- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Department of Career and Technical Education is getting a share of $8.4 million in federal grant funding to reduce mining accidents and injuries and for training programs.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration are aimed at providing miners with federally mandated training. Career and Technical Education is in line for $90,524 in funding.

The government says the grants cover training of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including sand and gravel mines.

The funding announced this week is headed to 47 states and the Navajo Nation. States first received funding to provide this kind of training in 1971.

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