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Legislature approves bill to address $310 million shortfall

North Dakota, legislative report

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislators agreed Thursday to cut spending for most state agencies to help cover a $310 million budget shortfall, signaling some of the money for social programs could be restored if revenues eventually recover from slumping crop and oil prices. Although the Legislature isn’t scheduled to reconvene until January, Republican leaders called a three-day session ...

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Things to know about North Dakota’s special budget session

North Dakota, legislative report

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is returning to Bismarck on Tuesday morning for a three-day special session, summoned there by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address shortfalls in the state treasury. Dalrymple made the announcement last month after an updated forecast predicted tax collections will continue to drop due to depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The ...

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Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over oil pipeline permits

Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for a $3.8 billion pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Tribal officials filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps issued permits for the project on Tuesday. The Standing Rock tribe opposes the Dakota Access ...

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Midwest mugginess linked to crops working up a ‘corn sweat’

corn sweat, crops

CHICAGO (AP) — The Midwest’s first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say. That muggy mist, jokingly called “corn sweat,” gets blown around the country, even enveloping more ...

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North Dakota fuel tax revenue drops with economic slowdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fuel tax collections for North Dakota’s Transportation Department are tanking with fewer vehicles on the road due to the state’s economic slowdown, the agency’s director said Thursday. North Dakota has a 23-cents-a-gallon tax on motor fuel, which has not been raised since 2005 and is a nickel less than the national average. Each penny of North ...

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Dalrymple to decide how to deal with depressed budget

North Dakota budget, Dalrymple

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is slated to decide Wednesday whether to call a special session of the Legislature to address the state’s ailing treasury in the wake of depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The Republican governor announced Tuesday in a statement that he would “outline options to resolve the shortfall” at a news conference ...

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North Dakota panel approves proposed $250 million wind farm

wind farm, North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a $250 million wind farm and associated electric transmission facilities in Hettinger and Stark counties. The three-member panel on Wednesday unanimously approved the project’s siting application, clearing the way for construction to start. Brady Wind LLC is planning the wind farm of up to 72 turbines and associated facilities. ...

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