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  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Friday they would press ahead with legislation to keep the bank alive despite efforts to shut it down. "The perspective on the other side is not' reform Export Import Bank,' it is' kill it,"' said Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas, whose support for Ex-Im has made him a target for conservatives...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 24- TransCanada Corp, whose controversial Keystone XL pipeline project has waited more than six years for U.S. approvals, is asking the Obama administration to approve another pipeline, one that would take American crude oil into Canada. The company, Canada's No. 2 pipeline operator, said it applied on Wednesday for a presidential permit...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 24- TransCanada Corp, whose controversial Keystone XL pipeline project has waited more than six years for U.S. approvals, is asking the Obama administration to approve another pipeline, one that would take American crude oil into Canada. The company, Canada's No. 2 pipeline operator, said it applied on Wednesday for a presidential permit...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— With oil prices sinking enough that drillers may soon see a more favorable tax rate, North Dakota lawmakers approved a new framework Friday that cuts the price-triggered exemption in exchange for a lower tax rate. Al Carlson, North Dakota's House majority leader, and other GOP representatives said the new system will provide a stable and...

  • A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel. The series focuses on several people including a judge whose caseload has soared, a Phoenix- native trucker who hauls oil across the region, and an oil field...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • ND Senate rejects bill on insurance benefits in new plan Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— The North Dakota Senate on Thursday rejected a House bill meant to ensure that thousands of public employees receive the same health benefits when their insurance coverage switches to another company this summer. Sanford Health Plan, which is based in Fargo and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will provide coverage for the North Dakota Public...

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • North Dakota lawmakers question $1 million bus deal Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 3:13 PM ET

    Republican Ray Holmberg, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the motor coaches were eventually sold but the end result was a $984,000 loss. Holmberg told The Associated Press Tuesday that senators are asking about the Transportation Department's spending habits. "If justified, the vehicle is purchased with the understanding the agency...

  • Employers cut jobs in 31 US states as growth slows Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose or were unchanged in 27 states and fell in 23 states. The biggest job cuts occurred in states with large oil and gas drilling, led by Texas, which lost 25,400 jobs, and followed by Oklahoma, which cut 12,900. Pennsylvania lost 12,700, the third largest loss. Pennsylvania has benefited in recent years...

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
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    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.

  • The groups first sued after the EPA in October approved the herbicide's use in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The latest motions were filed after the EPA decided last month to allow its use in nine more states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. The virus was first detected in Minnesota, the country's top...

  • Details on the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    PUBLIC SERVICE: The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina. Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff won for the series "Till Death Do Us Part," which probed why South Carolina is among "the deadliest states in the union for women." We felt so passionate about this project and we felt so passionate about the difference it could...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The North Dakota House endorsed a bill Monday that will cut an exemption for oil companies if crude prices continue to slide, in exchange for a lower and permanent flat tax rate. Democrats and leaders from the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota oppose the bill by the Republican-controlled Legislature that would...

  • LONDON, April 20- Despite the surge in U.S. oil prices, hedge funds are still divided about what will happen next, according to the latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Front-month futures prices have already jumped by $14 per barrel, 33 percent, over the past month and are now trading at $56 per barrel. Posted prices in North Dakota's Bakken...