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North Dakota housing fund threatened with drilling downturn

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota’s oil patch has outlived lived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. “Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this,” ...

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Showdown over federal coal leasing reform at Casper hearing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Emotions ran high in a showdown Tuesday between environmentalists and the mining industry over coal-leasing reform and whether the federal government should increase how much it charges corporations to mine federal reserves. On one side, landowner advocates and environmentalists told a U.S. Bureau of Land Management public hearing that change is overdue — up to and ...

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Pierre paves way for $2 million solar panel project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Pierre City Commission has paved the way for what officials say will be the biggest solar energy project in South Dakota. It also will be the first solar energy project for Missouri River Energy Services, which provides nearly half of the city’s power. The city will lease 5 acres of land to a Minnesota-based company ...

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Obama signs legislation designating bison as national mammal

national mammal, bison

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bison has become the official national mammal of the United States under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday. Lawmakers spearheading the effort say the once nearly extinct icon deserves the elevated stature because of its economic and cultural significance in the nation’s history. Millions of bison once roamed the Great Plains. About ...

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Trump returns to campaign trail, targets Clinton on coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -€” Republican Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail for his first rally as his party’s presumptive nominee on Thursday night, delivering a series of searing attacks against likely rival Hillary Clinton and making clear he has no intention of toning down the rhetoric that drove his spectacular rise. Trump, arriving to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, ...

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Xcel Energy working to prevent Fargo-area power outages

Xcel Energy, fargo, power outages

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Xcel Energy told North Dakota regulators Thursday that it continues working to prevent power outages that have affected Fargo in recent weeks. The five outages in the city since April 22 are the latest in a spate of electrical interruptions over the past few years that have forced the utility to credit inconvenienced customers’ electric bills. ...

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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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