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  • Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    The class-action lawsuit— filed by an Iowa man who uses a wheelchair— alleged the company failed to provide fuel dispensers with operable controls at an appropriate height, didn't provide accessible parking spaces of an appropriate width and in an appropriate location, and otherwise failed to comply with the ADA. Modifications the company will make include...

  • Oct 30- ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. independent oil and gas company, on Thursday reported higher third-quarter profit after the sale of its Nigerian unit and said overall spending would decline next year, partly in response to falling crude oil prices. Crude traded in New York fell to a more than two-year low on Monday at $79.44 a barrel but recovered a bit to...

  • US voters deciding on billions for conservation Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    The most money at stake is in Florida, California and New Jersey. "These are highly developed and dense states, and they are watching the good natural places disappear," said Will Rogers, president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land, which tracks and raises money for the ballot measures. Other states with significant conservation funding on their ballots include...

  • Concerns about slowing growth in Europe and a stronger dollar have helped push the price of light crude oil down about 25 percent since June to about $82 a barrel, creeping closer to the average marginal cost of crude production of about $73 a barrel for U.S. onshore work, according to a research note from Baird Equity Research. "The market is selling all of these...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- According to many commentators, cheap natural gas is producing a renaissance in U.S. manufacturing and putting European competitors at a disadvantage. But empirical studies show the impact has been small and concentrated in a handful of energy-intensive industries that account for only a small share of manufacturing value-added.

  • Oct 29- Oil and gas producer Hess Corp posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as production jumped and costs fell in North Dakota's booming Bakken shale formation. The company, which also produces oil in Norway, Ohio and the U.S. Net income surged to $1 billion, or $3.31 per share, in the third quarter from $420 million, or $1.23 per share, in the...

  • Sole ND abortion clinic halts medication abortions Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's sole abortion provider stopped providing medication abortions Wednesday in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that blocked the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs, though surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic's director said. The state attorney general said the clinic in Fargo had two weeks to appeal...

  • Oct 29- Oil and gas producer Hess Corp posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as production jumped in North Dakota's Bakken shale formation. Net income surged to $1 billion, or $3.31 per share, in the third quarter from $420 million, or $1.23 per share, in the year-ago period. Production in North Dakota jumped 21 percent to 86,000 boe/d.

  • Harvests of most late-season crops near end in ND Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Harvesting of most late-season crops is wrapping up in North Dakota after a week of unseasonably warm weather and little rain. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the flaxseed, dry bean, potato and soybean harvests all are more than 90 percent done. The report says North Dakota ranchers are busy weaning and marketing calves.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Investors stung by plunging oil prices and energy stocks may find relief right around the corner: A Republican-led U.S. Senate could well jump-start energy-friendly policies that would shore up the beaten-down sector. Now, those with a stake in the sector hope a Republican Senate takeover will lead to reform of export laws, speed up approval of...

  • LONDON, Oct 27- Thanks to shale, energy-producing states have been the strongest economic performers in the United States over the past decade, sharply improving their position compared with the energy-consuming states. Only 13 of the 50 states produced more energy than they consumed in 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available,...

  • Profit growth expectations for S&P 500 energy companies have fallen more than any other sector- from a forecast of 13.8 percent on July 1 to the current 1.8 percent, Thomson Reuters data showed. With various names due to report next week, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and National Oilwell Varco, there are hopes that executives will suggest that...

  • High school grads to get free ride at ND college Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    Williston State College, a two-year school in Williston, announced Thursday that graduates of Williams County's high schools will automatically be eligible for full-ride scholarships, including fees and books purchased at the school's bookstores. Additional funds will come from the Williston State College Foundation. The foundation has received...

  • US rig count up 9 to 1,927 Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, New Mexico increased five, West Virginia was up three, while Arkansas, California and Ohio gained two apiece. Kansas declined by four,...

  • Bernstein Research said this week that about a third of U.S. shale production would be uneconomical if oil prices were to fall to $80 per barrel. E&P industry needs $90 NYMEX, about $100 Brent, oil prices to maintain the current oil rig count of 1,500-1,600 rigs, which is intrinsic to our U.S. oil production outlook. MORNINGSTAR INC "Our analysis suggests that the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22- Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state's isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation's shale oil boom. While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists have slowed efforts to...

  • Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    In Colorado, a "personhood" amendment would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. In Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, voters will have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, a step approved two years by voters in Colorado and Washington state. Washington state has two competing...

  • Rural North Dakota receiving $4.5M for broadband Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Two communications providers in rural North Dakota are receiving more than $4.5 million in federal funding to help expand high-speed Internet access. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that providers in three rural North Dakota counties will receive funding through federal telecommunications grants.

  • North Dakota reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur might have found permanent digs in Bismarck. State Historical Society Director Merl Paaverud said officials have reached a $3 million deal to keep the rare mummified fossil on display at the North Dakota Heritage Center, where it will serve as a cornerstone for the facility's $51 million expansion.

  • Gas prices head toward $3 per gallon average in ND Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— An industry expert says gas prices in North Dakota may drop below an average of $3 a gallon before the end of the year. AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer says Tuesday's average of $3.22 per gallon is down 23 cents since Labor Day and the lowest average since February. Other averages are $3.06 in Grand Forks, $3.29 in Minot, $3.32 in Bismarck, $3.33...