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GRAND FORKS — Two years after a major breach in the cybersecurity of the presidential election, North Dakota — one of 21 states Russians targeted in 2016 — says it’s doing just fine. State Director of Elections John Arnold said it’s partially because the state doesn’t have voter registration that election data is so secure.
GRAND FORKS — Canada is set to legalize recreational marijuana this month, but officials on both sides of the border are launching a campaign to remind travelers cannabis is still not legal while crossing the Northern border.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Although North American leaders have announced they reached a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, North Dakota industries say there's still much the pact has left to address. The new deal, referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, will directly benefit U.S. dairy farmers, automobile manufacturers and wheat producers, the latter by changing a wheat grading system in Canada accused of downgrading U.S. grains to a lower quality.
GRAND FORKS — Two opposing candidates for the North Dakota Supreme Court agree on one thing — they're not sure many voters know about the race to fill a 10-year seat on the highest judicial platform in the state. "When it's nonpartisan and we don't have parties to help get the message out, it's very difficult for people who are running offices like this to get information to the people," said incumbent Justice Lisa Fair McEvers on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota lawmakers Wednesday, Oct. 3, called a five-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration a win for the state's drone industry and airports. If the president signs the bill, it will allow federal agencies to research whether unmanned aircrafts can share spectrum frequencies with manned aircrafts, it will authorize testing sites for another five years and let the U.S. Department of Homeland Security research emerging threats from foreign drones.
CAVALIER, N.D. — It's been a long two months for several rail-dependent businesses in Cavalier and Walhalla, all of which lost a bridge and several miles of track to a grass fire earlier this summer. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Curt Kirking of Cavalier Bean Co. announced repairs have finished and the track will be back in business Monday. "The ironic part of it is, the bridge burned on July 19," Kirking said. "And on Sept. 19, I was made aware we can start using the track Monday."
GRAND FORKS — Gas tax collections may have exceeded state expectations this year, but some state legislators say they're still not high enough to support statewide road and highway repairs. "Our gasoline tax doesn't generate what it used to," said State Sen. Curt Kreun, R-Grand Forks. That's why Kreun plans to discuss a new registration fee for electric vehicles during the next legislative session. "They use the road," Kreun said of electric cars, "but they're not paying a road tax. Road taxes are only through the gasoline tax."
GRAND FORKS — After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than twice as many pregnancy-related deaths in 2014 than it did in 1987, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., discussed possible solutions Friday, Sept. 21, in Grand Forks with state pregnancy experts and mothers. "We're the only developed country in the world where we see an increase," said Heitkamp.
FARGO—With less than two months until Election Day, three candidates vying for North Dakota's only U.S. House seat met for a fourth debate Wednesday. State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, former State Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, and unendorsed candidate Charles Tuttle of Minot were all on KFGO Radio this morning, where the hottest issues included agriculture, an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota and the president's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
GRAND FORKS — Even as other states and the federal government take a closer look at regulating e-cigarettes, North Dakota still doesn't officially consider them taxable tobacco products. An anti-tobacco group in the state hopes to change that next year. In 2015, the state Legislature passed a law prohibiting minors from having or purchasing e-cigarettes and all other electronic smoking devices. The same law also required that liquid nicotine come in child-resistant packaging.