Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – North Dakota counties have issued about 75 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June, but the ruling has had minimal...
By Mike Nowatzki Forum News Service BISMARCK — Halfway through the school year, more than 200 teaching jobs remain vacant in North Dakota’s public schools after a "community experts" pilot...
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s population has reached an all-time high of 756,927, an increase of 16,887 residents since last year’s U.S. Census Bureau count. North Dakota’s population has grown by...
BISMARCK — State lawmakers Wednesday denied $240,000 in emergency funds designed to keep Job Service North Dakota fully staffed through an expected jump in unemployment insurance claims in January as...
BISMARCK—Two high-ranking Republican lawmakers called Wednesday for deeper cuts to state agency budgets before tapping reserve funds to compensate for a revenue slide that's already $152 million below forecast just five months into the biennium. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp briefed the Legislature's Budget Section on her decision last week to request a new revenue forecast from Moody's Analytics, which should be ready by mid- to late January. If the new forecast projects that state revenues will be 97.5 percent or less of what was projected during the legislat
BISMARCK — Backers of a proposed ballot measure that would elevate the rights of crime victims to the constitutional level in North Dakota insisted Tuesday that it will not erode defendants' rights, but defense attorneys warned that the idea has been rejected before and could have unintended consequences. Sponsors of the proposed constitutional amendment submitted their petition to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Tuesday morning.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm will step down after nine years in the job when he completes his second term next year, he said Tuesday. The Republican said he'd been debating for a couple of months whether to seek a third term and decided not to run in November 2016. Hamm has spent a considerable share of his time in office dealing with reforms under the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank consumer protection act. "In some ways, that nine years has kind of been like dog years," he joked. The 44-year-old was appointed insurance c
BISMARCK — State officials and leaders of the Three Affiliated Tribes left a two-hour meeting Tuesday without reaching agreement on updates to an oil tax compact that allows them to share revenues. Tribal Chairman Mark Fox said after the meeting with Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other state officials that both sides prefer to stay in the compact and agreed to have their staff continue to work on a solution. But he said the tribes remain firm in their opposition to lowering the 11.5 percent tax rate to 10 percent on Jan.
BISMARCK — Sponsors of a proposed ballot measure inspired by "Marsy's Law" in California want North Dakota voters to strengthen the rights of crime victims. A sponsoring committee led by Kathleen Wrigley, wife of Lt. Gov.
BISMARCK – Sponsors of a proposed ballot measure inspired by “Marsy’s Law” in California want North Dakota voters to strengthen the rights of crime victims. A sponsoring committee led by...