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God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us.

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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 10/18/17 - MORNING EDITION

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says he will deny any additional rate increases to individual health insurance premiums under the Obama health care law....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says he will deny any additional rate increases to individual health insurance premiums under the Obama health care law.

    Godfread said last week that President Donald Trump's plan to halt payments to insurers under the law could potentially raise health insurance costs as much as an additional 10 percent for up to 42,000 North Dakotans. He said Tuesday he won't allow that. He said the issue is between insurance carriers and the federal government, and it's his duty to look out for consumers.

    Medica says Godfread's move cements its decision to withdraw its individual health plans from the federal marketplace in North Dakota. Blue Cross Blue Shield says it will stay in the federal marketplace, and absorb the loss of the federal payments.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota judge has taken the unusual step of allowing four protesters to use a "necessity defense," enabling them to present evidence that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude justified their attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy pipelines last year.

    Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein acknowledge they turned the shut-off valves on two pipelines in Minnesota as part of a coordinated action against five pipelines in northern states. A total of 11 activists were charged.

    Johnston and Klapstein, of the Seattle area, say that as far as their team knows, this is the first time a judge has allowed a full necessity defense on a climate change issue. They're due to go on trial Dec. 11. Two co-defendants who filmed them will stand trial later.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted on charges that they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States and flowed, in part, through North Dakota. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments Tuesday, saying the pair ran one of the world's most prolific drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied a petition by some district court judges who argued out-of-state lawyers were no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters. Judges from the state's South Central District have said the lawyers were no longer justified because no new cases have been filed. South Central District Presiding Judge Gail Hagerty declined to comment on the justices' decision.
     
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Hundreds of Upper Midwest farmers are reporting damage from the controversial herbicide dicamba. The agriculture departments in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota this fall all asked farmers to respond to surveys so they could gauge the amount of damage in their states. More than 200 farmers in each state indicated damage. State officials are considering restrictions for the 2018 growing season that might surpass even new federal rules.
 


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