than 10,000 inspiring stories of people who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.
To date, CHS and the Cenex Tanks of Thanks program have awarded more than $280,000 in free fuel. That is enough free fuel to travel around the world nearly 90 times.
Since the program began, thousands of people have visited tanksofthanks.com to share stories of kindhearted individuals who help others in their in communities by contributing to large projects, like organizing entire food shelves, as well as smaller acts, such as shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor. No matter how big or small, Cenex retailers realizes these good deeds certainly do not go unnoticed, although they are not always recognized.
That's why CHS created the Cenex Tanks of Thanks program, to recognize people who go out of their way to make their communities great place to live. The program collects and shares nominations online at tanksofthanks.com and rewards 100 random nominees each month with a $50 gift card redeemable at any Cenex location. At a local level, Cenex retailers also award Tanks of Thanks gifts to people they see making a difference in their hometowns. In total, CHS and Cenex retailers give more than $5,000 in free fuel each month to deserving people across the country.
"Each $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card is a simple token of appreciation for the people who make our communities just a little bit better. But the really special part of the program is the "pay-it-forward" effect," says Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fuels brand marketing manager. "After receiving a Tanks of Thanks gift card, many people tell us that they feel inspired to share the stories of others who also deserve recognition. If each Tanks of Thanks nominee pays it forward, think of the positive influence that can have on every community."
CHS and Cenex retailers are encouraging customers and community members to nominate friends, family and neighbors for the Tanks of Thanks program and a chance to receive free fuel in 2014.
"We hope the Tanks of Thanks program can inspire people to take a moment each day and notice the good deeds happening all around us," says Hussain. "Everyone knows of at least one person in their life who deserves a thank you, and Tanks of Thanks is an easy way to show your appreciation."
To nominate someone for Tanks of Thanks, visit tanksofthanks.com and share his or her story of helping others. You can also read stories of those who are giving back and making a difference. There is no limit to the number of people you can nominate, and anyone can be nominated for any act of kindness Â big or small.
(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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