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  • States partner to spur innovation and jobs Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    States are collaborating to create hubs of excellence in a myriad of industries—from food to water tech—to develop homegrown business.

  • 10. North Dakota Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

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

  • States get nasty in the fight for jobs Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

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

  • Fast food jobs pay $20 here... voluntarily Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    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.

  • America's top state to live in is... Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

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

  • US to oil shippers: No more unannounced visits Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 3:20 PM ET
    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.

  • Deadly side effect to fracking boom Monday, 5 May 2014 | 4:16 PM ET
    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.

  • Stop stonewalling on data, feds tell oil shippers Friday, 2 May 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

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

  • Dems to Obama: Get off the dime on Keystone! Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    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.

  • US oil export ban may have easy fix: Murkowski Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 9:12 AM ET

    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 Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 7:46 AM ET
    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 Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 7:43 AM ET
    Want a job? Try North Dakota

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

  • End US oil ban to blunt Russia: Continental CEO Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 8:10 AM ET
    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.

  • What happens if Keystone XL pipeline isn't built Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 9:43 AM ET
    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.

  • Buffett's BNSF buying up to 5,000 safer railcars Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 11:45 AM ET
    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.

  • Obamacare leaves some AIDS patients in limbo Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

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

  • Train derailment causes oil spill in Mississippi Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 4:24 PM ET
    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.

  • US shale oil drillers push for lift on export ban Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    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.

  • Which state leads in millionaires per capita? Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 12:46 PM ET
    Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

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

  • Danger on the rails: New rules could hit stocks Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 11:49 AM ET
    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.