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The best we can hope for in this life is a knothole peek at the shining realities ahead. Yet a glimpse is enough. It's enough to convince our hearts that whatever sufferings and sorrows currently assail us aren't worthy of comparison to that which waits over the horizon.

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KHRT ND News - Thursday - 09/12/19 - Noon Edition

A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe's petition for status as an intervenor Thursday in the case before the Public Service Commission. Dawson's order says there was no opposition to the petition.
 
     Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily. The pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017. A hearing is set for November 13th in Linton on the proposed expansion.
 
     Standing Rock attorney Timothy Purdon has said intervenor status would allow the tribe to cross-examine the company and call witnesses.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - Individuals who have cared for loved ones with declining abilities or disabilities often are so focused on the needs of their loved ones, they neglect their own needs. AARP and the North Dakota Department of Human Services are co-hosting a coalition meeting in Fargo today to focus on connecting more family caregivers to services and support.

    "We know that older adults and people with disabilities want to remain living in their homes and communities," said the department's Aging Services Division Director Nancy Nikolas Maier. "By supporting families and especially caregivers, individuals receiving care are more likely to be able to delay or avoid moving into a nursing facility or other institution."

    In North Dakota, an estimated 64,400 informal caregivers help loved ones of all ages with chores, transportation, food preparation, bathing, medication and other care needs. Maier said individuals and caregivers are often unaware of available support services, including respite services, which offer a short-term break from caregiving responsibilities.

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    HEBRON, N.D. (AP) - A Dickinson man is being held on possible reckless endangerment and drug charges after leading law enforcement officers on an interstate chase in Morton County.
 
     Authorities say speeds exceeded 100 mph as the fleeing driver zigzagged in and out of traffic on Interstate 94 near Hebron Monday. The chase started after a sheriff's deputy tried to stop the speeding vehicle.
 
     Deputies and Highway Patrol officers eventually stopped the suspect by laying down tire-deflating spike strips. Authorities say they found marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The 24-year-old driver is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center on $5,000 cash bail. The Bismarck Tribune says a passenger in the car was arrested on Burleigh County warrants.

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      HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Attorneys for some 2,000 local governments say they have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis. Attorney Paul Farrell said in a text message Wednesday that they have agreed to a deal that has been on the table for several weeks.

    Sources with direct knowledge of the talks say that Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue will pay up to $12 billion over time and that the Sackler family, which owns the company, will give up control. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

    The offer is the same as one publicly reported several weeks ago. It was not clear whether the announcement signaled the end of the fraught negotiations to reach a nationwide settlement with Purdue or moved the talks into a new phase. One of the sources speaking on condition of anonymity said more than 20 states also had agreed to the tentative settlement. But many state attorneys general say they remained opposed, and more than 20 have sued the Sacklers separately in state court.

    North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem declined to comment extensively on news of a tentative settlement but said Wednesday that the state is still pursuing a lawsuit against the company, which it blames for opioid abuse problems.

 

 

   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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