KHRT ND News – 03/10/22

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 031022 – 1200
 
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot man has pleaded guilty to criminal charges resulting from the overdose death of a 16-year-old girl. 33-year old Mark Rodgers Jr. entered pleas Wednesday to felony murder of a minor, tampering with evidence, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and maintaining a premises for drug use. Rodgers is accused of injecting the girl with a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl on Dec. 14, 2020 at a Minot hotel. A prosecutor says Rodgers frantically called friends and acquaintances and asked them to bring Narcan to the hotel to reverse the overdose, but that he did not call 911 and told friends not to call authorities.
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MINTO, N.D. (AP) – The remains found in a burned vehicle in a Walsh County field last month have been identified as a Minto woman. The North Dakota State Crime lab analyzed DNA to make positive identification of 63-year-old Bonita Dolney. The Walsh County Sheriff’s Office says blizzard conditions were a factor in Dolney’s death. Her remains were found Feb. 18 north of Minto. While snowmobilers found the burned vehicle, heavy equipment had to be used to clear a path because of the inclement weather. The investigation into the woman’s death continues.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota’s coronavirus approach is being shifted from pandemic to an “endemic” phase. The move comes two years after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. The virus has been ebbing in the state for weeks. The shift will mean fewer updates from health officials and support from the National Guard in the state’s coronavirus response will stop. Diseases are endemic when they occur regularly in certain areas according to established patterns, while a pandemic refers to a global outbreak that causes unpredictable waves of illness. Since the state’s first coronavirus case was reported, more than 2,200 people in North Dakota have died from it.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Unless near-record oil prices dramatically tank, North Dakota’s treasury may start reaping the benefits of a tax increase on drillers that would substantially bump state tax collections. Officials say the price-triggered tax increase would swell state tax collections by $372 million to $4.09 billion for the 2021-23 budget cycle. Lawmakers in 2015 passed a measure that abolished some price-based incentives for the oil industry in exchange for a lower oil tax rate. But the bill also raised the total oil tax if oil prices rise to $90 a barrel for three consecutive months. WTI crude was fetching about $116 a barrel Wednesday.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Traffic fatalities in North Dakota reached triple figures for the third straight year. The state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that 101 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021, following back-to-back years of 100 fatalities. Of those who died last year, 43 were not wearing seat belts. Alcohol was involved in 31 fatalities and excessive speed was a factor in 27 deaths. Eight motorcyclists and nine pedestrians were killed in 2021. Traffic fatalities in 2022 are trending lower than 2021 with 11 deaths since the start of the year. There were 14 fatalities for the same time period in 2021.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Presidential Search Committee has advanced three finalists for consideration as the next president of NDSCS. The finalists are:
 
Rod Flanigan, Ph.D.
Dean of Business and Technology (B & T) at Cochise College in Arizona
 

Jeanine Gangeness, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Winona State University (WSU)-Rochester campus

Carmen Simone, Ph.D.
most recently served as President of Western Nebraska Community College

The State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) will interview these candidates on Thursday, March 31, 2022, on the NDSCS campus before selecting the next president of the institution. It is anticipated that the new NDSCS president will assume office no later than July 1, taking over for Dr. John Richman who announced his retirement in December.

 
 
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