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'Everyone is expendable’ Oilfield service companies, workers deal with layoffs in wake of low oil prices

'Everyone is expendable’  Oilfield service companies, workers deal with layoffs in wake of low oil prices

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A few weeks ago, a man walked into Command Center, a temporary labor and staffing service in downtown Dickinson, and said he needed a job after being laid off from a high-paying position on an oil rig.


Following the work RV lots experience effects of oil slowdown

DICKINSON, N.D. -- When drilling in the Bakken was at its height and people flooded the area from across the country to take jobs, houses and apartments were in high demand. Costs climbed as a result.

House adds its OK to oil tax changes

BISMARCK – A bill to reform North Dakota’s oil taxes is on its way to the governor’s desk, but questions remain about the implications to the state’s oil tax sharing agreement with the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Senate approves changing oil taxes

BISMARCK – Senate lawmakers voted 32-15 late Thursday in favor of lowering the oil extraction tax and removing price-based tax breaks after three hours of vigorous debate.

Bakken boom gets TV treatment in ‘Boomtowners’

Bakken boom gets TV treatment in ‘Boomtowners’

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Creators of a new TV show say the goal was to extract the essence of the biggest oil drilling boom in North America.


The west wins more oil tax revenue

BISMARCK – Senate and House lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill designed to send a greater share of oil tax revenue to areas of western North Dakota strained by the impacts of oil development.

Legislature OK’s bill allowing students’ attorneys to take part in disciplinary proceedings

BISMARCK, N.D. – Attorneys representing North Dakota college students soon won’t have to sit on the sidelines during university disciplinary hearings that could lead to suspension or expulsion. State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to Senate Bill 2150, which gives students at the state’s 11 public colleges and universities the right to be represented – at their own expense – by an attorney or advocate who may “fully participate” in such disciplinary hearings. The right doesn’t apply to matters involving academic misconduct.

ND LEGISLATURE: Bill restores funds for sexual assault nurse training and programs

Assistance for human trafficking victims also approved
BISMARCK, N.D. – After being criticized for yanking funding from the bill a week ago, House lawmakers voted Monday to restore $250,000 to legislation designed to shorten wait times for rape victims who need sexual assault examinations. Lawmakers also gave final approval to a bill with $1.25 million in grant funding for organizations that provide treatment and shelter services for human trafficking victims. “These victims are the definition of exploited, and we need to get them services,” said Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson.

ND LEGISLATURE: Senate pulls language forcing rebid of NDPERS contract with Sanford Health Plan

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators scratched language from a bill Monday that could have forced the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System to rebid an expensive contract making Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the group’s roughly 66,000 covered lives on July 1. The Senate unanimously approved amendments to House Bill 1475 but didn’t vote on the amended bill.

Fort Yates woman found dead; man charged with sex abuse

BISMARCK, N.D. -- A Fort Yates man is in federal custody after being accused of sexually assaulting a Fort Yates woman, who was later found dead. Richmond White Eagle, 34, was charged Monday in U.S. District Court of North Dakota with felony sexual abuse of a person physically incapable of declining participation. He was arrested after federal agents from the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs responded after a neighbor reported finding Jessie Manley's body outside of a Fort Yates apartment residence called The Complex on Sunday morning.

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