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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

A big pharma opioid settlement nets North Dakota $45.5 million.
The anti-vaccine movement is literally killing his people.
Three deputies of the Stark County Sheriff's Office were recognized Thursday with promotions in a ceremony at the Stark County District Courthouse. Sheriff Corey Lee said he's grateful for their loyal service to the department and the people of Stark County.
The vote to defer the bill to the Legislature's nonexistent 41st day came after no action was taken on a do-pass recommendation.

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Making policy in a knee-jerk response to trending media topics is as unwise as making it based on anecdotes.
Before casting his vote in favor of banning home-grow, Rep. Spencer Gosch said he doesn’t disagree with the will of the people, but noted voters elect lawmakers to fix laws before implementing them.
North Dakota is an outlier in hot sauce fandom. A reader accuses me of being obsessed with Rick Becker. People are still buying the stolen election lie. Also, can we change how we use mugshots? If you'd like to send correspondence for this column, send it to rport@forumcomm.com.
A school official frustrated with a reporter's coverage was able to convince a law enforcement agent to launch an investigation that included seizing that reporter's phone so she could comb through all the personal and professional information on it. That shouldn't have happened, and it cannot happen again.
Senate Democrats were joined by five Republicans in their attempt to vote the bill down.
On Wednesday, North Dakota State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem published an opinion which found that the Hettinger Public School Board violated century code to discuss changing a teacher's contract.

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion Wednesday that Stark County violated state open records law in delaying response to an open record request.
Rep. Rick Becker told viewers of his BEK News television show on Wednesday, Jan. 19, he has decided to retire from the House of Representatives after nearly a decade in the lower chamber.
Rep. Rick Becker was left with few good options. The ranks of his allies have been thinned, he's alienated vast swaths of his own political party, he's earned the enmity of leaders in the state's medical community, and the Trump-driven political shift that fueled his metamorphosis from thoughtful libertarian into a populist culture warrior isn't aging well. Who can blame him for opting out?

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