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Associated Press, Published February 20 2013

ND Senate approves funds for military caskets

BISMARCK— North Dakota's Senate has approved a measure that funds military caskets for needy veterans.

The measure allocates $50,000 for the military caskets over the next two years.

The Senate passed the measure 28-18 on Wednesday. The measure now goes to the House for review.

Supporters of the measure say the aim is to give needy veterans a military casket instead of a so-called welfare casket, which can be made from cardboard or other inexpensive materials.

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