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BISMARCK — North Dakota's rebounding sales tax collections continued in the second quarter with receipts that were almost 10 percent higher than the second quarter last year. Taxable sales and purchases for April, May and June reached almost $5.15 billion, almost 9.5 percent above last year's second quarter, according to figures from the Office of State Tax Commissioner released Monday, Sept. 17.
FARGO — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., briefed North Dakota auto dealers on federal efforts to resolve trade disputes during a meeting with The Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 10. Those dealers hope U.S. negotiations will achieve fair trade without having to impose tariffs on imported cars and trucks.
FARGO—A watchdog group is urging federal officials to investigate what it claims is a pattern at North Dakota State University of failing to report non-compliance with regulations to protect research animals. The letter seeking action from the National Institutes of Health, which funds more than $4 million of research at NDSU involving laboratory animals, is the latest from Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
FARGO—Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider said North Dakota's participation in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act would hurt thousands of people whose medical conditions mean they can't get affordable health coverage.
FARGO — North Dakota State University is facing a possible enrollment drop "in the range of 300" students as it approaches the fall semester — a decline that could come with significant budgetary consequences. If enrollment, which last fall was 14,432, drops by 300 this fall, the associated revenue reduction would be $2.6 million, according to Bruce Bollinger, NDSU's vice president for finance and administration.
FARGO — Sanford plans a new heart and vascular health center to be built adjacent to its recently opened medical center in Fargo as part of a slate of $200 million in investments over the next decade to expand services for a growing patient base. The announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the $594 million Sanford Medical Center, where patient volumes are exceeding projections, according Nate White, Sanford's chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sanford Fargo.
FARGO—Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead bald eagles over a five-year permit period.
FARGO—Sanford Health envisions a day when patients can walk into a primary care clinic and provide a blood sample that will reveal genetic susceptibility to certain diseases and help to guide treatment options. That day, as it turns out, is coming soon with the planned "mid-year" rollout of a laboratory test that uses a small blood sample to determine a patient's risk for certain diseases.
BISMARCK — North Dakota State University is proposing a slate of building projects and renovations, including a $60 million agricultural products development center and a $37.2 million multi-sport indoor practice facility. The projects, all given unanimous support on Tuesday, May 15, by the budget committee of the State Board of Higher Education, will require the approval of the full board and, in some cases, the North Dakota Legislature, to proceed. But Tuesday's recommendations, if adopted, mean private fundraising efforts for the projects can begin.
FARGO—The state of North Dakota finds itself back in court defending a law intended to protect consumers from astronomical air ambulance bills by carriers who are not participating providers in insurance networks. Guardian Flight, which formerly operated in North Dakota as Valley Med Flight, is suing to block a new law that sets reimbursement caps on out-of-network air ambulance services—a practice that stuck consumers with bills that averaged $60,000, according to state figures.