- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has been elected vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.

Burgum will hold the post for the next year. The vice chairman has traditionally served as chairman the following year.

The association includes the governors of 19 western states and three U.S. territories. Burgum was elected vice chairman during the group’s annual meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week. Topics discussed at the meeting included the opioid epidemic, wildfires and workforce development.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige was elected chairman for the coming year.

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