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  • President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in.

  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders— and she barred Minnesota officials from enforcing it.

  • Miss. jobless rate rises in March as payrolls fall Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls fell for the fourth straight month, suggesting that Mississippi's stronger economic growth in late 2013 may be softening.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/ 2- year recovery.

  • Nebraska jobless inches up to 3.7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, but the state's jobless rate remains one of the lowest in the nation, according to a state report released Friday. The 3.7 percent rate in March is two-tenths of a point under the 3.9 percent the state posted in March 2013, the state Department of Labor said.

  • Vermont says unemployment now 2nd lowest in US Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    Peter Shumlin says the latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country. The governor's office cites national statistics that show only North Dakota has a lower unemployment rate than Vermont.

  • Mont. gov proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch. That's why folks like in Glendive are already working on projects that we can be a part of. "

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

  • Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

  • Bullock proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch. That's why folks like in Glendive are already working on projects that we can be a part of. "

  • Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota Pipe Line Co. announced plans Thursday to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities that produce most of Minnesota's and much of Wisconsin's transportation fuels.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components.

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Mary Landrieu is vying for a fourth term representing Louisiana; Alaska Sen.

  • Rail companies to report fertilizer delivery plans Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops.

  • FARGO, N.D., April 15- The U.S. Federal Reserve is coming up short on its goals for both inflation and employment, a top Fed official said on Tuesday, and the central bank ought to do more to ensure they return to healthier levels.

  • North Dakota may fine truck company more than $2M Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— A Wyoming- based trucking company working in North Dakota could face fines of $2 million or more for operating without a license and illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, two North Dakota state agencies said Tuesday.

  • Spring planting pushed back even more in ND Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— A week of warm temperatures and snowmelt has pushed back spring planting in North Dakota even more. The 10- year average start date in North Dakota is April 20. Stockwater supplies in North Dakota are rated 99 percent adequate to surplus.

  • WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania, April 15- The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier.

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