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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 09/13/17 - NOON EDITION

North Korea has been flexing its nuclear muscle - and in response, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spotlighting the overwhelming numerical superiority of America's doomsday arsenal....

     MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) - North Korea has been flexing its nuclear muscle - and in response, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spotlighting the overwhelming numerical superiority of America's doomsday arsenal. Mattis is making a visit today to ground zero of American nuclear firepower: Minot Air Force, home to more than 100 land-based nuclear missiles as well as planes that can carry nuclear bombs. At Minot, he is also getting briefings at Strategic Command. The command's top officer would command nuclear forces in a war.
 
    Mattis says he's become convinced that the U.S. must keep all three parts of its nuclear force - rather than eliminate one of them, as he once suggested. That force consists of land-based missiles - known as intercontinental ballistic missiles - as well as missiles launched from submarines and from planes. Before Mattis became President Donald Trump's Pentagon chief in January, he'd suggested ICBMs might be expendable. But he says his view has changed.
 
     Mattis says the key to avoiding nuclear war is maintaining a nuclear arsenal sufficient to convince a potential enemy that attacking the United States with a nuclear weapon would be suicidal. He says he's has been persuaded that the current framework "is the right way to go."

     Mattis' trip today was already on his schedule even before the recent series of North Korean nuclear and missile tests.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota residents woke up to a smoky haze as wildfires continue to devastate parts of the western U.S. and Canada. The Bismarck National Weather Service reports that smoke concentration will hover for most of today reducing air quality and visibility. Meteorologist Patrick Ayd tells KQDJ noticeable relief will come with rain in the coming days.
 
     Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western forests and grassland. More than 47,000 wildfires have burned more than 8 million acres across the country, with much of the devastation in California, Oregon and Montana.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum is setting up a new task force aimed at improving North Dakota's public education system. Burgum says changes are needed in how the state's students are instructed to meet the needs of the 21st century economy and to include technological advances. The Innovative Education Task Force will identify new, creative teaching methods and make recommendations to the governor and Legislature.
 
     The Bismarck Tribune says it will have 11 to 15 people, including educators, those involved in youth development and business and community leaders. The group will meet over the next 15 months.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State University has taken a step toward dealing with a shortage of on-campus housing. Ground has been broken on a $39.5 million residence hall. It's the first new dorm built at the university since 2008. KFGO says the six-story, 440-bed dorm should be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2019. University President Dean Bresciani says the structure will be paid back with student housing funds over the next 30 years.

 


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