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Roger Roehl four years ago found the "silver bullet" for leukemia — a medication called Gleevec. Roehl, of Mandan, was 64 years old and had a state health insurance plan that covered the life-saving medication minus a $10 copay. But when he turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare, the price of the drug skyrocketed to $2,400 for a 30-day supply. Roehl, a retiree living on a fixed income, couldn't afford the medication, so he stopped taking it. He was warned the leukemia — which was in remission — would come back.
BISMARCK — The leaders of four American Indian tribes in North Dakota have signed a new agreement with the state over federal funding for child welfare services, including allowing tribes to license foster care parents on and off reservations. Leaders from all five North Dakota tribes attended a ceremonial signing Friday, Sept. 6, at the state Capitol. Four tribal leaders signed the agreement, which hadn't been updated in 36 years. The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate has signed a similar agreement in South Dakota.
BISMARCK — North Dakota has received $4 million in federal money to combat the opioid crisis. The state received the funding through a federal grant program under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is awarded to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.
BISMARCK — North Dakota tribal leaders are taking steps to make sure their tribes aren't undercounted in the 2020 census. Tribal officials stressed the importance of getting an accurate count in the upcoming survey during United Tribes Technical College's Tribal Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Bismarck. In a roundtable discussion, tribal chairmen discussed efforts they've made to reduce the risk of another undercount in the upcoming survey.
BISMARCK — Bismarck State College officials are reviewing a highly touted partnership with an energy training academy in Saudi Arabia in the wake of lower-than-expected enrollment. Neither student numbers at the National Power Academy nor profits generated for BSC have met expectations, The Bismarck Tribune learned through a public records request and interviews with a former teacher. Nearly a year ago, Saudi Arabia, in partnership with BSC, welcomed its first batch of students to the National Power Academy in Dammam in the Middle Eastern country.
BISMARCK — North Dakota is dramatically increasing spending on home- and community-based services while officials negotiate a settlement with the federal government over allegations the state is housing older adults and people with disabilities in nursing facilities rather than enabling them to live in their communities.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck Public Schools has suspended a third-grade teacher at Dorothy Moses Elementary School, but officials aren't saying whether racist and sexually explicit text messages supposedly written by the teacher are what prompted the investigation. The teacher's attorney said the text messages that recently surfaced on social media are fake. Nicole Gabel was put on administrative leave on Wednesday, the school district said in a statement released late Thursday, Aug. 15.
BISMARCK — Erin Olander was one of the first patients to receive medical marijuana from a dispensary in Bismarck. She came early Tuesday, Aug. 13, because she figured there would be a line. The 34-year-old Hazen woman drove to Bismarck with her sister-in-law for the long-awaited opening of the dispensary at 1207 Memorial Highway — the first dispensary to open in central North Dakota and one of only four operating in the state nearly three years after voters approved the drug.
BISMARCK — A man accused of starting a fire that significantly damaged a south Bismarck apartment building in June reportedly told police he was being chased, though police haven't directly tied that to a possible motive. Eduardo Rodriguez, 45, who court documents say is from Grand Forks, was charged in connection to the June 5 fire at Washington Court on South Washington Street. He pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 5, to two felony counts of criminal mischief, one felony count of arson and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass. Trial has been set for Nov. 5-7.
Hemp is gaining traction among farmers in North Dakota, and where state officials are seeing the most interest recently is in growing hemp for cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD, which many believe has healing properties, is a substance derived from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis genus. Unlike its cousin marijuana, hemp and its products cannot get you high.