BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest, 1:30 pm, ND
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FROM FARGO TO SPACE
FARGO, N.D. _ .James Buchli’s path from Fargo to space was anything but meteoric. The first North Dakotan to fly in space brought a wide-ranging resume to his application to be part of NASA’s first space shuttle class in 1978. It included a stint aboard a submarine while in the Naval Academy, a 13-month deployment in the Vietnam War as a platoon commander in the Marine Corps and thousands of hours flying fighter planes. Now he’s in the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 900 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE:
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Barely a month into the 2019 legislative sessions, new policies against sexual misconduct already have been enacted or proposed in about one-fifth of the states as the #MeToo movement enters its second year in state capitols amid continuing complaints of sexual wrongdoing. Some states taking action this year had failed to do so in the immediate aftermath of the movement that began in fall 2017 and led to accusations against dozens of state lawmakers. Problems have persisted into the new year, with new complaints coming against lawmakers in a number of states. Women’s advocates say more change is needed _ not only to sexual harassment policies but also to capitol cultures that have tolerated poor behavior. By David A. Lieb. About 1,000 words. Photos.
_ BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance, details of every state lawmaker across the country who has resigned or been removed from office, faced other repercussions such as the loss of party or committee leadership positions, or had accusations made against them.
DISABLED SUPPORT WORKERS
BISMARCK, N.D. _ Direct support workers in North Dakota serving people with intellectual disabilities are pushing state lawmakers for a wage increase. Enable Inc.’s Executive Director Jon Larson testified before the Senate Human Services Committee in January about the “desperate need” for inflationary increases for community providers. Wages for direct support workers have remained stagnant for the past four years due to budget cuts. SENT: 350 words.
BECKER, Minn. _ A central Minnesota city that is home to the largest coal-fired plant in the Upper Midwest is looking to diversify its economy as Xcel Energy plans to retire most of the plant’s generators over the next seven years. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the Minneapolis-based utility recently announced plans to replace two Sherburne County Generating Station generators with a smaller natural gas plant. Xcel Energy aims to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electric power by 2050. SENT: 305 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
MINOT, N.D. _ A North Dakota man is reflecting on being awarded the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon a person serving in the U.S. military. Clint Romesha is a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who lives in Minot. He received the medal from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the White House in 2013, for his actions during the 14-hour firefight when Taliban insurgents attacked the outpost in Afghanistan in October 2009. By Eloise Ogden, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 759 words, photos.
UNITED TRIBES-50TH ANNIVERSARY, WINTER WEATHER-WATER WOES.
ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild, who are playing their first home game in two weeks. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE-WESTERN ILLINOIS
MACOMB, Ill. _ North Dakota State plays Western Illinois at Western Hall.
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