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  • Crime surge accompanies Wyoming oil boom Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    DOUGLAS, Wyo.— Law enforcement officials in east-central Wyoming say they're seeing more crimes committed by workers newly arrived to the area's booming oil fields and don't have enough police and jail space to handle the problem. Serious crimes including aggravated assault and larceny are up 17 percent in the Douglas area since 2009, according to the...

  • Good holiday shopping season expected in Dakotas Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:25 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Retailers in the Dakotas are expecting a strong holiday shopping season, with the oil boom in western North Dakota expected to be a factor in both states. That was the case in North Dakota and South Dakota, with many shoppers lining up at stores before their doors opened early Friday or even looking for post-meal deals Thursday night.

  • Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storage options and rail congestion heading into spring. When producers run out of storage space and rail cars aren't available, they store certain grains on the ground— which can reduce the quality of the grain and affect the...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • ENDERLIN, N.D., Nov 25- After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route. Desperate for a solution, Enderlin's city councilors last month banned train breaks longer than 10...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • North Dakota's largest city showing its spirits Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Kath and his partners are hoping to capitalize on its location in thriving downtown Fargo, where many new restaurants and shops have opened in recent years, and on a national hunger...

  • Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Employers added jobs in 38 states and cut them in 12. The biggest gains occurred in California, which added 41,500; Texas, which gained 35,200; and Florida, which added 34,400.. Nevada reported the largest job loss, a decline of 7,300, followed by New York, where...

  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Nov 21- Halliburton Co's $35 billion takeover of Baker Hughes Inc will create an oilfield services powerhouse in North Dakota with more than half the cementing market and a leading position in fracking, according to data seen by Reuters. The deal, announced on Monday, will help Halliburton better compete with global leader Schlumberger NV, as well...

  • Tribal head to speed North Dakota pipeline talks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota's booming oil production has led to an unmanageable increase in the state's output of natural gas,...

  • Nebraska landowners hope for pipeline decision Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— While a proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast is still in limbo, Nebraska landowners who signed deals with the company that would build it are free to spend what they received— no matter what happens. Roughly 400 of the 515 Nebraska landowners along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have signed easement...

  • Former oil worker files lawsuit about overtime pay Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— A North Dakota oil patch worker says his former employer misclassified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits. Matthew Ross is seeking class action status for his lawsuit against Williston- based Baha Petroleum Consulting Corp., which he filed this week. Mark Larson, a lawyer for Ross, and...

  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, who...

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, failing one vote short of the 60 needed to get the measure to President Barack Obama's desk. "I believe we will have the votes to pass the bill in January when a number of new Senators who support my legislation take office and the new Congress begins.

  • UPDATE 5-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, including Democratic Senator...

  • Nov 18- Wells Fargo& Co has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle a class action claim that it unlawfully made brokers who left the firm forfeit bonuses that were deferred as part of their retirement plans, court documents show. The brokers, who said they had earned the bonuses by meeting performance goals set by Wells, alleged the forfeiture requirement violated...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL's top supporter in the U.S. Senate frantically lobbied colleagues on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to find enough "yes" votes to approve the oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has broad support in Louisiana, an oil-producing state, where Landrieu faces an uphill battle to win a new six-year term in a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds on Tuesday in passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project. "Congress is not- nor should it be- in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project," Senator Angus...