Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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A proposed rule aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants threatens to raise electric rates for North Dakota consumers, circumvent state authority and destabilize the nation’s power grid, state utility regulators told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday.
Groups representing North Dakota businesses and school administrators are speaking out against proposed legislation that would require the state to dump the Common Core education standards and craft its own standards for K-12 students.
Former U.S. senator Byron Dorgan and fellow members of an advisory group called on Congress on Tuesday to honor the nation’s treaties with American Indians and give tribes the money and authority they need to protect their children from violence.
A program that sends millions of dollars in temporary raises and rental assistance to state employees in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch continues to rankle some lawmakers who question if all of the payments are necessary and whether the state should instead boost base salaries.
It was twice the turkey with a pinch of comedic timing as Gov. Jack Dalrymple let a pair of gobblers off the Thanksgiving hook Monday.
North Dakota oil regulators said Thursday they want more input before approving new standards for removing volatile gases from crude oil before it’s shipped by rail, a proposal an industry representative warned could devalue Bakken crude and contribute to more flaring at well sites.
A voter-approved trust fund that has socked away more than $2.4 billion in North Dakota oil and gas tax revenue since 2011 could balloon to $230 billion by 2060 under a scenario outlined Thursday by a group that spent the last year developing a road map for the fund.
Requests for new buildings on North Dakota’s college campuses could face an uphill climb in the upcoming legislative session, after a committee chairman urged lawmakers Wednesday to make fixing existing buildings the top priority.
President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general is well-informed on the top two issues facing federal authorities in North Dakota: public safety in Indian Country and the growing threat from organized crime associated with the Bakken oil boom, U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said Monday. The president nominated Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, on Saturday to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced in September he was stepping down. If confirmed, Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold the nation’s top law enforcement position. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement saying Lynch will receive “a very fair, but thorough, vetting.” As a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee since January, Purdon said he’s had a seat right next to Lynch, the committee’s chairwoman. Holder appointed Lynch to the committee in 2010 and named her chairwoman last year.
A North Dakota wind farm proposed in the migration route of an endangered bird has been revived after the developer unsuccessfully sued Xcel Energy for pulling out of the project in 2011.