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BISMARCK -- North Dakota State University faces the possibility of cumulative cuts totaling 26.55 percent if all proposed budget trimming measures are adopted for the 2017-19 budget now being shaped. NDSU President Dean Bresciani warmed legislators Wednesday, Jan. 18, that deep cuts under consideration because of the state’s budget crisis could force staff cuts that would fall heavily on faculty and teaching support staff. Personnel costs account for three-quarters of NDSU’s budget, he said.
BISMARCK -- One of a pair of bills North Dakota lawmakers have drafted in response to the ongoing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline would help prevent lawsuits and criminal charges against pedestrians who are blocking traffic on a public road.
FARGO—Paul Laney's phone rang on a Saturday while he was relaxing as he watched televised coverage of the summer Olympics. Little did the Cass County sheriff know that his professional life was about to be upended. The call was from a fellow sheriff asking for help in dealing with the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Morton County, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
FARGO—Nursing home residents could be forced to pay hundreds of dollars more per month under a legislative proposal to charge a new fee to cover state budget cuts. North Dakota nursing homes back the proposed fee on the care they provide as a "last resort" in the event funding is not restored from budget cuts that administrators say would otherwise force facilities to cut staff.
FARGO—North Dakota legislators are mulling granting law enforcement officers a tuition waiver to help them earn a college degree, an effort to recruit and retain officers. As introduced, Senate Bill 2054 would provide full tuition and fee support for full-time law enforcement officers to help them earn an associate or bachelor's degree at a North Dakota public college or university, provided they meet certain requirements.
FARGO—Leaders at North Dakota State University and other public campuses are preparing to testify in support of a recommendation to trim the higher education budget 15 percent—a stance that recognizes that even deeper cuts likely are coming. In his proposed budget for 2017-19, former Gov. Jack Dalrymple recommended that higher education spending be cut 15 percent. To soften the blow, the governor suggested campuses could increase tuition 2.5 percent each of the two years of the biennium.
FARGO—North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana, and lawmakers are grappling with launching the program. But patients are about to learn that legalization does not mean insurance will cover the cost. Major health insurers in North Dakota have said they will not provide coverage for medical marijuana, which voters approved in the November election by a margin of almost 64 percent, citing what they say is inadequate evidence of its effectiveness.
FARGO—Sanford Health physicians are conducting a research trial that will use a patient's stem cells derived from fat tissue to repair a common shoulder injury as an alternative to surgery. The clinical trial, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is the first stem cell trial involving fat-derived stem cells, according to Dr. Mark Lundeen, a Sanford orthopedic surgeon and one of the co-principal investigators in the study.
FARGO—North Dakota State University was recently awarded $200,000 to help upperclassmen at risk of not completing their studies overcome obstacles and enable them to graduate. The grant is targeted toward students in three high-demand majors—human development or family science, business administration or accounting, and computer science or management information systems.
FARGO—Brooke Feltman has done well in her nursing studies by taking advantage of the spectrum of support services available to students who want some help. She hasn't been bashful about seeking out her professors or teaching assistants for extra help to make sure she mastered the course material. The nursing program at North Dakota State University is competitive, she said, and she wanted to improve her chances of acceptance and success.