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FARGO — Children are taught to wear seat belts to stay safe in a vehicle, but when they board a large school bus there's no way for them to buckle up. While federal transportation safety agencies recommend lap-shoulder belts in all new school buses, most full-size school buses on the road don’t have them. So far, only eight states — none in the Midwest — have passed laws requiring bus seat belts. The reluctance may be due, in part, to a long, strong safety record of school buses.
FARGO — A traffic safety tool known to prevent nearly all of a certain type of deadly crash will begin to be installed for the first time on portions of North Dakota interstates this summer. Workers will start putting in high-tension cable median barriers along parts of Interstate 94 around Fargo and Bismarck, and Interstate 29 in the Grand Forks area.
FARGO — The gums are often swollen and red. The teeth are cracked and decayed. Sometimes, they’re blackened or missing. Nursing supervisor Heidi McLean has seen a lot of mouth misery in her 19 years of working with inmates at the Cass County Jail. The worst is damage done by the use of drugs, including methamphetamine and heroin. “The teeth just rot down to become almost little nubs,” she said.
WEST FARGO—North Dakota pharmacists should be more active in prescribing the opioid antidote naloxone, according to instructors at a continuing education event here Friday, Sept. 29. During the North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy forum, two associate professors said pharmacists should consider prescribing naloxone to people at risk for opioid overdose, even if the patients don't ask. "You have the authority, the right and, I would argue, the obligation" to offer naloxone in those cases, said Elizabeth Skoy, associate pharmacy professor.
FARGO — An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her family member is involved. Dawn Dyer, of Star, N.C., is one of six siblings of Brooke Crews, who's charged along with her boyfriend William Hoehn of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and conspiring to kidnap her unborn child to claim as their own. Dyer found out about the allegations when her mother messaged her a few days ago.
FARGO—The family hadn't even sat down at their table when the woman across the restaurant stood up from her meal and made a beeline to the baby girl with big brown eyes, dark skin and dark hair. Roxane Cartwright and her husband, Tim, had finalized the adoption of their Pacific Islander infant the day before. The woman approached, trembling, saying repeatedly, "She's exactly what I want," while motioning that she wanted to hold the baby. "Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter," Cartwright said.
FARGO — The man accused of throwing what turned out to be a deadly punch outside an upscale downtown bar here last month portrays himself on social media as a successful business owner and family man. Darren Patterson also offers up a tough-guy image, having a passion for fast bikes and cars and hard-core weight training. Patterson, 43, who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall with a bodybuilder's physique, managed to hit three men in short order during a disturbance outside the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge May 27.