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$16 million airport opens in southwestern North Dakota

BOWMAN, N.D. — A $16 million airport has opened in southwestern North Dakota’s Bowman County. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says the Bowman County Municipal Airport 4 miles east of the town of Bowman spans 400 acres and has a 5,700-foot runway — the longest small general aviation runway in the state. Wrigley says the opening of the airport will help ...

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US officials revive oil train safety order after complaints

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about shipments of hazardous crude oil shipments. Emergency responders had raised worries over a new rule that did away with the requirement. Trains hauling crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana have been involved in multiple fiery derailments in recent years, including ...

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Iowa state archaeologist wants testing before Bakken pipeline

Iowa’s state archaeologist contends the proposed Bakken Pipeline carrying crude from North Dakota to Illinois should face the same scrutiny as a state project with potential to disrupt archaeological sites. A public agency, such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or the Iowa Department of Transportation, would be required in such a project to test land for archaeological significance, ...

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Drilling cutbacks drag down job growth in oil patch

WASHINGTON— Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota. In Oklahoma, mining and logging jobs, which mostly include oil and gas drilling, fell for the fifth straight month in April. Texas lost 8,300 jobs in the sector, the most in six years, while Wyoming lost jobs ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885

HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,857 rigs were active. Among major oil- ...

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Oil prices to face selling pressure

PETALING JAYA — The recent oil price rally doesn’t seem to have legs as prices came under pressure on stronger dollar and growing stockpile. Oil prices have been hovering around the US$65 level since beginning of the month but a 3 per cent slip on Tuesday caused jitters among investors. The worry is not baseless. There is no indication that ...

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North Dakota parole, probation officers see surge in cases

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s robust economy, growing population and more money dedicated to cracking down on crime has led to a record number of people on parole and probation, putting additional strain on the officers who must monitor them, officials say. “Absolutely, we’re struggling,” said Leslie “Barney” Tomanek, director of the state Department of Corrections’ parole and probation division. ...

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