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Price rises in the United States moderated last month in the latest sign that the inflationary pressures that have gripped the nation may be easing as the economy slows and consumers grow more cautious. Consumer inflation reached 7.7% in October from a year earlier and 0.4% from September. The year-on-year increase, a slowdown of 8.2% in September, was the smallest increase since January.

The Labor Market Information Center has released the latest Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly summary of online job openings and executive summaries from Job Service North Dakota’s labor exchange system. North Dakota had a total of 16,795 open and available online job openings in October 2022, a change of -1.3 percent (-215) from the previous month and -8.6 percent (-1,581) from the same month a year ago.

Minnesota’s estimated injury and illness rate for 2021 decreased compared to 2020. According to the annual Occupational Injury and Illness Survey, the state had an estimated 3.4 OSHA-recordable, non-fatal injuries and illnesses in the workplace and illness per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) in 2021. The survey estimated Minnesota had 73,800 workers with OSHA recordable, fatal, workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021, compared to an estimated 76,700 cases for 2020 .

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The possibility of a rail strike has been pushed back to early December to allow time for engineers and conductors to vote on their contracts with the freight railways and give the industry more opportunity to renegotiate with two unions and rejected their deals last month. Before that, a strike deadline of 19 November hung over the negotiations. All 12 railroad unions must approve their deals to avoid a strike and so far only seven have ratified the agreements that provide 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses.

General Motors is recalling nearly 340,000 large SUVs in the United States because their daytime running lights may not turn off when the normal headlights are on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents that installing both lights at the same time could cause glare, increasing the risk of an accident. The recall includes some 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, as well as some GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

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Volkswagen is recalling nearly 225,000 vehicles in the United States because the tire pressure monitoring systems may not detect air leaks in all four tires at the same time. The recall includes certain 2019 Tiguan, Golf Sportswagen, Golf Alltrack, Golf R, and Audi Q3 and A3 vehicles. Also covered are some 2019 and 2020 Jetta, Golf, Atlas and Audi A3 models and some 2020-2021 Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas vehicles. Notification letters are sent on December 30.

Gamblers are shrugging off inflation worries and losing money in casinos at a record pace. Figures released on Wednesday show that the US commercial casino industry had its best quarter ever, earning over $15 billion from gamblers in the third quarter of this year. The American Gaming Association says gambling halls are on track to have their best year ever in 2022. Out of 33 states where gaming was active a year ago, 16 reported quarterly peaks in overall gaming revenue .

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Developers are looking at property in south Grand Forks for a basketball skills training center Shoot 360. The facility combines interactive technology and basketball courts for players to practice their game. The target location is near South Washington and 40th Avenue South.

Altru has named Jamie Roed, MD, as Provider of the Quarter for Quarter 2 of 2022. Dr. Roed is from Devils Lake, ND He attended the University of North Dakota for medical school and completed his residency through the University of North Dakota Family Practice Center. He has been with Altru for more than 22 years.

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