Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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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 expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer. Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and public servant refusing to perform a duty.
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.
BISMARCK — Researchers will descend on Rugby next week hoping to break through layers of distrust about a 3-mile-deep drilling project designed to test whether crystalline rock formations that underlie much of the continent are suitable for storing radioactive waste. The U.S. Department of Energy insists the deep borehole test in Pierce County is focused solely on science and engineering, and it will involve no nuclear waste. But state and county officials worry the federal government will pursue North Dakota as a disposal site if the test is successful.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County and set a public hearing for another proposed by the same company in McKenzie County. The three-member panel unanimously granted a route permit for Sacagawea Pipeline Co.'s 8-mile pipeline and associated facilities that will transport oil from the Palermo Rail Facility owned by Phillips 66 to the Enbridge oil terminal in Stanley.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health has suspended work on a state plan that was being developed to comply with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the rules until legal challenges are resolved. North Dakota's lignite coal industry, congressional delegation and state officials all praised the high court's 5-4 decision to freeze the rules, which aim to address global warming by curbing carbon dioxide emissions.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s lignite coal industry, congressional delegation and state officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday blocking the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rules from taking effect until legal challenges are resolved.
BISMARCK — Some of North Dakota’s seven coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down unless the Obama administration’s new rule to curb carbon dioxide emissions undergoes significant changes, an industry official said Tuesday just hours before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the rule. Justices voted 5-4 to grant a request made by North Dakota and 26 other states and various energy and business interests to put the Clean Power Plan on hold while a federal appeals court hears their lawsuit against it.