KHRT ND News – 08/26/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 082621 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Four people escaped from an SUV that plunged into the Missouri River in Bismarck. Police say the driver, one of the four occupants, has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. Officers responded to the river shortly before 2 AM Wednesday and found the four in a parking lot and the SUV floating down the river.
 
Authorities say the 21-year-old driver from Interior, South Dakota, apparently confused drive for reverse and accelerated over an embankment and landed in the river. All three passengers and the driver managed to escape through an open passenger window. The driver and one passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver was then taken to the Burleigh Morton County Detention Center and later released. Police say the SUV was removed from the river with the help of the Burleigh County Dive Rescue and Recovery Team and a local towing company.
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DENVER – FEMA has provided more than $4.3 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of almost $116.2 million for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date. The $4.3 million was received by North Dakota Department of Health to surge staff and expand testing and vaccination capabilities and purchase, store and transport COVID-19 vaccines and testing supplies. This funding covers work between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health reports active cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 2,000. There are 363 new positives today from 7,118 tests processed. The daily positive rate is 5.51%. Active cases rise by 163 to 2,006. Those hospitalized with COVID-19 is at 62 today, up 7 from yesterday.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot Sanitation Department has scheduled their Fall Clean Up Week for September 20th – 24th. The City Sanitation Department divides the city into four sections during the week and focuses on picking up collected garbage curbside. The Minot Landfill will also accept waste at no charge for City of Minot garbage collection customers during the clean-up week. Participants must bring a copy of their water bill.
 
The City of Minot will also sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the City of Minot Public Works building from 8 AM to 5 PM on September 24th & 25th. All household hazardous waste not normally picked up by the sanitation crews may be brought to this program free of charge for City of Minot Sanitation customers. E-waste will also be accepted at this time. (TVs, computers, printers, tablets, etc.)
 
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 082621 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakotans are sharing personal experiences and painful stories of loss due to COVID-19, as part of a public education campaign aimed in part at boosting dismal vaccinations in the state. The North Dakota Health Dakota Department’s “COVID-19 Impact Wall” was launched Wednesday and will feature videos and short stories from North Dakotans impacted by the coronavirus. The website also serves as a memorial for those who have died due to the virus. The campaign’s rollout comes as COVID-19 cases in the state surged to the highest level of the year.
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BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health will host a live Town Hall event today at 11:30 a.m. CT to announce an update to the NDDoH Coronavirus Cases Dashboard regarding breakthrough and reinfection data. Dr. Paul Carson, infectious disease specialist and professor of public health at North Dakota State University, will also participate in the event to discuss COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness. Members of the public can view the Town Hall event live today at health.nd.gov/covidtownhall and submit questions to the panel using the “Q&A” feature on Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is not required to attend.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota agency is moving its headquarters to a building that has sat largely vacant after another agency allowed its more than 400 employees to work from home. The Department of Environmental Quality is moving about 140 of its employees from an office building near the state Capitol to the North Dakota Information Technology Department’s leased space in north Bismarck. The building is the largest and most expensive leased office space in the state. It costs $3 million to rent for two years. The environmental agency is leasing some space for $960,000 over the next two years.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court is ruling that the federal government must provide better health care for the Rosebud
Sioux Tribe. The Argus Leader reports that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Wednesday to uphold a 2020 South Dakota District Court decision. The tribe sued in 2016 in the wake of problems at the Indian Health Service hospital on its reservation. The emergency room had to close and patients were diverted to hospitals 50 miles away. The hospital’s operating hours were cut and other services like surgeries were diverted. The tribe argued an 1868 treaty requires the U.S. government to provide physician-led health care.
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BISMARCK, ND – Game & Fish officials remind hunters that North Dakota’s deer bow season opens Friday, Sept. 3 at noon and continues through Jan. 2, 2022. Bowhunters can buy a license online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or at vendors linked to the department’s online licensing system. Hunters should plan accordingly and allow for time to receive their tag in the mail, as this year the tag will arrive by postal mail and not over the counter while the customer waits. This applies while purchasing a bow license at a license vendor, or at the Game and Fish Department’s main office in Bismarck. All archery hunters must have a bow tag in possession before hunting.
 
 
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