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  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush. Pipeline operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC and state inspectors will keep testing the soil and...

  • ST. LOUIS— The discovery of two lab-confirmed tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis offers fresh proof the endangered species descending from the dinosaur era is reproducing, the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday. The two larval sturgeons, found during Missouri Department of Conservation sampling last June, mark the first time the...

  • BOISE, Idaho— President Barack Obama is headed to Idaho for the first time since a 2008 campaign stop and could touch on anything from tax reform to immigration, depending on Tuesday's State of the Union address. Idaho is just one of four states the president has yet to visit in his six years in office. The last time a sitting president visited Idaho was in 2005, when...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs to finish the project— the first steps it's taken since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier. TransCanada employees said the company filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— While Kansas is nicknamed the Sunflower State, South Dakota keeps making the case for itself, having nabbed the top sunflower-producing spot in three of the last four years. For the second-straight year— and third since 2011— South Dakota has produced more pounds of sunflowers than any other state, according to recently released estimates from...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law. It's the only filibuster-proof option available to Republicans, who control the Senate with 54 seats but must still muster 60 votes to pass other legislation. Ted Cruz, R- Texas, told a Heritage Foundation gathering...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Nebraska reignited a legal fight Friday that could delay the entire 1,179- mile project, filing two new lawsuits over its proposed route. The lawsuits came from seven landowners in Holt and York counties who have received written warning that pipeline developer TransCanada plans to file eminent...

  • Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs. With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven't budged in more than 20 years. "I don't know of any support for...

  • Study: $18B to divert Missouri River to irrigate farms Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 4:38 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Building a 360- mile aqueduct to reroute water from the Missouri River to irrigate crops in western Kansas where underwater stores are being exhausted would cost $18 billion and require an additional $1 billion each year to operate, a new draft report shows. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that building an aqueduct to transport excess...

  • PIERRE, S.D.— Citibank's efforts to reclaim $30 million in overpaid taxes have reached the South Dakota Supreme Court, where the financial group argued Wednesday against "inequity" in the way the state has dealt with bank franchise taxes. South Dakota's Department of Revenue rejected Citibank's claim, and the state has argued that the firm didn't request a...

  • Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said they have come up with a working proposal and, working with lawmakers from both parties, planned to begin the process of publicly discussing and formally drafting legislation this week. The FCC has been weighing for...

  • The FCC has been weighing for nearly a year what legal standards and rules would be best to govern how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks to make sure they treat all Internet content fairly. Recent indications showed that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was leaning toward regulating ISPs more strictly under a section of the...

  • Wall Street is also punishing the sector. "The producers have to be getting murdered," said Steven Boyd, senior managing director at Sun Coast Resources Inc., a Houston- based distributor of petroleum and alternative fuels. Blue Ridge Biofuels, a small biodiesel producer in Asheville, North Carolina, that makes its product from used restaurant cooking oil, says...

  • New year brings wage hike for millions of workers Thursday, 1 Jan 2015 | 3:28 PM ET
    Protesters march through the streets demanding a raise on the minimum wage to $15 per hour on Dec. 4, 2014, in New York.

    With the onset of the new year, 29 states will exceed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour at the beginning of January.

  • Proved reserves of crude oil and lease condensate in North Dakota, meanwhile, surpassed those in the federal Gulf of Mexico in 2013, ranking it second only to Texas among U.S. states, EIA said. Collectively, North Dakota and Texas accounted for 90 percent of the overall net increase in U.S. proved oil reserves in 2013.. Tight oil plays accounted for 28 percent of all...

  • Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week. The Senate could take up the bill next week, possibly on Tuesday. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chair of the Senate energy panel, led the effort to approve the bill in her chamber, but it appeared on Thursday that she did not yet have enough votes for passage.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The following are written statements issued in response to President Obama' s comments on Monday pressuring the federal communications regulator to adopt Internet traffic rules that would treat Internet providers more like public utilities. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...