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Top News & Analysis North Dakota

  • HOUSTON— The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 15 this week to 913.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost eight rigs, Alaska and Wyoming each declined by two and New Mexico and Utah each lost one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage. "The Plant Board's arbitrary approach also has deprived, and if left unchecked will continue to...

  • A budget measure approved by the Republican-controlled Senate late Thursday allows Congress to pursue legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the remote refuge on a majority vote. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska said Congress can create jobs and enhance energy security by opening a small section of the 19.6 million-acre site to drilling.

  • WASHINGTON— Employers cut jobs in six U.S. states last month, particularly in hurricane-hit Florida, while hiring increased in five and was mostly unchanged in 39 states. The Labor Department said Friday that Florida lost 127,000 jobs last month, mostly in hotels, restaurants and in construction, after Hurricane Irma flooded much of the state.

  • Prosecutors at the Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia have filed 36 lawsuits and other legal actions against companies they say falsely promise debt relief, charging more than $95 million in illegal fees in recent years. But they say the Education Department and its contracted loan servicing companies fail to steer borrowers...

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The Senate methodically worked through a pack of amendments, with Republicans rebuffing Democrats'...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River. Boasberg ruled on Oct. 11 that oil could keep flowing from western North Dakota...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. Once the budget plan passes through the GOP- controlled Congress, the House and Senate can then advance a follow-up tax overhaul measure without fear of a filibuster by...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A Minnesota judge has taken the unusual step of allowing four protesters to use a "necessity defense," enabling them to present evidence that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that they were justified in trying to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines last year. Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein...

  • The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are pushing the drilling plan, a longtime GOP goal, as a way to help pay for proposed tax cuts promised by President Donald Trump. The drilling plan is included in a GOP budget proposal for the current fiscal year and is expected to generate an estimated $1 billion over 10 years. Maria Cantwell of Washington...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. Once the budget plan passes through the GOP- controlled Congress, the House and Senate can then advance a follow-up tax overhaul measure without fear of a filibuster by...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 17- President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after it become public that he spearheaded a bill that undercut the government's power to crack down on opioid makers that were flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Tom Marino, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through the winter. Alfalfa hay production in North Dakota is down 30 percent from last year, and production of all other hay is down 43...

  • FINRA ORDERS WELLS FARGO BROKERAGE TO PAY CLIENTS $3.4 MLN FOR INAPPROPRIATE SALES OF VOLATILITY-LINKED PRODUCTS.

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania each gained one rig. Texas lost four rigs, Oklahoma declined by three, California lost two and Louisiana and West Virginia each declined by one. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • ATTRITION OF EMPLOYEES IN WELLS FARGO'S COMMUNITY BANK AT LOWEST LEVELS IN 6 YEARS- WELLS FARGO CEO TIM SLOAN.

  • Dec. 2014— Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners applies to the federal government to build the 1,200- mile, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to carry half a million barrels of North Dakota oil daily through the Dakotas and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois. April 2016— Opponents establish a camp in southern North Dakota for peaceful protest.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen North Dakota landowners who alleged the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and a consultant used deceit and fraud to acquire private land easements for the project. District Judge Daniel Hovland in a ruling dated Tuesday sided with a subsidiary of Texas- based Energy...

  • Later in June, Boasberg ordered the Army Corps to conduct further environmental reviews of the pipeline, saying it failed to adequately consider any harm of a potential oil spill to the fishing and hunting rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. That pushed the Standing Rock tribe in August to urge the court to immediately shut the line, saying its members were...

  • In June, Boasberg ordered the Army Corps to do further environmental reviews of the pipeline, saying it failed to adequately consider any harm of a potential oil spill to the fishing and hunting rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. That pushed the Standing Rock tribe in August to urge the court to immediately shut the line, saying its members were exposed to...