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PHOTO: Getting more North Dakotans with disabilities on the job is the focus as the state's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, meeting today in Bismarck. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota continues to report the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, one often untapped resource that could help fill those job openings is individuals with disabilities. Cheryl Hess, executive director with the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities, sa...Read More

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PHOTO: A troubling trend in North Dakota shows the preterm birth rate in the state has stayed the same for three straight years. Photo credit: Cesar Rincon/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - After a number of years on a downward trend, efforts to reduce the number of preterm births in North Dakota have stalled. The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in the state was 9.9 percent last year, unchanged from the previous two years. Reba Mathern-Jacobson, state progr...Read More

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PHOTO: More than one in seven North Dakotans now are providing care for a family member, and many have had little or any instruction on how to perform medical tasks at home. Photo courtesy of AARP.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota lawmakers soon will convene for 2015, and one piece of legislation they're being asked to consider aims to better support the state's family caregivers. One of the main provisions of the CARE Act is for facilities to provide instructions and demonstrations on tasks to ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study on the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) shows it's even more significant in small towns and rural areas. Photo credit: Chris Potter/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A new study shows a tax credit that helps low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns in North Dakota across and the country. Jon Bailey, rural public policy director at the Center for Rural Affairs, i...Read More

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PHOTO: Housing and health are among the biggest challenges for many folks across the state, but that's especially true among North Dakota's veterans. Photo credit: Karen Desuyo/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tuesday is Veterans Day, and while those who served will be honored at events across North Dakota, behind the scenes many returning veterans are still struggling with a myriad of issues. Richard LeMay, director of litigation with Legal Services of North Dakota, says one big ...Read More

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PHOTO: Legislators, law enforcement, health professionals and substance-abuse treatment providers are gathering Thursday in Bismarck for a summit on prescription drug abuse. Photo credit: E-Magine Art/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is taking steps to head off the spread of prescription drug abuse, which continues to be a growing problem across the country. While the rate of prescription drug abuse in the state is lower than the national average, North Dakota has seen an upward trend. Pamela Sagn...Read More

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PHOTO: It's estimated about 17 percent of kids in the U.S. eat too much sodium, which can be a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  Photo credit: PSC1121-GO/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The election season had North Dakota voters taking it all in "with a grain of salt," but with the coming holidays they're being urged to go the other way and "hold the salt." Those who have far too much sodium in their diets can be at an increased risk of health issues. Registere...Read More

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PHOTO: It's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Victor/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The arrival of November means it is American Diabetes Month. It comes as the prevalence of the disease continues to rise across the state and nation. David Becker, executive director of the American Diabetes Association in Minnesota and North Dakota, says the latest number...Read More

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