KHRT ND News – 01/13/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 011322 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – Another winter storm is set to impact North Dakota tonight through Friday. Forecasters at the National Weather Service have issued several winter advisories and warnings. Heavy snow for areas east of highway 83 this evening through Friday morning. Lighter snow and light freezing rain likely from northwest to south central North Dakota. Strong north winds develop Friday
morning. A narrow band of higher snow totals with up to 10-inches is possible from the Turtle Mountains into the James River Valley. Gusty north winds will lead to areas of blowing snow where fresh snow has fallen tonight through Friday.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of killing two co-workers at a Fargo plastics factory in November will undergo a mental health exam to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Cass County Judge Wade Webb signed a commitment order Wednesday so that Anthony Reese Jr. can be evaluated at the North Dakota State Hospital as requested by his attorneys. Radio station KFGO reports that the 35-year-old Moorhead, Minnesota, man is charged with three counts of murder for the Nov. 17 shooting deaths of 43-year-old Richard Pittman and Pittman’s pregnant girlfriend, 32-year-old April Carbone, at Melet Plastics, a Fargo manufacturer that is also known as Composite America. Reese remains in custody on a $2 million bond.
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GRAND FORKS, ND – A couple from Rugby was sent to the hospital after a single vehicle rollover crash. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 9 AM Wednesday on Highway 2 just east of Niagra. Troopers say the 74-year old male from Rugby who was driving lost control on frosty/icy roads. The vehicle slid into the ditch and overturned. The Patrol says the driver sustained serious injuries. An 89-year old woman from Rugby who was a passenger sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to the hospital in Grand Forks. The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden says the government plans to double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans. Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Biden says his administration will also make the most protective N95 masks available for no charge. He spoke an event aimed at highlighting the federal government’s efforts to “surge” COVID-19 testing and send personnel to help overwhelmed medical facilities. The effort comes amid the upswing in coronavirus cases and staff shortages due to the omicron variant. Starting next week, 1,000 military medical personnel will begin arriving to help mitigate staffing crunches at hospitals.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health officials say hospitalizations remain very high statewide-for all kinds of illnesses and injuries-with only 9.2% of all inpatient hospital beds and 4.6% of all ICU beds currently available on January 12. Burleigh, Stark, and Adams counties had no ICU beds available; Ward, Williams, Grand Forks, and Cass counties had only one ICU bed each available; Stutsman had three ICU beds available. Health officials ask at this critical time that you would please take precautions to stay out of the hospital, including being up to date on your immunizations and practicing injury prevention.
 
Health officials also say the 2021-2022 flu season in North Dakota has been particularly hard on kids, with 47.7% of all flu cases affecting kids age 0-19. So far 6,638 cases of flu have been reported in the state with 133 hospitalizations and eight deaths.
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 011322 – 0700
 
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a police investigator violated state law by confiscating a radio journalist’s cellphone without a valid warrant and has been forced to return the device. Tom Simon, who works for Williston Trending Topics News Radio Live and Coyote Radio 98.5, was asked to turn over his phone at a school board meeting Monday by Charissa Remus, an agent for the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Under North Dakota’s shield law, information obtained by a journalist cannot be seized without a hearing before a judge to determine if a search warrant is required. No such hearing took place.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – A man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl has been apprehended in Mexico 21 years after he fled following his arrest in Minnesota. Curtis Lee Brovold met the girl from Moorhead, Minnesota, online in 2000. Brovold was arrested later that year but failed to show up for a court hearing. Moorhead police detectives and FBI investigators from Fargo, North Dakota, determined that Brovold was living in Cancun. The 67-year-old Brovold was arrested without incident outside his home there on Wednesday afternoon. He will be returned to the United States and is expected to be transferred to the custody of Moorhead law enforcement.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A group that represents North Dakota’s Roman Catholic bishops is contacting parents of students at the University of North Dakota and asking that they urge administrators to reject the school’s proposed “gender inclusion” policy. The policy, which is still in draft form, would require the use of a transgender person’s preferred pronouns and the use of facilities that align with a person’s gender identity. The Catholic Conference, on behalf of Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck and Bishop John Folda of Fargo, sent a letter this week to parents. UND President Andrew Armacost says the policy is intended to protect transgender students.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – During National Radon Action Month in January, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality reminds residents that cold weather months are a great time to test their homes for radon, a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Radon-related illness claims more than 21,000 lives in the United States annually. In North Dakota, 63 percent of homes have an elevated radon level above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Action Level of 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA lists North Dakota as Zone 1, meaning it has the highest potential for elevated radon levels. Due to the prevalence of radon, the EPA and Environmental Quality encourage North Dakotans to test their homes for radon and remedy any problems.
 
“Radon is a cancer-causing, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste, found throughout the soil in North Dakota,” said Justin Otto, Radon Program Coordinator for Environmental Quality. Although radon harmlessly disperses in outdoor air at low levels, when trapped in buildings, it can be harmful, especially at high concentrations.
 
“Radon test kits are simple to use and come with easy-to-understand directions,” says Otto. Environmental Quality is giving away 700 free radon test kits to North Dakota residents. If you would like to receive a free radon test kit in the mail, please visit deq.nd.gov/wm/radon. Click on the button titled, “Click here for a free radon test kit.” Then fill in the required information and click on the “Request Radon Test Kit” button. Environmental Quality will mail requested test kits while supplies last. Test kits are also available at most local hardware stores, building supply stores and online.
 
“The good news is radon mitigation systems can manage high radon levels,” said Otto. By installing a mitigation system, homeowners can effectively lower the level of radon in their homes. These systems use many conventional building materials and require few specialized tools to install. These systems may be installed by a homeowner or a radon mitigation contractor. Once in place, a properly installed system will reduce radon gas and safely vent it to the outside.
 
 
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