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North Dakota Public Employees Association

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President’s Corner

The Time is Now!

Senate Bill 2311 (State Employee Pay Bill) was voted on in the House Government Veteran Affairs Committee on Friday. The vote was 7 yeas and 6 nays and it was recommended that it be placed on the calendar without recommendation and be referred to the House Appropriations Committee. This pay bill is very important to state employees and must be passed now! The pay package included in SB 2311 provides for a 5% ...

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Campaign for America’s Future

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Dear Tom,

Early Bird Registration Extended!

Early Bird registration for America’s Future Now! has been extended. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the largest annual progressive gathering in Washington, and this historic opportunity for change. Register now. GO»

The corporate interests, conservative hacks and their media enablers are pushing a new, laughable line to obstruct change: President Obama is doing too much. Seriously.

Here’s the reality: there is much to do, with crises threatening our health care, our climate and the ...

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North Dakota Legislative Actions

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Senate Democratic Caucus

End of Week Report (Week 10)

March 13, 2009

Week 10 in the Legislature was dominated by a debate over how the state should spend $575 million in stimulus money coming down from the federal government.

The debate is over whether the state should spend all the stimulus money on top of current spending proposals to stimulate the economy, or whether the state should hold back its own spending in the wake of the stimulus money. This latter approach—recommended by Gov. ...

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Medicare Update

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Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the information contained in this edition of Frontier Focus. Please be sure to share it with your members, colleagues, providers and office billing staff. Thank you for your continued efforts to broadcast Medicare information to the providers in Region VIII.

Table of Contents

1. Special ODF on the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) With the American College of Cardiology

2. 2009 Physician Quality ...

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Inside Higher Education

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Daily News Update
March 13, 2009
Hello. Here’s what’s new on our site today:
False Positives on Plagiarism
March 13, 2009
Texas Tech writing experts compare services designed to catch cheaters — and find problems with the results. Attendees at composition meeting also discuss Turnitin’s payments to some presenting papers about Turnitin.

» View full article
Tenure Flashpoint in Kentucky
March 13, 2009
Amid outcry from faculty, the board of the ...

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Events at Minot State Univesity in North Dakota

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Hamilton discusses ‘Wotah, Spiritual Leader to Crazy Horse’ Thursday
Mark Hamilton, owner of Wild Things Gallery, will be a guest speaker on Thursday (March 12) in the Conference Center (Metigoshe Room), 1 p.m. The topic of his presentation is “Wotah, Spiritual Leader to Crazy Horse.”

This is a well-researched and interesting presentation on one of closest people to Chief Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse was one of the well-known, historical Oglala Sioux warriors at the Battle at the Little Bighorn, also ...

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Teacher Education Update

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AACTE Weekly News Briefs | March 10, 2009

. . . delivered to your inbox so you can enjoy up-to-date news on Colleges of Education, Teaching and the Classroom, Campaigns, Legislation, STEM Teacher Issues, International Teacher Issues, Grants, and Upcoming Events. Please click on linked headlines for full story.


Getting Ready: The Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Competition
The U.S. Department of Education intends to open a grant competition for the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants (Title II, Higher Education Opportunity Act) ...

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Campus Communication Tools — Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Dear Dr. Tom Seymour,

Last week you were invited to this industry leading webinar. We are
now pleased to provide a detailed conference agenda for your review.

“Campus Crisis Communication Tools: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube & More”
Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Using Social Networking Tools for Crisis Communication
** How Facebook, Twitter and Myspace can benefit your crisis communications
** Tips for using Youtube and internet ...

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Capitol Journal

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President Barack Obama recently made big news by introducing a budget
that includes $634 billion toward universal health care programs. But
while the president’s focus is now on providing health care to the
uninsured, a small but growing number of states are turning their attention to
preventing health insurers from unfairly dropping thousands of people who
already have coverage.
That practice, known as rescission, is certainly nothing new. Insurers have
long held the option of cancelling an individual health policy ...

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InfoWorld Resources

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>Date: 8-Mar-2009 01:40:14 -0600
>From: “InfoWorld Resources”
>Subject: Introducing an Advanced and Powerful Email Security Solution
>Email is the most critical communication tool in the workplace, as evidenced by these results from a 2008 report published by Osterman Research.
>Because 58% find email to be critical in getting their work done, and because other communication tools are becoming more widely used, attacks directed against these capabilities threaten the very ability of individuals and companies to ...

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North Dakota Stimulus Package Ideas

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Governor’s Recommendation for Federal Stimulus Released

On March 5, the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget released the Governor’s executive recommendation for the Federal Economic Stimulus package. The total estimated revenue from the Federal Economic Stimulus package for North Dakota is $573 million. The Governor’s executive recommendation calls for replacing $233 million of proposed general fund spending with economic stimulus money in the 2009-2011 biennium.

The document distributed by OMB is attached.

Key Hearings Held March 2-6

SB 2003 – Support

SB 2003 ...

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Governing Magazine

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Stimulus Watch

A weekly roundup of news and commentary on the federal stimulus plan
• Philly-Area Transit Stimulus to Create 5,590 Jobs
SEPTA’s “shovel-ready” projects include rehabs for two stations, four bridges and a viaduct. (Philadelphia Daily News)
• Critics: Broadband Push Shorts Urban Poor
Critics say the stimulus plan to bring broadband to rural areas largely overlooks the urban poor. (Washington Post)
• Stimulus Funds to Boost GAO
The Government Accountability Office is getting a $25 million infusion of cash ...

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