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2015 Louisiana economy slows as government, services shrink

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New figures show Louisiana’s economy slowed in 2015, but expanding refineries and chemical plants kept growth alive despite low oil prices, a shrinking private service sector and lower government activity. Gross domestic product numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all the economic output of each state. Louisiana’s economy grew ...

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Standoff, dying economy drive Venezuelan crisis

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Venezuela is being wracked by an increasingly belligerent standoff between the government and opposition, while many Venezuelans are becoming fed up with a floundering economy marked by long lines for food and the world’s highest inflation. President Nicolas Maduro has declared a state of emergency to let him deal with the economy by decree, but the opposition is vowing to ...

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Brazil’s Petrobras reports $10.2 billion quarterly loss

Brazil's Petrobras reports $10.2 billion quarterly loss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras, reported a record quarterly loss of $10.2 billion Monday due to a large reduction in the value of some assets amid lower oil prices. Petrobras has been at the center of a sprawling corruption scandal that has ensnared some of Brazil’s most powerful lawmakers and business executives. The embattled company ...

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City seeks feedback for comprehensive plan

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The city of Midland wants residents to think outside the box and let City Hall know what Midland should be like 20 or so years from now. The “Tall City Tomorrow” campaign is the city’s effort to get more public participation in its long-term comprehensive plan. Through Facebook, online surveys and several workshops scheduled next week at Midland County Public ...

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Is the North Dakota government controlled by oil and gas?

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Pulitzer Prize winning web publication, InsideClimate News, posted an expose by Nicholas Kusnetz examining the correlations between the oil industry and North Dakota’s government. The report thoroughly examines the effect the oil boom has had not only on the state’s infrastructure but its government officials and colleges. Put another way, the state’s modern history ...

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Letter: Wilderness and clean water are priceless

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By Sharon Goodman from Grand Forks Recent letters regarding the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment have raised my interest and prompted me to find out more. I went to the North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks website and read the amendment. I also went to www.nd.gov and tried the best I could to understand the State Budget and Revenue Forecast. ...

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Poll shows ND residents have most trust in state government in nation

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By: Cali Owings, INFORUM A new poll shows North Dakotans trust their state government more than residents in any other state trust their governments. The majority of North Dakotans – 77 percent – say they have “a great deal” or “fair amount” of trust and confidence in the government’s ability to handle state problems, according to a recently released Gallup poll. ...

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Colorado Drilling Health Study Under Review

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By KRISTEN WYATT  DENVER (AP) — A Colorado proposal to commission a new study about the health effects of drilling on the Front Range sparked strong emotions Thursday in its first legislative hearing. The House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee declined to vote Thursday but heard hours of testimony on the proposal. The bill would order the state Health Department ...

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North Dakota Opportunity Fund helps local business

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If not for the loan help they received, finances would have been tight while Steven Nardello got his pizza parlor running and it would have taken Ray Bergquist longer to raise the money to open his men’s clothing store. Approaching one year of operation, the $9.7 million North Dakota Opportunity Fund revolving loan program has helped 21 businesses in 38 ...

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