CHICAGO, Ill.—A growing number of children and teens are turning up in U.S. emergency departments dependent on opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin. This comes from a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers found that in 2013, nearly 50,000 patients aged 21 and younger were diagnosed with opioid dependence or addiction. Compare that to 2008, when it was just over 32,000. That's nearly double. The findings of the study will be presented formally on Monday in Chicago.
MINN.—Minnesota is one of 26 states affected by four separate outbreaks of Salmonella. The outbreaks are linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control says over 200 cases have been confirmed between all four outbreaks combined. Four of those cases were in Minnesota. The CDC is recommending consumers to stay away from any papayas that come from Mexico because they believe the contamination could become more widespread.
FARGO—Human rights groups in North Dakota are pushing for hate crime legislation after three women were threatened in a Walmart parking lot in July. The woman has since apologized to the trio, but now human rights groups want specific hate crime legislation. The idea for a statewide statute is not popular with lawmakers and prosecutors, who say that a specific hate crime law would be difficult to prove in court. They say judges already take the nature of an offense in account during sentencing.
NORTH DAKOTA—North Dakota Bakken sweet crude oil is seeing increased demand, thanks to the recent hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida. That's because refineries on the Gulf Coast are trying to make up shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel. North Dakota's oil production rose slightly in July and remained above one million barrels per day for the sixth consecutive month. The State Mineral Resources Director says if per-barrel prices rise above $50 as expected, production of a million barrels a day soon could become routine.
NORTH DAKOTA—Clean-up of a North Dakota pipeline break is nearing completion after four years. Over 20,000 barrels of oil spilled in a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota in 2013. The Tesoro pipeline spill has been called one of the largest on-shore pipeline spills in U.S. history. More than one million tons of soil has been removed from the site. Estimated cleanup costs are at $73 million. The excavation is expected to wrap up this month. The company blames a lightning strike for the rupture.
NEW YORK—It's been a whirlwind three days for North Dakota's own Miss America, Cara Mund. Cara Mund, who is from Bismarck, is currently in New York doing a press tour after winning the title in Atlantic City Sunday night. It's just the beginning of a busy year ahead. She says she expects to be changing locations about every 48 hours. She is heading to LA Thursday, then back to Atlantic City and then Washington, D.C. A "homecoming" event in North Dakota is also in the works.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—It took around 50 firefighters over three hours to contain the massive flames at an old sewing factory in Mahnomen. The fire engulfed two buildings off of Highway 200. The Sheriff's office says both structures have been vacant for 10 years and no electricity was running to either building. The factory is now considered a total loss. Five departments responded, including: Mahnomen, Waubun, Twin Lakes, Fosston and Bagley. The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause.
NORTH DAKOTA—Fire fighting efforts in a western North Dakota are gaining ground on a massive wildfire. It's now spread to 5,400 acres. An inch of rain fell in the northern-most part last night and provided some much needed relief, but that did not stop this major wildfire that's still only 15-percent contained. A Type-2 Incident Management Team is being put into place, which is the second highest level activated during disaster situations.
President Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz will have a statement on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Neighbors here are raising concerns over a high-risk sex offender in town. Thursday, law enforcement held a community information meeting about convicted rapist Robert Baca. Baca will be moving back to Detroit Lakes after his release from prison next Wednesday. It's the same town where he raped a woman back in 1996.