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Federal board dismisses Montana coal railroad application

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal transportation panel has dismissed a proposal for a $400 million railroad that would have hauled coal from a mine near the Montana-Wyoming border. Tuesday’s action by the Surface Transportation Board comes five months after the backers of the Tongue River Railroad suspended their application for the 42-mile line. The board also turned down a ...

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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. An amendment sponsored by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven did not get the 60 votes needed to stop the provocative rule. Thursday’s vote was the latest effort by Republicans ...

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High court nominee praises lawyers for helping the poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland praised lawyers for their work with low-income Washingtonians Thursday in his first public remarks since his nomination last month. The appearance marks the first time that Garland has spoken publicly at any length since Obama nominated him more than a month ago in the White House Rose Garden. His appearance Thursday was ...

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Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota over concerns that waste might eventually be stored there. Battelle, a nonprofit group hired to manage the U.S. Department of Energy project, is ...

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Hearing set on proposed $20 million Watford City pipeline

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Watford City on a proposed oil pipeline in McKenzie County. The North Dakota Public Service Commission says Sacagawea Pipeline Co. is seeking a permit for a 15-mile-long, 16-inch-diameter crude pipeline and associated facilities. The $20 million Johnson’s Corner Connector Pipeline would have a capacity of 100,000 ...

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North Dakota taxable sales, purchase drop 19 percent in 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Tax Department records show the state’s economy slowed last year due to low crop prices and a sustained oil industry slump. North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases are a key indicator of economic activity in the state. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger (RAW’-shun-bur-gur) says North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases decreased nearly 19 percent in ...

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