KHRT ND News – 11/30/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 113021 – 1200
MINOT, ND – A New Town man is in jail following a collision with a train. Minot Police report that around 7:40 PM on Monday emergency personnel responded to the 1600 block of West Burdick for a vehicle crash involving a train. Officers say the vehicle was originally westbound on 11th Avenue southwest and proceeded across West Burdick striking the side of a train that was traveling through the area. After further investigation, the driver was identified as 62-year old Frank Reed, who was arrested for 3rd Offense DUI (Class A misdemeanor) and Driving Under Suspension (Class B Misdemeanor). Reed was also issued citations for Liability Insurance Required and Open Container in a Motor Vehicle. After being treated and released at Trinity Hospital for minor injuries, he was taken to Ward County Jail. Reed was the lone occupant in the vehicle.
FARGO, N.D. – A 73-year old woman is dead and a 72-year old man is in the hospital after a crash on I-29 at the 17th Avenue South overpass in Fargo. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 3 PM on Monday. Authorities say a 22-year old woman driving an SUV hit a stopped pickup pulling a flatbed trailer. The 73-year old woman, who was between the trailer and the pickup, was dead at the scene while the 72-year old man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers say they don’t know why the truck stopped and the man and woman were standing on the interstate. They say no other vehicles were stopped and there’s no indication of a road blockage. Southbound I-29 traffic was impacted for approximately 90 minutes, as only one southbound lane remained open to protect the safety of the first responders on scene. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to a Fargo elementary school has been suspended pending further investigation by district administrators and police. School administrators said the student told classmates about the weapon at Lincoln Elementary School Monday and the classmates notified a teacher who located the gun and secured it before turning it over to police. The school was locked down for a time. Authorities said the student did not make any threats, KFGO reported. The student was escorted to the school office and the child’s parents were contacted. School administrators are working with Fargo police investigators.
BISMARCK, N.D. – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has been chosen as president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization that represents state education interests and manages the national Teacher of the Year award. Baesler’s peers picked her as president-elect of the council’s board of directors during the organization’s annual policy forum earlier this month. She was first elected as one of the CCSSO’s nine directors in January 2019. Baesler will become the board’s president in November 2022, succeeding the current president, Molly Spearman, who is the South Carolina superintendent of education.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected as the future president of an organization with a distinguished tradition of advocating for state education issues,” Baesler said. “I hope to bring a rural, heartland perspective to the debates about education in our nation, with students and families at the center of the discussions.”
The CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides leadership, technical assistance, and advocacy on major educational issues. Its board is CCSSO’s governing body and manages its business affairs. The CCSSO oversees the national Teacher of the Year program, the nation’s most prestigious teacher recognition program, and many other programs that lift up the importance of K-12 education.
Baesler was first elected as North Dakota’s superintendent of public instruction in 2012. She has been re-elected twice. Before she became state school superintendent, Baesler had a 24-year career in Bismarck’s public school system as a vice principal, library media specialist, classroom teacher and instructional assistant. She served on the Mandan school board for nine years, including seven years as its president.
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KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 113021 – 0700
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor.
The preliminary injunction by St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp applies to a coalition of suing states that includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. All those states have either a Republican attorney general or governor. Similar lawsuits also are pending in other states. The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers nationwide in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers that get funding from the government health programs. Workers are to receive their first dose by Dec. 6 and their second shot by Jan. 4.
The court order against the health care vaccine mandate comes after Biden’s administration suffered a similar setback for a broader policy. A federal court previously placed a hold on a separate rule requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers get vaccinated or else wear masks and get tested weekly for the coronavirus. Biden’s administration contends federal rules supersede state policies prohibiting vaccine mandates and are essential to slowing the pandemic, which has killed more than 775,000 people in the U.S. About three-fifths of the U.S. population already is fully vaccinated. But the judge in the health care provider case wrote that federal officials likely overstepped their legal powers.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The number of people who have died in November after contracting the coronavirus is a sharp contrast to the same month last year, new data from health officials showed. The North Dakota Department of Health said Monday 85 people have died so far in November as a result of COVID-19, compared to 500 people who succumbed to virus complications in November 2020. The number of active cases peaked on Nov. 13, 2020 when 10,432 people were positive for the coronavirus. A total of 1,877 people have died of COVID-19 so far in North Dakota.
The health department reports 157,059 people have recovered after contracting COVID-19 in North Dakota, which has had 161,453 positive cases since testing began. The total number of North Dakotans with up-to-date vaccinations as of Nov. 28 stands at 366,710. A total of 13,500 people who were fully vaccinated later tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 548 people who were fully vaccinated and later tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A former University of North Dakota student is accused of stealing more than $330,000 in federal coronavirus relief money. Enroy Duncan allegedly devised a scheme to defraud the government by filing a false application for Paycheck Protection Program funds. He is charged with wire fraud. Court documents show that Duncan falsely stated that his company, called “Homeinhome Senior Care” had 17 employees and paid more than $1.6 million in wages, tips, and compensation. The indictment says Duncan’s Grand Forks apartment was listed as the company’s address, but no records of the business could be found at the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office or Job Service. KVRR-TV reports that Duncan is currently living in Florida, where he made his first court appearance on Nov. 18.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An agency key to implementing new in-state investment components of North Dakota’s $8.3 billion oil tax savings has a new leader. The State Investment Board named Retirement and Investment Office interim Executive Director Jan Murtha to take over the role on a permanent basis. The office oversees about $20 billion of assets. Murtha, who is an attorney, has led the agency in the interim role since June, when Dave Hunter resigned for a job in Alabama. Murtha was hired in 2020 and previously was the office’s deputy executive director and chief retirement officer.
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