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  • WILLISTON, N.D., July 27- A subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp donated $5 million on Monday to a North Dakota government housing fund that subsidizes construction of low-cost apartments for teachers and emergency personnel in the state's oil patch. XTO Energy will receive a 100 percent tax write-off for its donation to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, which...

  • "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. Maine and Connecticut have also passed laws requiring the labeling, but those measures don't take effect unless neighboring states...

  • MOORHEAD, Minn.— The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And it's a recipe that seems to be working for one of the few DQs in the country still operating under a 66- year-old contract that allows them to dish up...

  • WASHINGTON— States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. "The reality is, biotechnology has time and time again proved safe," the bill's sponsor, Kansas Republican Rep.

  • House approves bill to tweak coal ash standards Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:54 PM ET

    David McKinley, R- W.Va., said it was needed because the EPA rule leaves open the possibility that coal ash could be designated as hazardous, creating uncertainty for industry. The White House said in its veto threat that the House bill would undermine public health and environmental protections provided by the EPA rule. The EPA rule "articulates clear and...

  • LONDON, July 22- No new well completion reports have been filed in North Dakota since July 10, the longest gap this year, according to daily activity records published by the state's Department of Mineral Resources. North Dakota's regulators consider a well completed when the first oil is produced through wellhead equipment into tanks from the ultimate...

  • GLEN FERRIS, W.Va.— CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. On Feb. 16, 27 cars of a CSX train's 109 cars derailed during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Under a March consent order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the railroad agreed to a long-term...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— The main contractor in Maryland's initially flawed health care exchange website has agreed to repay $45 million to avoid legal action over its performance, officials announced Tuesday. Maryland's website crashed right after opening Oct. 1, 2013, as part of President Barack Obama's health care law, and it wasn't the only state to have problems.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A farm group seeking to block a new law that exempts dairy and swine operations from North Dakota's anti-corporate farming legislation has successfully pushed the matter to a public vote, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Tuesday. Jaeger said his office verified that petitions submitted by the North Dakota Farmers Union have enough valid...

  • GRAINS-Weaker dollar helps U.S. grains recover losses Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    *Corn up after hitting 3- week low on improving U.S. weather. Chicago Board of Trade September wheat was unchanged at $5.32-3/ 4 a bushel by 1157 GMT, after falling to $5.30, its lowest since June 25. Corn rose 0.2 percent to $4.05-3/ 4 a bushel after hitting its weakest since June 30, while soybeans added 0.55 percent to $10.13-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • *Corn drops to 3- week low as U.S. weather improves. Corn slid to a three-week low as investors continued to reduce weather risk premium in the market on prospects of bumper U.S. yields following warmer weather across the Midwest. Corn gave up 0.2 percent to $4.04-1/ 4 a bushel, weakest since June 30, while soybeans added 0.2 percent to $10.09-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • GRAINS-Corn falls for third session, near 3-week low Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 9:05 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 21- U.S. corn fell for a third consecutive session on Tuesday to hover close to a three-week low as forecasts for favorable weather boosted yield prospects. *Chicago Board of Trade December corn lost 0.12 percent to $4.15-1/ 2 a bushel, having slumped 3.5 percent in the previous session when prices hit a three-week low of $4.15-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • WASHINGTON— Congress is about to decide the fate of an obscure federal agency that has become improbably tangled in presidential politics and Republican Party infighting, and the billionaire Koch Brothers may end up on the losing side. Conservative Koch-backed groups are among those pushing Republican lawmakers and candidates to oppose the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident's cause. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 mph before Thursday's wreck, U.S....

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A Texas company appears to have adequately addressed some of the biggest environmental issues facing its $3.8 billion pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois, North Dakota regulators said Monday. North Dakota's Public Service Commission held an informal work session on Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access project, the...

  • This table contains projected and actual enrollment figures for the newly eligible Medicaid population in the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Where available, it also provides the estimated and revised cost of paying for the program during the 2017 fiscal year, when states...

  • CULBERTSON, Montana— Crews have reopened a rail line in northeast Montana where four tank cars derailed and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Matt Jones says the track was reopened about 9 p.m. Friday. Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed Thursday night about five miles...

  • —July 5, 2013: A runaway Montreal, Maine& Atlantic Railway train that had been left unattended derailed, spilling oil and catching fire inside the town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec. The oil was being transported from the Bakken region of North Dakota, the heart of an oil fracking boom, to a refinery in Canada. —Jan. 7, 2014: A 122- car Canadian National Railway train...

  • July 17- The resurgence in drilling seen earlier this month seemed to fizzle this week as U.S. energy firms cut seven oil rigs, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc data showed on Friday. That was the 30th weekly oil rig decline in the past 31 weeks, bringing the total down to 638, the lowest since the last week in June, said Baker Hughes in its closely followed report.