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Published February 28, 2013, 10:02 AM

North Dakota Senate approves $124M for UND medical school

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has approved just under $124 million for a new University of North Dakota medical school.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has approved just under $124 million for a new University of North Dakota medical school.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the proposed expansion of the medical school is being driven by concerns that the state's growing population of senior citizens and oil patch workers will worsen a shortage a health care workers.

The state House must also approve the funding.

UND's existing medical school is 60 years old. The university unsuccessfully sought $29 million for an expansion during the 2011 Legislature.

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