KHRT ND News – 09/18/21

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 091821 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota will help settle dozens of Afghan refugees who will begin arriving later this month. The state Department of Human Services said Friday it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that North Dakota will receive 49 evacuees through the federal Afghan Placement and Assistance program. The 49 Afghans are part of the 37,000 evacuees who will be resettled in 200 communities in the U.S. through the placement program. The majority of the 49 Afghans are expected to settle in Fargo. Eight military bases in the U.S. have been temporarily housing the refugees who fled after the Taliban toppled Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government on Aug. 15.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota district judge has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge after allegedly crashing into two parked cars in downtown Fargo. An attorney for Southeast Judicial District Judge Cherie Clark entered a guilty plea on her behalf to a misdemeanor DUI charge in Fargo Municipal Court. Clark did not appear in court. The judge was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence, $650 fine and ordered to under to complete a chemical dependency evaluation. In a statement, Clark apologized to voters, family members and her colleagues.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – The Grand Forks Air Force Base has been selected for a military satellite mission. North Dakota Republican Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer said the base will be home to a Space Networking Center, which is part of the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency’s new low-Earth orbit mission. NASA defines low-Earth orbit as having an altitude of 1,200 miles or less. Hoeven says the mission serves as the backbone for all U.S. military communications. Hoeven’s office says a military installation in Alabama also was selected as a center for the mission.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A map for new North Dakota legislative districts is slowly taking shape. Among the proposals so far are those that create a new district in the Fargo area and a pair in the oil-producing region in the western part of the state. The Republican-led redistricting committee held its fourth meeting on Thursday. It’s focused on keeping 47 districts, instead of changing size of the Legislature. The addition of the three new districts means three rural districts somewhere will have to be eliminated. The committee expects a draft statewide plan to be completed next week for public review.
BISMARCK, ND – The weekly COVID-19 report from the North Dakota Department of Health for the period of September 11-17 includes 3,273 new positives from 53,739 tests processed. The 14-day rolling positivity rate is 6.3%. Active cases are up 393 over the week to 3,486. Hospitalization are down by 3 to 111. There were 14 deaths over the week among those who were positive.
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