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ND Senate approves $1.1B infrastructure ‘surge funding’ bill

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Senate has approved $1.1 billion in special funding so that infrastructure projects can begin by this summer. Senators voted 44-2 Thursday to approve the “surge funding” bill that would fast-track funding to cities, school districts and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. The legislation sponsored by Dickinson Republican Sen. Kelly Armstrong now goes to ...

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Sex traffickers stop in Sioux Falls on way to North Dakota

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls has become a popular stopping-off point for sex traffickers heading to the booming western North Dakota oil patch, where pimping and prostitution are on the rise, authorities say. Police statistics show that about two-thirds of the 78 people who have been arrested in the past two years in connection with prostitution in Sioux Falls, ...

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Gov. Steve Bullock urges infrastructure in State of State

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HELENA, Mont. — Gov. Steve Bullock says in order for Montana to flourish state government must provide good roads, 21st century classrooms, safe bridges and clean drinking water. He used his second State of the State address Wednesday evening at the Capitol in Helena to promote his proposal to spend nearly $400 million on infrastructure projects. The Democrat’s Build Montana ...

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Oil and brine spill reported in Williams County

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The North Dakota Department of Health has announced another oil and brine spill, the third such incident to happen this month. According to a report from United Press International (UPI), the Health Department received notice from Oasis Petroleum that 490 barrels of oil and 455 barrels of brine were released due to storage tank overflow. The health department reports that ...

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New ND revenue forecast assumes $4B shortfall in oil revenue

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers have adopted a revised revenue forecast that reflects a more than $4 billion shortfall in oil revenue due to the slumping price of crude. The House Appropriations Committee voted 22-1 on Thursday to accept the revised figures for the next two-year budget cycle. The final revenue forecast is slated to be presented in mid-March. ...

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Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

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Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of Bakken crude oil come through Ohio each week from North Dakota oil ...

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Warm weather complicates cleanup of brine spill

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Temperatures reaching the 50s in the oil patch may be relief to some, but the warmer weather is hindering cleanup efforts at the site of a major pipeline leak. The Forum News Service (FNS) reports that melting snow pack and increased water flow is making it difficult to collect the contamination in Blacktail Creek, according to David Glatt of the ...

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Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

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BILLINGS, Mont. — The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday. Because of brittle ice, crews trying to recover oil trapped beneath the Yellowstone ...

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