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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Study: Bakken oil field leaks 275,000 tons of methane yearly

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new study says the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually, an amount that’s less than previously reported. Researchers say it’s the first field study of methane emissions from the Bakken shale formation. Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. It’s the primary component of natural ...

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple to issue budget directive; agencies brace for cuts

In this file photo dated May 15, 2014, Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks of the importance of the Watford City Bypass at the Groundbreaking for the Watford City SE Bypass. Director Grant Levi is in the background.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple is scheduled to issue his budget guidelines, and agency heads are bracing for potential reductions. Dalrymple is slated to address agency directors on Wednesday at the state Capitol. North Dakota Budget Director Pam Sharp says she expects the governor to ask state agencies to identify potential reductions when drafting spending plans for the ...

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Hurdles exist using CO2 to boost oil output in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Houston research firm says significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota. But HIS Inc. geologist Curtis Smith told the North Dakota Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the “long-term prize” for the state could be billions of extra barrels of oil. The interim legislative committee is considering ...

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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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North Dakota tax collections continue falling below forecast

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to see bleaker-than-expected state tax revenue collections from declining oil activity in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says revenues for March totaled $98.8 million. That’s $13.8 million less than what had been projected. Tax collections already are down more than $20 million since a new revenue forecast was done ...

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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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States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. The second time, it nearly broke the bank. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. But while insurance covered the first flight, the hospital called a for-profit service the second time, and Ebert got stuck ...

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Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination. Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus. “It ...

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