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Associated Press, Published June 22 2010

ND lawmakers reject $500,000 for geriatric research

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have defeated Minot State University's request for $500,000 to start a geriatric research center.

Minot State wanted the "centers of excellence" money for a partnership with Minot's Trinity Health to research the best ways to care for elderly people.

Critics said the excellence program is intended to develop technology and create jobs — not to finance a new campus research program. They said similar research is already happening at other North Dakota colleges.

The Legislature's interim Budget Section committee voted 19-19 on Tuesday to reject the program.

The committee approved two North Dakota State University grant requests to develop sensors, advanced electronics and solar energy cells.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.