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BISMARCK—North Dakota and a dozen other states challenging a new clean water rule as federal overreach plan to ask a judge Monday to block the rule from taking effect Aug. 28. The states also want the court to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' request to freeze the states' lawsuit while a judicial panel considers merging it with other legal challenges to the "Waters of the U.S." rule. North Dakota is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed June 29 in U.S.
BISMARCK — Plans to develop more than 200 acres of state-owned land along the Missouri River here into a day park — the first new state park in more than 25 years — top the list of projects targeted for $11.75 million approved by state lawmakers last spring for state park enhancements. North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department Director Mark Zimmerman was given discretion over how to spend the money.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he's considering a standalone lawsuit over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan because of the different potential claims that arise from how the plan "harshly" treats the state and its lignite coal industry. State officials have made the likelihood of a lawsuit known since June 2014 when the U.S.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The bishop of the Catholic Church’s Bismarck Diocese has ordered all of its parishes and schools that sponsor Boy Scouts troops to cut ties with the organization...
BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators have signed a deal with the Federal Railroad Administration that will allow the state to launch a rail safety program funded by the Legislature and proposed after a fiery oil train derailment near Casselton in 2013. The agreement signed Wednesday will permit two rail safety inspectors employed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to work with the FRA on track and mechanical inspections. Thirty states have rail inspection programs to supplement the federal program, including neighboring Minnesota and Montana. Commission chairwoman Julie F
State crime report at a glance The 2014 state crime report released Wednesday by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem marked the first year North Dakota has used the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System, allowing for more detailed reporting but also making historical comparisons more difficult. The system divides offenses into Group A, which includes serious offenses such as homicide, kidnapping, robbery, arson and sex offenses, and Group B, which includes lesser offenses such as disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and trespassing. Group A offenses increased 6.8 percent in
BISMARCK – North Dakota law enforcement agencies reported a record 4,000 drug arrests last year, a “worrisome” increase that contributed to a 4.4 percent jump in the state’s per-capita crime...
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the current slowdown in oil drilling “is not a bust by any stretch of the imagination” but will put a strain on...
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision to block a 2013 North Dakota law that would have imposed the strictest abortion ban in the nation by outlawing abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the lawsuit in June 2013 on behalf of the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, the state's lone abortion provider, applauded the opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. "It's beyond time these anti-choice politicians in
BISMARCK – A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s decision to block a 2013 North Dakota law that would have imposed the strictest abortion ban in the...