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Revised forecast predicts $4B drop in N.D. oil and gas tax revenue amid sagging oil prices

BISMARCK – A revised state revenue forecast presented Thursday to North Dakota lawmakers predicts the effects of sagging oil prices will cause oil and gas tax revenue to drop more than $4 billion over the next two years compared with the December forecast used in the governor’s budget.

North Dakota officials, advocates testify for trafficking legislation

North Dakota officials, advocates testify for trafficking legislation

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Those fighting human trafficking in North Dakota brought their efforts to the Capitol on Wednesday.


Lawmakers to unveil new ND revenue forecast

BISMARCK -- North Dakota legislators on Thursday will issue a revised revenue forecast reflecting lower oil prices than those assumed by the governor’s budget recommendations for 2015-17.

ND bill would keep some police body-worn camera images from public eye

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With Grand Forks Police Department in the process of outfitting all of its police officers with body-worn cameras, state legislators have introduced a bill to keep recordings taken in a "private place" from filtering into the public's eye.

Accidental deaths from drug use on the rise in North Dakota

Accidental deaths from drug use on the rise in North Dakota

Exact numbers of opiate overdoses unknown, however, ND is lowest for those deaths among U.S. states FARGO – Melissa Patterson knows her daughter, a 22-year-old heroin addict, could die any day from an overdose.


Hess will cut spending but keep drilling in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. – Hess Corp., one of North Dakota’s largest oil and gas producers, will cut spending and operate fewer rigs in the Bakken this year, but plans to drill almost as many wells as last year.

Warmth hurting spill cleanup

Warmth hurting spill cleanup

WILLISTON, N.D. – Temperatures that reached into the 50s here Tuesday hampered cleanup efforts at the site of a massive pipeline leak, making the contamination spread more quickly into the state’s waterways, officials said.


STATE NEWS BRIEFS: Colorado man charged for alleged possession of explosives in Watford City

The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by the Forum News Service: Colorado man charged for alleged possession of explosives in Watford City WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Law officers in McKenzie County have arrested a Colorado man on five felony charges after finding explosives, ammunition and weapons in his vehicle and home Monday.

Student discipline bill gets first hearing: Bill would grant college students the right to an attorney

BISMARCK, N.D. -- A North Dakota legislative committee took no action Monday on a bill that would give the state's university students the right to an attorney during disciplinary hearings.

Bill would allow underage service members to drink on base

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would allow underage active military service members to drink alcohol on base.

Featured Staff Blogs OIL PATCH DISPATCH
Bill would give elected leaders final say on oil penalties
By Amy Dalrymple and Katherine Lymn Forum News Service BISMARCK A bill introduced by a Democratic legislator would require elected officials to sign off before fines levied against oil and gas compan...
1/29/15 at 7:18 PM BISON MEDIA BLOG
Thursday's hot links
A Bison wrestler who is used to taking his opponents to the ground has a hobby that takes him off the ground. See this Beyond the Game feature Lawrence Alexander has racked up enough court time to p...
1/29/15 at 10:05 AM UND HOCKEY
Adams commits to UND
UND picked up a verbal commitment from Honeybaked U16 forward Collin Adams on Wednesday night. Adams is a draft pick of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL and has filled in for the U.S. Under-17 te...
1/28/15 at 10:11 PM MONKE BUSINESS
Dickinson hits 61 degrees, sets record again
Dickinson shattered a temperature record Tuesday, hitting 61 degrees and breaking the old record, set in 2008, by 10 degrees. Temperatures fell just short of the all-time January high for the city,...
1/28/15 at 9:00 PM ASTRO BOB
Seeing Earth's origin through beer-goggles
Despite all the chatter about how important oxygen is (and it is), every day we breathe in far more nitrogen. Earth's atmosphere is composed of 78% of the stuff compared to 21% oxygen. We know that ...
1/28/15 at 3:54 PM

Featured Area Voices UND NEWS
UND Hultberg Lectureship Series features successful College of Business & Public Administration alumnae; set for 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3
The University of North Dakotas 2015 Hultberg Lectureship Series will feature another stellar group of successful alumnae of the College of Business & Public Administration. The event is set for ...
What is a copay?
Health insurance can be confusing. We're here to help. Here's an explanation of an often misunderstood health insurance term and what it means. A COPAYMENT, or a copay, is a set amount you pay w...
1/29/15 at 10:42 AM NDSU NEWS
NDSU statisticians to talk Super Bowl probabilities
Football fans watching the Super Bowl have a chance to see how statistical analysis can help predict the games outcome. A group of NDSU statistics students is using statistical modeling to show how...
Plain Rice Pilaf
In Vol. II Treasured Recipes--from the Kitchens of Members and Friends of the Hayward Womens Golf Club, Marge Gogian suggested that the shish kebab grilled by George the Turk should be served with ric...
Benefits from first spouse if no longer married to second
Q: I am married for the second time and receive my own Social Security retirement. My first husband and I were married for 18 years and he earned lots more money than I did. If I was single again, cou...
1/27/15 at 11:45 AM