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Study: Drivers to face delays at railroad crossings due to oil

September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — Runaway oil production could slow road traffic as drivers face longer delays to cross train tracks in many congested regions, a U.S. study released on Friday predicted.
Oil, coal and grain shipments are taxing the national rail grid a…continue reading on

EIA chief: Oil prices would hit $150 a barrel without US shale

September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — If U.S.-led attacks knock out oil fields controlled by Islamic State militants, petroleum from the American drilling boom could make up for any shortfall on global markets, a report released by a Republican senator said on Wednesday.
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Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives

September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross.

These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief wor…continue reading on

Dakotas human trafficking laws lacking, group says: Minnesota’s Safe Harbor law sets standard for others

September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — North Dakota and South Dakota have the nation’s weakest laws on human trafficking, according to a set of ratings released Wednesday by a nonprofit organization fighting modern-day slavery.
Minnesota, meanwhile, was among the states …continue reading on

Big crop gets bigger: USDA raises U.S. corn, soybean estimates

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain mar…continue reading on

Coal plants face challenges adapting to EPA rules: 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions required by 2030

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — North Dakota faces the prospect of having to significantly expand its electricity generation at the same time the nation’s utilities are grappling with looming regulations to restrict coal-fired sources.
Utility representatives and regul…continue reading on

USPS won’t cut back hours for 30 Bakken post offices

September 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — The U.S. Postal Service pledged Thursday to maintain current hours at 30 post offices in central and western North Dakota, contrary to a recent agency report that suggested other plans.
North Dakota’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Heidi…continue reading on

Officials: U.S. general killed, 14 wounded in Afghan academy attack

August 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

KABUL - A U.S. general was killed and more than a dozen people were wounded, including a German general, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, U.S., German and Afghan officials said on Tuesday.


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Senate shortens transport extension, sets up clash with House

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an $8.1 billion extension of federal funding for transportation projects through the end of 2014, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives just days ahead of cutbacks in money for road, b…continue reading on

Biofuel groups: Ethanol needs separate treatment in rail rules

July 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ethanol industry pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a “one size fits all” approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often corn-based biofuel…continue reading on