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BISMARCK — House Majority Leader Al Carlson said Monday he plans to introduce a bill next month that would phase out North Dakota's personal and corporate income taxes, going a step further than a fellow Republican's proposal. The Fargo lawmaker said reducing income tax rates to zero would help grow businesses and draw new residents to the state. "I think that's important for North Dakota's long-term economy," he said. Carlson is the second GOP lawmaker to discuss plans for an income tax drawdown. Minot Rep.
BISMARCK -- The flu is sweeping across North Dakota, with several community outbreaks reported in recent weeks and more than 300 influenza cases confirmed so far with lab tests, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. This is the third consecutive season that flu activity has begun earlier than usual, said Jill Baber, the department's flu surveillance coordinator. The number of cases usually starts to climb between January and March, but the department had already confirmed 332 cases as of Dec.
BISMARCK -- An ad agency's request for the phone numbers and email addresses of North Dakota college students during the recent campaign season has prompted the State Board of Higher Education to ask lawmakers to exempt students' contact information from the state's open records laws. Bismarck-based Odney Advertising, a campaign consultant to the state Republican Party and GOP candidates, was slammed by Democrats after company president Pat Finken emailed the North Dakota University System on Sept.
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BISMARCK -- As environmentalists decried the decision, North Dakota's lignite coal industry welcomed the U.S.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's attorney general has joined 23 other states in a lawsuit that challenges President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration last month. "The president's unilateral action to suspend laws passed by Congress and bestow legal rights and government benefits upon millions of illegal aliens imposes a financial burden on the states and shows a complete lack of respect for the United States Constitution and his oath of office," Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in a statement Wednesday. A coalition of 16 states led by Texas Attorney General and Gov.-elec
BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators foisted a new set of standards on the oil industry Tuesday aimed at further separating volatile gases from Bakken crude oil to make it safer for rail transport in the wake of several explosive train derailments. "I think the important point is stabilization is going to occur one way or the other," Gov.
BISMARCK — Oil companies are urging North Dakota regulators to scale back proposed standards for treating crude oil to make it safer for shipment, warning the rules could increase natural gas flaring and emissions, damage equipment and add costs that could threaten some operations. The state Industrial Commission will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday to consider approving the oil conditioning standards, after delaying a decision at its Nov.
The State Water Commission granted permission Friday for Grand Forks to pump additional water from its wastewater lagoons and the Red River to meeting the needs of a proposed fertilizer plant and other industrial users. BISMARCK — The State Water Commission granted permission Friday for Grand Forks to pump additional water from its wastewater lagoons and the Red River to meet the needs of a proposed fertilizer plant and other industrial users. Northern Plains Nitrogen is proposing a $1.85 billion, 340-acre fertilizer plant on the north edge of Grand Forks.
BISMARCK —At Lakes Social Service District in Devils Lake, Rhonda Allery and her staff have seen reports of child abuse or neglect jump from 25 to 40 per month and...