KHRT ND News – 10/01/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 100121 – 1200
 
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health reports another 656 new cases of COVID-19 today. The daily positive rate is 8.02%. There are 699 new recoveries listed. Active cases are down by five to 4,334. Of those 1,173 are age 19 and under, 1,424 are age 20-39, 987 are age 40-59, and 750 are age 60+. Hospitalization rise by six to 161, with 21 of those in ICU. It’s the most hospitalizations since the middle of December. No deaths are reported today among those who are positive. Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 313 new positives (5257), 13 hospitalizations (243) and no deaths (34).
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BISMARCK, ND – Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our state and the staffing shortage in health care facilities, Dr. Wehbi, North Dakota State Health Officer, extended the waiver for temporary nurse aid registration in North Dakota. This waiver, which was set to expire on October 31, 2021, will be extended to December 31, 2021.
 
This waiver:
 
– Extends all registrations currently held by temporary nurse aides in North Dakota to December 31, 2021.
 
– Allows individuals seeking a temporary nurse aide registration to apply for registration after completing an 8-hour training course.
 
– Allows current temporary nurse aides to reapply for temporary nurse aide registration.
 
– Waives the $25 application fee for temporary nurse aides.
 
All temporary nurse aides must be registered with the Nurse Aide Registry. This process requires completing an 8-hour training course, applying for registration, and having the employing facility sign an attestation statement attesting to the competency of the temporary nurse aide. A waiver allowing temporary nurse aide registration will be in place until the federal government’s waiver of these requirements expire or December 31, 2022, whichever comes first.
 
Since March 2020, 667 individuals have utilized this program. Currently, there are 341 temporary nurse aides active on the North Dakota Nurse Aide Registry.
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BISMARCK, ND – Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways this time of year because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges. October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents. Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution after dark to reduce the likelihood of encounters with deer. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around.
 
Motorists should be aware of warning signs signaling deer are in the area. When you see one deer cross the road, look for a second or third deer to follow. Also, pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs.
 
A few precautions can minimize chances of injury or property damage in a deer-vehicle crash:
 
– Always wear your seat belt.
 
– Don’t swerve or take the ditch to avoid hitting a deer. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. Don’t lose control of your vehicle or slam into something else to miss the deer. You risk less injury by hitting the deer.
 
– If you spot deer ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
 
Deer-vehicle accidents are at times unavoidable. If an accident does happen, law enforcement authorities do not have to be notified if only the vehicle is damaged. However, if the accident involves personal injury or other property damage, then it must be reported. In addition, a permit is required before taking possession of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement.
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 100121 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday recommended legislators quickly spend most of the $1 billion of federal coronavirus aid the state received this year on infrastructure, economic development and other projects to avoid inflation and rising construction costs.
 
The second-term Republican governor, in an address at the state Capitol, also recommended using a portion of the state’s better-than-expected ending fund balance of $1.1 billion in the last two-year budget cycle to provide $207 million in income tax relief to residents and $100 million to bolster the state’s troubled pension fund, which is threatened to be exhausted in time if lawmakers do not take action.
Burgum, who dubbed his spending plan “Accelerate ND,” earlier asked state agencies for proposals as a way to set priorities for the federal coronavirus relief money. The proposals totaled nearly $5 billion.
 
Legislative leaders said they have been meeting for the past several weeks with the governor and agreed in principle to some of the themes in his spending blueprint. The Legislature, which controls spending on state government, will eventually decide where the money goes.
 
The Legislature is already set to reconvene Nov. 8 to finish work on legislative redistricting. However, lawmakers have just four days left that they can meet until 2023 under the North Dakota Constitution, leaving them little time to squeeze in anything besides redistricting. The Legislature already met 76 of the 80 days allotted under the constitution every two years. Burgum could call a special session, though, and that would give lawmakers as much time as they need to address the coronavirus funds. Burgum declined to say if he would do that.
 
Senate Appropriations Chairman Ray Holmberg, a Republican from Grand Forks, said lawmakers have yet to prioritize how the money would be spent, and would look closely Burgum’s blueprint. However, he does not think all of the federal money needs to be spent as quickly as possible. “There is something to be said about showing restraint and not spending every penny,” said Holmberg, the longtime chairman of the powerful committee.
 
A previous appropriation of $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus aid last year already has been spent or earmarked for spending. The more recent round of money must be assigned by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026, under federal rules. GOP House Majority Leader Chet Pollert said he believed there is some “commonality” between Burgum’s wishes and the Legislature on how the money should be spent, particularly on infrastructure projects. But, he said. “legislators are the appropriators and they want input.”
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Police have made an arrest in connection with a fire at an apartment complex in Bismarck Thursday. Firefighters responded to a fire at the three-story apartment building about 5 a.m. As tenants were being evacuated, the 33-year-old man who was later arrested was found on his balcony. As the fire was investigated, police say it was determined the man was allegedly boiling cooking oil. He told investigators he planned throw the oil on gang members who were trying to enter his apartment.
 
Officers had responded to the apartment building on Wednesday night on a call about three or four gang members who were trying to get in the man’s apartment. Police were unable to find any evidence that this occurred. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, which was contained to one apartment. The man is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center on a probable charge of endangerment by fire.
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MINOT, ND – Work will begin Monday on the mill and overlay phase of an ongoing project on Burdick Expressway east between South Broadway and the Burdick Viaduct. Traffic will remain head-to-head on the two south lanes of Burdick Expressway east while crews remove the top layer of asphalt on the two north lanes. Once the asphalt is removed, crews will fix areas in need of repair, and then install a new layer of asphalt. When the two north lanes are completed, the work will move to the two south lanes. There will be impacts to vehicle traffic attempting to cross north and south on that section of Burdick Expressway. Drivers should expect some delays during the milling and paving process, which will be taking place during the day and at night. The mill and overlay phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in approximately 10 working days.
 
In a related project, work to install new accessible pedestrian ramps will transition to the Burdick/Broadway intersection late this week, with traffic changes beginning as early as Friday. Crews will install eight new accessible pedestrian ramps at the four corners of the intersection and on the pedestrian islands. During the work, which will be done in three phases, the two outside lanes of Broadway will be closed to vehicle traffic in and around the intersection. Work in the intersection is expected to last approximately two weeks. Drivers are encouraged to be aware of changing traffic patterns in the construction zones, and to reduce speeds while in the zones to create a safe work environment for crews.
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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3. State Game & Fish officials say it is a great opportunity to introduce a new hunter to the outdoors with limited competition and hopefully milder weather. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents 15 and younger can hunt rooster pheasants statewide. An adult at least 18 must accompany the youth hunter in the field, but the adult may not carry a firearm.
 
Resident youth hunters must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident youth hunters must purchase a nonresident small game license. Hunters 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course or obtain an apprentice hunter validation, which allows an individual to hunt small game for one license year without completing hunter education.
 
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit and all other regulations for the regular pheasant season apply. And if you’re successful, visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Wild Game and Fish Recipes webpage at gf.nd.gov/recipes for ideas on taking your bounty from field to fork.
 
 
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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