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North Dakota transportation agency cuts to offset $69M shortfall

Along the Scenic Loop Drive in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. (Image: Jasperdo via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Declining oil activity is forcing North Dakota’s Transportation Department to make up for a more than $69 million projected shortfall in fuel tax collections, motor vehicle registrations and other fees, the agency’s director said Tuesday. Transportation Director Grant Levi told the Legislature’s interim Transportation Committee that some planned road projects “probably” won’t get completed but did ...

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Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Vast coal seams dozens of feet thick that lie beneath the rolling hills of the Northern Plains once appeared almost limitless, fueling boasts that domestic reserves were sufficient to power the U.S. for centuries. But an exhaustive government analysis says that at current prices and mining rates the country’s largest coal reserves, located along the Montana-Wyoming ...

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Minot residents get up-close look at new airport terminal

A view from outside the new Minot International Airport terminal taken on Janurary 22, 2016. (Image via Facebook)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot-area residents got an up-close look at the city’s new $43 million airport terminal over the weekend. The facility doesn’t become operational for another week, but officials held a public open house on Saturday and thousands of people showed up, according to the Minot Daily News and KMOT-TV. The project, which took about five years to ...

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Gas prices drop 5 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.77

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 5 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.77 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price is 56 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago. Lundberg says it’s less likely that gas prices will continue to slide because crude oil prices are almost unchanged ...

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Dalrymple to meet with EPA chief to discuss CO2 standards

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple plans to meet with EPA officials to discuss CO2 emissions. The EPA Clean Power Plan has been met with resistance and is considered unnecessary federal overreach.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he will meet with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to discuss the agency’s proposed carbon emissions standards for existing coal-based power plants. Dalrymple is meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to encourage the agency to reconsider its approach to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions from ...

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Finalists announced for Lukas prizes for nonfiction books

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigative and historical works on fracking, music piracy and education reform are among the nominees this year for J. Anthony Lukas prizes given for outstanding nonfiction books. Finalists in three categories were announced Monday by Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Honors include the $30,000 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Welcome to Legendary North Dakota. (Image: J. Stephen Conn via Flickr)

Citizens’ protection came at a steep price in Fargo standoff The Daily News, Wahpeton, Feb. 15, 2016 In a tragic turn of events, a Fargo police officer was killed in the line of duty and his family, a wife and two children mourn the loss of their loved one. All of North Dakota joins them as they place their husband ...

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US enters settlement talks over coal mines in West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal judges have suspended lawsuits that challenged coal mining projects in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico after government attorneys asked for time to negotiate potential settlements. The judges’ rulings give the U.S. Justice Department until April 1 to negotiate with New Mexico-based environmental group WildEarth Guardians. The sides also are seeking to settle a lawsuit involving ...

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