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  • Nebraska November jobless rate down to 3.1 percent Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    The Nebraska Labor Department said the rate was also down from the November 2013 rate of 3.7 percent. Nebraska had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation in November, trailing North Dakota's 2.7 percent, according the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, Nebraska listed 990,516 people as employed, compared with 986,943 in October and...

  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    BOULDER CITY, Nev.— An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. Company and FAA officials said the drone wasn't damaged. "Protocol is to troubleshoot the problem," said Bruce...

  • Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in only three states: Connecticut, Louisiana, and Washington state. North Dakota's 2.7 percent unemployment rate was lowest in the nation, while Mississippi's 7.3 percent rate was the highest. The biggest job gains occurred in California, which added 90,100 jobs in November, followed by Florida,...

  • US farmers produce bountiful crop of dry beans Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    The increase was even more pronounced in North Dakota and Minnesota, which together produced about 40 percent of the nation's crop. The big increase in acres— 24 percent in Minnesota and 43 percent in North Dakota compared to planted acres in 2013— more than softened the blow of a drop in average yield of 12-13 percent due to a wet spring and fall.

  • BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 19- Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. "We're really at the point where we could start calculating this," Ryan Rauschenberger, North Dakota's tax commissioner, said...

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. Major U.S. farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, as well as leading agribusinesses such as Cargill Inc., have long advocated normalized trade relations with Cuba, a market of 11 million consumers just 90 miles off U.S. shores.

  • ND officials eager to expand trade with Cuba Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— The Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba could lead to increased sales of North Dakota crops to the communist island nation, though some issues would need to be sorted out, officials say. Over the past 12 years, the state has exported an average of about $1 million worth of agricultural goods to Cuba annually...

  • The United States' commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took over. Now U.S.- Cuba trade is poised to resume: President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Gary Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar of the Peterson Institute for...

  • ND fines company $687,500 for disposal violations Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction against Springville, Utah- based Redemption Energy LLC. Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, told the commission the company showed "very little...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • ND taxable sales up 10 percent in third quarter Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota in the third quarter of the year totaled nearly $7.7 billion, up more than 10 percent from July, August and September of 2013.. The five cities with the largest percentage increases in taxable sales and purchases all are in the booming western oil patch— Watford City, New Town, Beach, Dickinson and Stanley.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana...

  • Small natural gas leak reported at Mich. pipeline Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— A small volume of liquid natural gas seeped into the atmosphere this month from a "pinhole" opening in an Enbridge Energy Partners LP pipeline in the Upper Peninsula, officials said Tuesday. The Dec. 8 leak near Manistique was from a pipe known as Line 5, Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum told The Associated Press. "This small leak is a wake-up call...

  • Wyoming lawmakers endorse workplace fatality bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Mary Throne, D- Cheyenne, said it's critical that industry in Wyoming get the message that there are serious...

  • Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse...

  • Why oil is down by half, what it means for you Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    To put that in perspective, that increase alone is more than the production of any OPEC member other than Saudi Arabia. A balance was struck: Increasing supplies from outside of OPEC and from Iraq's recovering oil industry helped meet rising demand around the world as other OPEC supplies waivered. But now those OPEC supplies look more certain despite...

  • Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on drug-induced abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts. Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it would have been extremely rare for the high court to grant the state's request to enforce the...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- The most important characteristic of the U.S. oil industry is inertia- or to put it another way, drilling and production respond sluggishly even to a large change in prices. Since 1974, there have been four episodes in which oil prices declined sharply over a relatively short time. These price slumps occurred between December 1985 and July 1986;...

  • That will widen Alaska's budget gap to almost $3.4 billiuon, Fitch said in a Dec. 11 report. States such as Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma and New Mexico are all likely to feel strains next year, Wells Fargo Securities municipal analyst Roy Eappen said in a recent report. Meanwhile, household sentiment in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas where memories...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...