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Guam Memorial Hospital Borrowing Bill Signed Into Law

Guam - Acting Governor Ray Tenorio signed Bill 340 into law allowing GovGuam to borrow $45 million dollars for it's operational expenses.

Specifically GovGuam will be borrowing for vendor payments. $20 million will pay current debts to vendors, $10 million will pay future vendor bills for the rest of the fiscal year and $15 million will go towards vendor payments for next fiscal year. Only two senators voted no on the measure namely Nerissa Underwood and Mike San Nicolas. "When you have an operational shortfall you can't borrow you're way out of it because operations are supposed to be funded through cash flow and you're supposed to bring in the revenue necessary to sustain your operation. If you borrow to cover operational costs that cost is never gonna go away and you're gonna end up borrowing again in the future,” said San Nicolas.

The Senator says he is now concerned about GMH's push to borrow $120 million for capital improvement projects considering that the last capital improvement project or the urgent care center failed to generate revenue. Because of this Senator San Nicolas says he will hold bill 338 in his committee.


Leaders discuss future of North Dakota coal power plants after announced closure

STANTON -- A North Dakota coal-fired power plant scheduled to close within the next year may not be the last one shuttered here, a congressman and a state regulator said this week.

Great River Energy announced last week it would retire the Stanton Station power plant in Mercer County by May. The company cited low prices in the regional energy market for the decision, but it also comes during debate over a pending federal regulation restricting carbon emissions from power plants.

North Dakota-elected leaders and utilities have been vocal over the past year in opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Some predicted it would require facilities to close, given the 45 percent carbon dioxide emissions rate reduction target the state would have to meet by 2030.

But Lyndon Johnson, a Great River Energy spokesman, said the Stanton Station closure was driven by economic factors and not the Clean Power Plan. The U.S. Supreme Court voted in February to issue a stay of the regulation.

Read more: http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/energy/coal/4079755-leaders-discuss-future-north-dakota-coal-power-plants-after-announced-closure

Trial set for man accused of stealing oil patch explosives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his Williston home is scheduled to stand trial this fall on five charges that could land him in federal prison for 50 years.

Attorneys for Tyler Porter earlier this month entered not guilty pleas on his behalf, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Miller scheduled a three-day trial to begin Aug. 1. The defense this week asked for more time to prepare, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland moved the trial to Oct. 4 in federal court in Bismarck.

Neil Fulton, head of the federal public defender's office for the Dakotas, said no decision has been made on whether the defense might seek a plea agreement with prosecutors.

"We will investigate and discuss the case with (Porter) before making any decisions about how to proceed," Fulton said.

Read more: http://www.willistonherald.com/news/trial-set-for-man-accused-of-stealing-oil-patch-explosives/article_69d8e88c-5074-11e6-b001-a7822988233b.html

Attorney for Native Americans challenging N.D. voter ID law says Texas ruling 'enhances our case'

BISMARCK — An attorney for Native Americans fighting recent changes to North Dakota's voter identification laws said Thursday a federal appeals court ruling this week declaring a similar Texas law to be discriminatory "certainly enhances our case."

Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa filed a federal lawsuit in January against North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, arguing that voter ID requirements passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature in 2013 and 2015 are unconstitutional and "disproportionately burden and disenfranchise" tribal members.

One of their attorneys, Tom Dickson of Bismarck, was encouraged by Wednesday's 9-6 ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, which found a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued ID is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

The appeals court sent the case back to a district court to examine whether the law had a discriminatory purpose and asked the district court to come up with a short-term fix for the November election, Reuters reported — something the North Dakota plaintiffs also are seeking before November.

Read more: http://www.inforum.com/news/4078786-attorney-native-americans-challenging-nd-voter-id-law-says-texas-ruling-enhances-our

Fargo doctor's license indefinitely suspended for text describing patient's genitals

FARGO—A longtime area pediatrician has agreed to "indefinitely suspend" his medical license for professional misconduct that included sending a text message describing an unnamed patient's genitals.

The North Dakota Board of Medicine issued the order Friday, July 22, a move that appears to essentially end Dr. Thomas Mausbach's long career.

Mausbach, who is almost 69, signed an agreement that indefinitely extends his medical license suspension that he agreed to when state medical examiners began investigating a complaint against him in April.

"The order is an indefinite suspension," said Duane Houdek, the North Dakota Board of Medicine's executive secretary. "It doesn't contemplate a way to remediate things and return to practice."

Read more: http://www.inforum.com/news/4079777-fargo-doctors-license-indefinitely-suspended-text-describing-patients-genitals

N.D. Dems share ‘responsible alternative’ plan to address revenue shortfall in special session

BISMARCK – Democratic lawmakers on Thursday will release their proposal for balancing the state’s budget during a special session next month, hoping majority Republicans will consider it as they prepare to roll out their own plan crafted by GOP leadership and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks said the Democrats’ plan would restore millions cut from social services while leaving in place 80 percent to 90 percent of the $245 million in across-the-board cuts imposed on most state agencies in February and an additional $151 million allotment that Democrats expect to come out of the special session that begins Aug. 2.

“We understand that we need to cut spending in a time of revenue shortfall. All we’re asking is that we be smart about it,” he said.

After February’s 4.05 percent cuts that helped balance a projected $1.07 billion shortfall for the 2015-17 biennium, an updated forecast released last week projected an additional $310 million shortfall by next July, prompting Dalrymple to call the special session.

Read more: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/north-dakota-dems-share-responsible-alternative-plan-to-address-revenue/article_1156aef2-89a8-594c-8c6c-fdd62ee066d6.html

Former U.S. senator a full-time S.D. resident again

After more than a decade of shuttling back and forth between Sioux Falls and Washington, D.C., a former U.S. senator and a mainstay of the South Dakota Democratic party is set to return to the state full-time.

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson has sold his home in the Washington, D.C. area and will move back to Sioux Falls with his wife Barb, Sharon Boysen, his long time state director confirmed Friday.

The couple has a condo in Sioux Falls and is looking at other homes in the area, Boysen said. Among the options under consideration is a condo in the Jones Lofts building under construction downtown.

Boysen said the couple wants to be closer to their children and grandchildren in the area. She said they have long maintained a residence in Sioux Falls.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2016/07/22/former-us-senator-full-time-sd-resident-again/87439114/

TransCanada replacing parts of Keystone pipeline; Bold Nebraska cautions landowners

STANTON -- Russ and Marla Gubbels went home Tuesday night with a couple jars and a sense of unease about the 30-inch pipeline that transports Canadian tar sand oil across their farm northeast of Randolph.

The jars were given to them by the advocacy group Bold Nebraska for gathering samples of soil and water from their land to be tested by an independent lab in Omaha.

The sense of unease was given stems from what they see as a lack of oversight and lack of information as TransCanada Corp. digs up and replaces sections of its Keystone pipeline.

"I'd kind of be an idiot not to be concerned," said Russ Gubbels, who was one of about 25 people who attended a meeting organized by Bold Nebraska and held at the Red Road Herbs Retreat & Learning Center near Stanton.

Read more: http://columbustelegram.com/news/state-and-regional/transcanada-replacing-parts-of-keystone-pipeline-bold-nebraska-cautions-landowners/article_1660c80e-9896-5daf-964c-720252b45a00.html

Univ. of Nebraska regents OK request to ask Legislature for more in appropriations over 2 years

LINCOLN — A new IT research institute headquartered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha could get a $1.4 million boost from tax dollars.

The NU Board of Regents on Friday voted 5-0 to approve its two-year request to the Legislature. The proposal will ask the Legislature for about 4 percent more in state appropriations each year in the next two years.

Under the university’s request, the IT institute would be housed in a First Data building near UNO’s south campus, now officially the Scott Campus. The NU Foundation in March bought the property at 6902 Pine St. for $30 million.

NU is requesting $900,000 to renovate the First Data building and $500,000 for the applied information technology research institute that would, according to the university, “solve challenging and emerging information technology problems for industry and government.”

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/news/education/nu-regents-ok-request-to-ask-legislature-for-more-in/article_1aede84c-5017-11e6-ae5c-173e050e2673.html

Attorneys for wrongly convicted Beatrice Six ask judge to order defendants to pay $1.8M owed

The attorneys for six people wrongly convicted of a Gage County rape and killing asked a judge on Thursday to approve $1.8 million in fees and costs {after those wrongly convicted were awarded a $28 million verdict}.

The lawyers — Jeffry Patterson, Maren Lynn Chaloupka, Robert Bartle, Douglas Stratton, Matthew Kosmicki and Herbert Friedman — wrote in a brief filed in U.S. District Court that they collectively worked for 7,210 hours on the Beatrice Six civil case.

A federal court jury this month slammed Gage County with a $28 million verdict for a reckless investigation that sent the wrong people to prison for the 1985 killing of Helen Wilson. DNA testing in 2008 cleared the six, who collectively spent more than 70 years locked up.

In 1989 investigators relied heavily on confessions from three suspects with histories of mental illness, two of whom told authorities that their memories came from dreams and nightmares. And investigators proceeded with the prosecutions even though none of the six perfectly matched the perpetrator’s blood or could be conclusively tied to his semen.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/beatrice-six-attorneys-ask-judge-to-order-defendants-to-pay/article_2a926a92-4fd2-11e6-9f15-7393170664d6.html
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