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EDITORIAL: Attack sex trafficking across all state lines

A special investigative television report on sex trafficking in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region and the Midwest Sunday wrapped up Forum News Service’s multi-media investigative project. The print and online series concluded Saturday in Forum Communication Co.’s daily newspapers in the upper Midwest. Keven Wallevand’s half-hour examination of trafficking was televised on TV stations WDAY and WDAZ in North Dakota ...

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EDITORIAL: Make the most of oil price drop

SEOUL — The recent plunge in global oil prices is increasing uncertainties in the global economy. There are both positive and negative aspects of the rapid drop in oil prices, and there are conflicting forecasts about their future movement. What seems to be certain, however, is that oil prices will remain low for a long time. The tumbling oil prices ...

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State regulators should bow to calls for audits

Rep. Kenton Onstad, a Democrat representing the Parshall area in North Dakota’s state House, has introduced a bill which would mandate an audit for the North Dakota Health Department as well as the Oil and Gas Division of the Industrial Commission. With the legislation Onstad is seeking to force an audit of the two state departments with the most oversight ...

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EDITORIAL: Ruling strikes balance on fracking

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Supporters and opponents of leasing Pennsylvania’s state forest lands for oil and natural gas production each came away with half a loaf Wednesday from a Commonwealth Court decision challenging state executive and legislative authority, and the use of funds from existing leases. The decision, now under appeal by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation, struck a welcome balance on the controversial ...

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U.S. oil production will be falling by end of 2015: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON, Jan 7 – Unless prices recover, U.S. oil production will start falling before the end of 2015 as new drilling is insufficient to replace declining output from wells completed in 2013 and 2014. Future production depends on the rate of decline from existing wells (known as ...

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Bakken oil prices not far from 2008-09 lows: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON, Jan 7 – Prices received by oil producers in North Dakota’s Williston Basin have averaged less than $34 per barrel so far this month, according to the list of posted prices issued by Plains Marketing. Prices have fallen by almost two-thirds since June 2014, when Plains ...

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China’s Xi proves keen student of U.S. power: Kemp

LONDON, Jan 6 – Xi Jinping is China’s first U.S.-style president. Many commentators have noted Xi is the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping and even Mao Zedong. But a better comparison might be with the style and powers of the American president. He wields enormous personal power, in contrast to the more collective leadership style of Hu Jintao and ...

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EDITORIAL: The Big Good Wolf

When asked if he had any message to give the Pennsylvania Legislature last week, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf responded with two words: “Happy Holidays.” That’s our idea of the fresh start promised by the York County Democrat in his campaign for governor. Handed the opportunity to give the Republican-controlled state House and Senate a few jabs over any number of issues, ...

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