KHRT ND News – 08/30/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 083021 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A new quarterly report from North Dakota State University says the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has slowed a bit. The outlook predicts declines in the gross state product which is the measurement of the state’s output, labor force participation and total wages and salaries.
 
“The overall economic outlook for the state had been improving amidst the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the most recent data shows a state economy that is at risk of declining economic growth and a shrinking labor force,” said NDSU economics professor Jeremy Jackson. He is the director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise.
 
Total wages and salaries are expected to hold steady with a slight decline in the third quarter of this year, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The labor force is predicted to decline in the third quarter with that trend continuing into next year. The unemployment rate is projected to have a slight increase in the third quarter and then return to its declining trend.
 
North Dakota’s gross state product grew 1.8% in the first quarter of 2021, up from 1.3% in the previous quarter, but gross state product is forecast to decline heading into 2022. Despite the forecast decline, the model predicts relative stability in total tax collections.
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BISMARCK, ND – Health officials are warning of a salmonella outbreak. Due to a salmonella outbreak in 17 states, it is advised that you do not eat, sell, or serve Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged uncured antipasto trays-sold nationwide-with “best by” dates on or before February 11, 2022.
 
The CDC is advising you throw these items away, even if some of them were eaten and no one got sick. If you don’t know the brand of prepackaged Italian-style meats you have at home, don’t eat them and throw them away. Wash items, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the products using hot soapy water or a dishwasher. Call your healthcare provider if you have any severe Salmonella symptoms.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 are up by 41 since Friday to a total of 2,083. As is normal for the weekend, just 991 tests were processed in the last day with 144 positives. The daily positive rate is 14.69%. The number hospitalized with COVID-19 is up by 15 since Friday to 77, and 11 of those were in ICU. Breakthrough numbers from the Health Department, or those who have been fully vaccinated and then contract the virus, include 370 cases since Friday. Breakthrough hospitalizations are up 11 and there was one breakthrough death over the weekend.
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 083021 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, ND – The crash of an off-road vehicle led to the death of a St. John woman. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 6:15 PM on Saturday about six miles northwest of Dunseith. The Patrol says the 21-year old driver was on a road largely overgrown with grass when she lost controll and the vehicle overturned. Both the driver and a 23-year old woman from Belcourt who was a passenger, were ejected. The driver died at the scene, while the passenger was transported to the Belcourt Hospital with serious injuries. Troopers say neither woman was using a seatbelt or wearing a helmet. The crash remains under investigation.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by the state of Missouri seeking to stop a project that would supply Missouri River water to central North Dakota. The ruling will enable the federal Bureau of Reclamation to move ahead with a water service contract for the Central North Dakota Water Supply Project. The Missouri suit alleged violations of federal policy, including failure by project developers to properly study the project’s environmental impacts and its alternatives. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled against Missouri on all counts Wednesday.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – States have begun to ramp up the amount of rental assistance reaching tenants but there are still millions of families facing eviction who haven’t gotten help. The Treasury Department says just $5.1 billion of the estimated $46.5 billion in federal rental assistance, or only 11%, has been distributed by states and localities through July. Several states, including Virginia and Texas, have been praised for moving quickly to get the federal money out. But there are still plenty of states, from South Carolina to Arizona, who have distributed very little. The concerns about the slow pace intensified Thursday, after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary eviction ban put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota wildlife officials say a disease in white-tailed deer that last year prompted refunds to thousands of hunters is once again showing up in some areas of the state. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is commonly known as EHD. It is a viral disease transmitted by biting gnats. Officials say the hardest-hit area appears to be within a 20-mile radius of the Bismarck-Mandan area with localized outbreaks elsewhere. Last year the state offered license refunds to more than 9,000 deer hunters. Officials monitored the outbreak for about two weeks before deciding on the refunds. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a similar scenario is setting up for this year.
 
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