Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service
BISMARCK — Opponents of a multistate group that develops tests aligned with the Common Core education standards argued for a court order Monday that would temporarily block North Dakota from spending any more money with the consortium until a judge rules on their lawsuit claiming it's unconstitutional. Judge David Reich took the case under advisement after hearing arguments in Burleigh County District Court on a preliminary injunction requested by the four plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center and state Rep.
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 state revenues in the next two years. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms also said low crude prices could prevent the state from reaching its goal of reducing flaring to 10 percent by October 2020 because natural gas processing projects have been suspended as the price of natural gas liquids has followed oil prices down.
BISMARCK — North Dakota will spend millions more than originally projected for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a tab that could top $30 million per year by 2020 based on current projections. Gov.
BISMARCK — More than 100 pieces of legislation approved by North Dakota lawmakers earlier this year will take effect today, including a change that will send a greater share of oil production tax revenue back to local governments and some more obscure mandates, such as background checks for massage therapists. Lawmakers approved 534 of the 854 bills introduced last session, including the Public Employees Retirement System budget approved during a one-day session on June 16. While the majority of the bills signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple will take effect Aug.
BISMARCK — North Dakota health officials say a rolling emergency room provided by Minnesota and unveiled here Tuesday will boost the state's ability to respond to emergencies, natural disasters and other events when hospital rooms aren't available. The Mobile Medical Unit is a retrofitted semitrailer with eight fully-functional emergency stations and the capacity for up to 16 patients, said Tim Wiedrich, chief of the North Dakota Department of Health's emergency preparedness and response section. The roughly 1,000-square-foot trailer with slide-out sides has two critical care beds, a p
BISMARCK — North Dakota officials are exploring legal options to address recent glitches in an online test designed to gauge student progress in meeting the Common Core education standards, the state's education chief said Friday. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler also announced she is assembling a task force to study other standardized testing options for K-12 students. Baesler said she's disappointed with the rollout of the online math and English assessment that was drafted by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and administered by Dover, N.H.-based
HEIMDAL, N.D. — Wheel fragments found at the scene of a fiery oil train derailment here are "of great interest" to federal officials investigating the cause of the wreck, the lead investigator said Thursday as BNSF Railways prepared to reopen the track Friday. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jim Southworth said BNSF workers began finding the fragments before he arrived at the site just east of Heimdal, where six oil tanker cars in a 109-car train derailed about 7:30 a.m.
BISMARCK — State lawmakers adjourned Wednesday without passing their final bill, setting up the possibility of a special session to resolve differences in the budget bill for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. "This isn't a war with the House and Senate," said House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo. "This is a philosophical difference on the bill." Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said lawmakers "could have stayed here for another week and it probably wasn't going to change." Wardner and Gov.
BISMARCK — Collapsing crude prices that took a nearly $5 billion bite out of North Dakota's projected oil tax revenues failed to deter state lawmakers from investing billions in infrastructure, education and tax relief, leaders of the Legislature's Republican supermajority said after the session adjourned Wednesday. "This is a very successful session coming off the fact that we had really limited money to work with compared with what we thought we had," said House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo. The Senate's top Democrat said the session will be remembered for the oil extrac