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  • Nearly a decade of dizzying growth is starting to unsettle North Dakota. The education system is lagging and the state still trails in tech.

  • The recovery is taking hold. Companies are hiring. State finances are looking up. Time for things to get nasty as states vie for business.

  • High labor demand has driven wages sky high in Williston, N.D. where Hardee's franchisee Jon Munger says his crew members can earn more than double the minimum wage.

    Want to pay minimum wage? Might as well hang up an "Out of Business" sign in this energy-rich pocket of the U.S.

  • Wonder which state has the lowest crime rate, ranks high in environmental quality, parks and recreation and access to health care? Read on.

  • A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota

    U.S. companies moving crude via rail must tell states when a cargo is moving across their jurisdiction, the Transportation Secretary said.

  • In this photo made on Saturday, March 1, 2014, William Saum stands near his front porch in Clarksburg, W. Va. In March of 2013, a truck carrying drilling water overturned onto a car carrying his wife and two young sons. Both children, 7-year-old Nicholas Mazzei-Saum and 8-year-old Alexander, were killed.

    Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads.

  • Oil-by-rail shippers have mostly ignored U.S. government requests for data that aim to prevent mishaps, officials said on Friday.

  • President Barack Obama at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Eleven Democratic senators urged Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone.

  • A top U.S. senator said a government office has the power to approve limited petroleum exports, and partly bypass a 40-year crude export ban.

  • North Dakota's flare for capturing energy

    Gov. Jack Dalrymple, R-N.D., explains how his state is attempting to improve natural gas production by capturing more than a third of the product that burns away.

  • Want a job? Try North Dakota

    Gov. Jack Dalrymple, R-N.D., discusses his state's success in creating jobs and reducing unemployment.

  • An oil and gas well site outside Williston, N.D.

    Lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports is the fastest way the drilling boom can counter Russia, Continental Resources' CEO will tell Congress.

  • Students protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on March 2, 2014.

    If the pipeline isn't built, some experts say, "the most toxic fossil fuel on the planet" will still find its way to the surface. NBC News reports.

  • A BNSF Railway Company train.

    BNSF Railway plans to buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest industry standards.

  • Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS trying to obtain coverage under Obamacare are in danger of being thrown out of their insurance plan.

  • A file picture of a Canadian National Railway freight car in Toronto.

    A Canadian National Railway train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.

  • U.S. shale oil drillers are being treated as "milk cows" for refiners due to Washington's longstanding ban on U.S. crude exports, one of the top drillers has complained.

  • Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

    How does your state stack up when it comes to millionaire households? A new study crunches the numbers.

  • This photo provided by Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk shows a train derailment and fire west of Casselton, N.D.

    Recent accidents have analysts looking at companies that could be exposed to new rules governing oil shipments from the Bakken region.

  • The federal government issued a safety alert that crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude.