KHRT ND News – 08/09/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 080921 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Dakota. The weekly report from the Department of Health for the period of July 31st – August 6th lists a 14-day positivity rate of 3.7%. There were 603 new positives from 14,528 tests processed. Cass County tallied 149 new positives, Burleigh added 108, and Ward County with 80.
Active cases rose by 252 to a total of 683, the most since the first week of May when there were 875. North Dakota had a low of 87 active cases for the week of June 26th – July 2nd.
Hospitalizations last week were up 7 to a total of 18. There were also 3 more deaths reported among those who tested positive. Adults fully vaccinated rose by 2,513 to 297,141 (49.4%). Those who have received at least one dose is at 315,947 (52.9%).
UNDATED (AP) – Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit today, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents must be both fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 within three days to get across one of the world’s longest and busiest land borders. Travelers also must fill out a detailed application on the arriveCAN app before crossing. Even though travelers have to register, the Canada Border Services Agency won’t say how many people they are expecting to enter Canada for the reopening. But travelers should plan for the possibility of additional processing time at the border.
The U.S.-Canada border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020 to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The U.S. has said it will extend its closure to all Canadians making nonessential trips until at least Aug. 21, which also applies to the Mexican border. But the Biden administration is beginning to make plans for a phased reopening. The main requirement would be that nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Around 15 cars of a BNSF coal train derailed south of Bismarck. Bismarck Police, the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department and Bismarck Fire Department were called out around 3:15 p.m. Sunday for the derailment near Hemlock Street. There were no reports of injuries. BNSF spokeswoman Amy Casas says railroad crews were at the scene Sunday evening and an investigation was underway.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Wildlife managers say predictions of a poor duck breeding season in North Dakota due to the drought have proven true, and hunters should expect challenging conditions this fall. The number of duck broods, or families, observed during the state Game and Fish Department’s annual mid-July survey was the lowest in nearly three decades. This year’s fall duck flight is expected to be down 36% from last year. Mike Szymanski, the agency’s migratory game bird management supervisor, tells the Bismarck Tribune that hunters should take advantage of early migrants like blue-winged teal during the first two weeks of the season, rather than the local duck population.
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 080921 – 0700
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot man has been sentenced to six years in prison and three years of probation for crashing his motorcycle while drunk, killing a passenger. Prosecutors say Harry Hughes’ blood alcohol content was 0.13% when he crashed the bike into a lighted railroad crossing arm that was in the downward position last April, killing 42-year-old Daylene Gladue. The 43-year-old Hughes earlier pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. According to statements made in court at Friday’s sentencing hearing, Hughes and Gladue had gone out drinking together that night prior to the accident. Neither was wearing a helmet and both struck their heads on the crossing arm.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Bismarck police say a male suspect who instigated a fight with officers suffered a medical emergency and later died. The incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a report of someone acting erratically and screaming outside of a residence. Officers found a person running from the area and attempting to jump a privacy fence into the neighboring property. Police say the person became aggressive and threatened to kill them, then advanced toward the officers and began fighting with them while they attempted to arrest him. Authorities say he then suffered a medical issue, Life saving efforts were performed by officers, fire and ambulance personnel on scene. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The pending sale of a coal-fueled power plant in North Dakota is now in the hands of state regulators, who need to sign off on several permits so that the incoming owners can operate it. Affiliates of Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp. seek to purchase from Great River Energy the Coal Creek Station plant and an associated transmission line that runs from the plant’s location in central North Dakota to Minnesota. Great River supplies electricity to 28 rural Minnesota cooperatives, serving about 1.7 million people. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the companies have applied for permit transfers from the North Dakota Public Service Commission related to the transmission line and a water pipeline.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Health Department continued its campaign to promote the safety and necessity of COVID-19 vaccinations, this time focusing on getting shots for children before school resumes this fall. The state health department’s website shows that 19.7% of adolescents in the 12-18 age group are considered fully vaccinated. Two Fargo doctors speaking at a virtual town hall emphasized the historical success of vaccines and encouraged parents to turn to their pediatricians or health care providers with any questions.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A complaint filed on behalf of a North Dakota agency challenges a new state law promoted by the energy industry on limiting the collection of oil and gas royalties. The measure that went into effect last week reduces the amount of interest the state can charge companies for unpaid oil and gas royalties, from 30% to 15%. In addition, the law that sailed through the Republican-dominated Legislature does not allow the state to collect unpaid royalties before August 2013. The brief filed Monday on behalf of the state land board argues the legislation violates the U.S. Constitution because it harms the obligation of previously agreed-upon contracts. State Land Commissioner Jodi Smith has said “hundreds of millions” of dollars are owed to the state.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Energy Transfer executives say more oil is being shipped through the Dakota Access Pipeline as its expansion becomes operational. The line can now transport 750,000 barrels of oil daily, which is 180,000 more than before. Energy Transfer is adding pump stations to boost the pipeline’s horsepower. Once the full expansion is fully operational, as much as 1.1 million barrels of oil will flow through the pipeline each day. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating the expansion in its ongoing environmental study of the line. Opponents of the line are upset that the expansion began before the study was finished.
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