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BISMARCK—North Dakota state government websites were inaccessible and state employees lost access to their email for most of the afternoon Wednesday. The problems started around 2 p.m., and Chief Information Officer Mike Ressler said he hoped to have all of the websites and email back online by 8 p.m. "We had a key piece of network equipment that failed," he said. The cause of the failure was believed to be a software configuration error on a piece of hardware in the State Data Center housed in the Capitol tower, Ressler said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators were granted a rare request Wednesday to charge an additional fee to oversee construction of what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state's prolific Bakken oilfield. The state Emergency Commission voted 6-0 to give the Public Service Commission permission to assess an additional $100,000 fee to Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and developer of the proposed 1,168-mile Dakota Access pipeline.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation is shuttering five of the state’s 28 rest areas, holding 20 vacant jobs open and cutting back on temporary employees, Director Grant...
BISMARCK — The two Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation joined more than 200 of their House and Senate colleagues Tuesday in filing a brief urging a federal appeals court to overturn the Obama administration's new rule aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer were among 33 senators and 171 House members listed on the amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi outlined steps the agency will take to offset a $69.2 million revenue shortfall on Tuesday, including shuttering five of the...
BISMARCK — In another casualty of slumping crude oil prices, the North Dakota Department of Transportation is cutting back on temporary employees to help offset a projected $69 million shortfall in gas tax collections, registration fees and other user-based revenues, a spokeswoman said Monday.
BISMARCK — Hundreds of families on child-care assistance will be among those feeling the pinch of budget cuts made by North Dakota state agencies to help offset a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on the current oil industry downturn. Fifty-six agencies that receive money from the state's general fund met a Wednesday deadline to submit 4.05 percent budget cuts ordered by Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Feb. 1.
BISMARCK — North Dakota agencies stepped up to the chopping block on Wednesday, submitting millions of dollars in budget cuts to help the state weather a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed largely on the effects of sagging crude oil prices. Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered nearly $245 million in budget cuts Feb. 1, and agencies that receive general fund dollars had until Wednesday to comply.
BISMARCK – The head of North Dakota’s largest state agency and four of its employees are accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a childcare provider whose license was...
BISMARCK — More than 80 percent of nonresidents working in North Dakota's oil and gas industry don't want to put down roots in the state, while those who want to relocate see housing costs as a major barrier, researchers found in a survey released Tuesday. Results of the survey by North Dakota State University researchers Nancy Hodur and Dean Bangsund were presented Tuesday to a few hundred real estate agents, lenders, property developers, city officials and others at the state Housing Finance Agency's annual conference in Bismarck.