KHRT ND News – 10/21/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 102121 – 1200
BISMARCK, ND – Forecasters with the National Weather service say two rounds of beneficial rain have led to widespread improvement in drought conditions. For the first time since May 11th North Dakota no longer has any exceptional drought (D4), as reported in the newest U.S. Drought Monitor. Much of the northwest corner of the state is still under extreme drought (D3). Most of the state is listed as severe drought (D2) or moderate drought (D1). A portion of south central into southeastern North Dakota is no longer in drought.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Two men have been arrested after a high speed chase that began in Minnesota and ended with a crash in North Dakota. Sheriff’s officials say a vehicle was traveling at nearly 100 mph in Clay County, Minnesota Wednesday afternoon. According to authorities, the driver stopped and he and a passenger switched seats before the vehicle took off again. Later the passenger got out and the driver sped away. The passenger was arrested and the driver who took off was taken into custody after crashing the vehicle north of West Fargo. He was taken to the hospital and arrested.
FARGO, ND – In an effort to save lives, law enforcement agencies across the state worked overtime in September for the statewide distracted driving enforcement campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay. A total of 284 citations were attributed to the added patrols. Of the total citations, 165 were issued for distracted driving, 24 for other traffic citations (i.e. disobeying traffic signals, equipment violations), 47 citations for speeding, 20 citations for suspended/revoked license, 10 citations for being an uninsured motorist, four drug-related arrests and two citations for not wearing a seat belt.
Although distracted driving takes on many forms, texting is one of the most common. Texting while driving is a behavior so dangerous that drivers are 23 times more at risk of a crash or near-crash event. Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers in North Dakota.
Officials say every driver and vehicle occupant in North Dakota can help meet the state’s Vision Zero goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads by taking personal responsibility when driving. This means wearing a seat belt at all times, transporting children in child passenger safety seats appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight, driving distraction-free, driving sober (i.e. not under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs) and obeying all posted speed limits. High visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to reach the zero goal.
BISMARCK, ND – Today’s COVID-19 information from the North Dakota Department of Health lists a daily positive rate of 5.89%. There are 543 new positives today with 481 new recoveries. Active cases rise by 95 to 3565. Hospitalizations drop by 10 to 189, with 18 of those in ICU. There are five more deaths among those who were positive (1703). October has been the deadliest month of 2021 with 77 COVID positive deaths, and ten days remaining in the month.
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 102121 – 0700
BISMARCK, ND – The Bismarck Police Department is searching for a juvenile runaway. 15-year old Lee Wilson is described as a Native American boy who is 5’5″ tall, 120 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. Police say Wilson was last seen in Bismarck last Thursday, Oct. 14th. He may be in the Fargo area. Officers do not know the clothing he was wearing or who he may be with. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bismarck Police Department at 701-223-1212 or your local law agency.


BISMARCK, N.D, (AP) – North Dakota will be allowed to continue to pursue reimbursement from the federal government of millions of dollars they spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Federal Judge Daniel Traynor on Tuesday denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss North Dakota’s attempt recover more than $38 million from the pipeline protests five years ago. The judge ruled the state’s claim of damages is permissible. ├íThe state filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2019, arguing the Corps allowed protesters to illegally camp without a permit. The Corps said protesters weren’t evicted due to free speech reasons.

BISMARCK, N.D. – A scholarship is now available for higher education students who have taken a qualifying dual-credit course from an NDUS institution while enrolled in a North Dakota high school. To qualify, students must meet the eligibility criteria, complete an application with the NDUS, and provide all supporting documentation.
Lisa Johnson, NDUS vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, said the scholarship provides a great financial incentive for college students who have already completed dual credit in high school. “We are grateful for the support of the ND legislature to provide financial assistance to reward ND students who have taken dual credit educational opportunities during their high school career,” Johnson said. “Dual credit plays an important role in helping the state meet educational attainment goals and particularly helps those students who choose to pursue a college degree among their choices of college, career, or military preparation.”
The NDUS will award the Dual-Credit Tuition Scholarship throughout the academic year. Scholarship award amounts may be up to $750. The maximum payment will be no more than 50% of the cost of the dual-credit courses, and will be limited to the cost of tuition and fees for the semester, quarter or term the scholarship applies. This scholarship may be used for post-secondary enrollment at any ND state public, private, tribal or proprietary institution. Payments will generally be issued to the student’s institution the following semester, quarter, or term enrolled after application.
This fall, approximately 4,000 students were enrolled in a dual credit course, which can aid in the overall cost of attaining a higher education degree after high school, Johnson said.
More information about the scholarship application for dual credit can be found at the North Dakota University System website.
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