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KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 09/01/17 - MORNING EDITION

President Donald Trump is planning a trip to North Dakota to talk about tax reform....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - President Donald Trump is planning a trip to North Dakota to talk about tax reform. Spokesmen for both the White House and North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven confirmed Thursday that Trump is planning to visit the Bismarck-Mandan area on Wednesday, but would not give any further details.
 
     Trump rolled to victory in North Dakota with nearly 63 percent of the vote, the largest margin of victory in a presidential race since Ronald Reagan in 1980. Trump also made a campaign stop in Bismarck.

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     BELCOURT, N.D. (AP) - Authorities had identified a man who died in a head-on collision near New Town. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Christian Wolf, of New Town, died Tuesday when his Chevrolet Spark crossed the center line of state Highway 23 and struck a Ford pickup driven by a 59-year-old Sheila Winkleman, of Seligman, Missouri. Wolf died at the scene. Winkleman was transported to a Minot hospital for medical treatment. Her condition is not known. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's attorney general says a financially troubled independent foundation of Dickinson State University is officially shut down.
 
     Wayne Stenehjem filed legal action last year in Stark County District Court seeking to dissolve the Dickinson State University Foundation. The attorney general's complaint came after a court-appointed receiver for the foundation issued a report calling for it to be dissolved because of financial issues. Stenehjem says a Stark County judge on Wednesday approved a settlement reached between the attorney general's office and the foundation's major creditors.
 
     Assets from the old foundation will be transferred to the newly established Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation. Stenehjem says the resolution of the issue and the transfer of assets will help "kick start the new foundation and help restore confidence of potential donors."

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota, which is setting up a system for the drug approved by voters last year.
 
     The response pleases state officials who were concerned about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing.
 
     Out-of-state companies "have got some experience, the knowledge, I assume the methodology down" on testing medical marijuana for contaminants including pesticides and molds and to ensure that levels of the intoxicant THC are accurately labeled, said Kenan Bullinger, director of the Health Department's medical marijuana division.
 
     The agency earlier this month sought non-binding letters of intent from laboratories so officials could gauge interest and ensure a lab would be available for testing once a system is established for making the drug legally available to qualified patients.
 
     Labs will be asked to submit formal applications later. An out-of-state company would have to set up an operation within North Dakota, since medical marijuana can't legally be moved across state lines, Bullinger said. The lab that ultimately is chosen must be authorized by an accreditation agency.
 
     The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act allows the use of medical marijuana for 17 medical conditions, along with terminal illnesses. Voters approved it last November and state lawmakers earlier this year crafted regulations that Gov. Doug Burgum approved in April.
 
     The Health Department is finishing administrative rules that will cover such things as lab testing, security requirements and transportation regulations. The work is taking longer than expected, though the agency still expects medical marijuana to be available sometime next summer.
 
     The Health Department will register two centers to make medical marijuana and eight more to dispense it. The agency earlier this summer received nearly 100 responses when it sought letters of intent from groups and businesses interested in producing or dispensing the drug.
 
     The formal application process will begin after the rule-making process wraps up following a public comment period, possibly sometime next month.
 
     "We're moving forward, probably methodically and slowly, but trying to do this as good as we can," Bullinger said. "We want a good process in place to select the best growers, dispensers and laboratory. I think we're on the right course."
 
     Activists in South Dakota are collecting signatures to put a proposed medical marijuana ballot measure to a vote next year.  Supporters have said they were buoyed by the North Dakota measure's overwhelming passage.   
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two North Dakota hunting seasons open today with the turn of the calendar. The deer archery season opens at noon and runs through next Jan. 7. Bowhunters are reminded to follow all regulations when using tree stands on public hunting areas, and to observe bans on hunting big game over bait.
 
     The dove season also opens today, and runs through Nov. 29. Hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program before hitting the field. The daily limit is 15 birds and the possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

 

 

   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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