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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 01/17/17 - NOON EDITION

A new legislative proposal in North Dakota is aimed at parents with children in day care.....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A new legislative proposal in North Dakota is aimed at parents with children in day care. Rep. Pamela Anderson says businesses that pay corporate income taxes would get credit for reimbursing employees for their child care costs. Anderson says the bill helps businesses who help employees. She says child care is such a big workforce issue.
 
     KXMB-TV says the North Dakota Agency of Economics and chamber of commerce representatives have spoken in favor of the bill. But, opponents say that if businesses start reimbursing for child care, could health care be next?

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - For the fourth time in eight years, the North Dakota Legislature will consider legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bipartisan legislation introduced this session would add sexual orientation to the list of classes of individuals who are specifically protected against discrimination. Similar legislation failed during the 2009, 2013 and 2015 sessions.
 
     Opponents have said it's unnecessary, and argued it could force businesses and religious organizations to go against their own convictions. Backers say many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people fear they could lose their jobs or residences under current state law.
 
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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A former employee accused of embezzling more than $2.8 million over nearly a decade from a Williston heavy equipment company is being sentenced this week in federal court.
 
     The Williston Herald reports 44-year-old Daphney Harstad is charged with wire fraud for allegedly dipping into funds while working as an office manager and bookkeeper for Borsheim Crane. Authorities say Harstad used the money to buy luxury jewelry and other merchandise from companies, including Louis Vuitton and Tiffany and Co.
 
     Court documents say Harstad allegedly used fraudulent checks from the company to pay for merchandise she ordered online. Harstad pleaded guilty in the fall and faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says North Dakota educators have come up with a better way of judging the state's education quality. Baesler is asking for public comment about the plan. It was written by a group of more than 50 North Dakota educators.

    The committee has been working on the plan for more than eight months and Baesler says there is still a lot left to do. The plan is being drafted because of a new federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Baesler says the law gives states more flexibility in education policy. She says the previous law relied too much on testing to measure the success of schools and students. Baesler says the new law allows many ways to measure progress.

    The plan is posted on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction's website. The site has a form and an email address to use for public comment.


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

 

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