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  • ND regulators approve route for oil pipeline that will be biggest from Bakken

    01/25/2016 8:03:04 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    InForum ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Mike Nowatzki
    orth Dakota regulators granted a route permit Wednesday for what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state's fruitful Bakken oil field, leaving Iowa as the only state left to approve the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Public Service Commission members Julie Fedorchak and Brian Kalk voted to grant the permit for Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which plans initially to ship up to 450,000 barrels of oil per day on the 1,168-mile pipeline from the Bakken and Three Forks regions in western North Dakota. "This is a massive infrastructure construction project,...
  • Oil Sold for -$0.50 per Barrel. A Negative Price!

    01/18/2016 3:54:46 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-01-2016 | northdakoterrrr
    The oil markets are on edge with oil sinking into the $20s per barrel. And last week we reported on one place where oil is already trading in the single-digits. Canada’s bitumen is selling for just $8 per barrel. But even that rock bottom price is higher than what one oil seller earned for a shipment recently. In a bizarre turn of events, Bloomberg reported that Flint Hill Resources, a refining unit owned by the Koch brothers, said that they would purchase sour crude from North Dakota for $-0.50 per barrel. That’s right: a negative price. Oil has become so...
  • ICE officials can't release status of man accused in Mapleton rape

    01/07/2016 5:09:28 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies
    ValleyNews ^ | January 7, 2016 | Bradford Arick
    Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live): New information in our continued investigation into a Muslim man accused of raping a woman at a Mapleton, North Dakota travel plaza. Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ali remains in the Cass County Jail. The federal government says they cannot tell us Ali’s immigration status or if he’s a naturalized citizen. We investigated to find out why this is not a matter of public record. Shocked: that’s what regular customers at Gordy’s Travel Plaza said on the day of the assault back in early December. “So it is just shocking, I mean you get to know every customer...
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad (R) Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines

    11/04/2015 1:21:01 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    http://whotv.com ^ | 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Governor Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines Posted 10:11 pm, November 2, 2015, by Aaron Brilbeck, Updated at 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa -- This week, the Iowa Utilities Board will discuss whether to use eminent domain to seize property from landowners to use for a massive oil pipeline. Dakota Access, LLC wants to use the land for an underground pipeline that would carry roughly a half million barrels of crude oil from North Dakota, through Iowa and to a distribution center in Illinois. Governor Branstad says he believes eminent domain can and should be used for some pipeline...
  • North Dakota No Longer Attractive For Drillers Or Refiners

    11/04/2015 8:11:38 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 15 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-11-2015 | NDakota
    The performance of Blood & Oil, a soap opera based on the North Dakota oil boom, is not going well. The show saw its episodes trimmed by ABC amid tepid viewer interest. But the real life Bakken is also suffering from a lack of interest, a development that doesn’t bode well for the oil-producing region. The Bakken had been a key part of the U.S. shale boom over the past half-decade. But production peaked at 1.22 million barrels per day in December 2014. Since then production has bounced around, with month-to-month fluctuations, but is slightly down from that high point...
  • ISIS releases Kill List of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released Kill List, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • N.D. to use abortion legal funds to pay fees in gay marriage ban case

    09/10/2015 8:23:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    grandforksherald.com ^ | Sep 9, 2015 | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK Some of the money set aside by North Dakota lawmakers to defend the state against legal challenges to its abortion laws will instead be used to cover attorneys fees awarded to lawyers for couples who challenged the states gay marriage ban. The state Emergency Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve a request by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to transfer $75,000 from the abortion litigation fund to a separate fund for general litigation expenses. Last month, the state agreed to pay $58,000 in attorneys fees and costs in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of seven same-sex couples who...
  • Judge won't halt water rule nationwide

    09/05/2015 9:47:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2015 | Devin Henry
    A federal judge on Friday declined to halt the Obama administration's controversial water rule nationwide, rebuffing the request of 13 states that are battling with the Environmental Protection Agency.Judge Ralph Erickson of the North Dakota U.S. District Court ruled that there are significant prudential reasons to limit the scope of the injunction he already gave the 13 states last week. Other courts have denied injunctions, he said, and some states want to implement the Waters of the United States rule. On the one hand, there is a desirability for uniformity regarding a national rule with national application, Erickson wrote. On...
  • Worldview: A shocking silence on ISIS's sex slavery

    08/31/2015 10:24:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Inquirer ^ | August 30, 2015 | Trudy Rubin
    One of the most heinous of the endless war crimes of the Islamic State has been the systematic rape of thousands of young girls and women - who are sold as sex slaves. Most of the victims come from the Yazidi religious minority, labeled nonbelievers by ISIS. They were captured when ISIS invaded northern Iraq last year and wiped out their communities. But one of the sex slaves was a fresh-faced blond American, a 25-year-old aid worker who was captured in Syria in August 2013. Kayla Mueller was chained in a room and raped for months by the leader of...
  • Twin Falls, ID: Article tells us why you must demand answers BEFORE refugees begin arriving

    08/30/2015 10:06:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | August 30, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    of course the trick will be trying to figure that out! Twin Falls, Idaho has developed a very active and competent Pocket of Resistance in spite of the local medias effort to denigrate opponents of the UN/US State Department plan to further seed the community with third world refugees. This round of controversy began in earnest back in April when the local resettlement contractor bragged to the media that Syrian (mostly Muslim) refugees were coming to Idaho. ... Once they get a program up and running in your town, it becomes almost impossible to shutter it later because they are...
  • Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota

    09/01/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 26 Aug 2015 | Gregory Ferenstein
    Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United Stateswith non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The laws author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance.But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons. Becker worries that this new franken-bill will have dramatic unintended consequences.I think its important to maintain the humanity in making decisions to deploy weapons against another individual, he...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely, Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • Dalrymple Won't Seek Gubernatorial Re-Election in 2016

    08/24/2015 1:02:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, blowing the gubernatorial race wide open and intensifying speculation over whether Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will seek the states highest office. The 66-year-old Dalrymple said in a news release that he and first lady Betsy Dalrymple plan to spend more time with family, including their five grandchildren. It continues to be my great privilege to serve my state, service that includes 16 years as a state representative, 10 years as lieutenant governor and (the) last five-plus years as governor, he said. North Dakota...
  • White Supremacist Wants to Take Over, Rename Town After Donald Trump

    08/24/2015 12:59:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Aug 14, 2015 | Adrian Glass-Moore
    After white supremacist Craig Cobb tried and failed to start a whites-only enclave in the tiny North Dakota town of Leith, he set his sights on another community: Antler, population 20-something. But establishing a presence in the town, just a few minutes from the Canadian border, has proved difficult for Cobb. Last month, he says, he bought $10,000 worth of property in the town's center from Jim Lozensky, who until recently was an Antler resident. The sale included an old bank and two nearby residential lots. Cobb wanted to turn the bank into a church for his racist religion, Creativity...
  • Fargo, ND (and everywhere else) to be slammed with new refugees in next seven weeks

    08/08/2015 7:48:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Why the next seven weeks? Because fiscal year 2015 ends on September 30th and the settlers in the US State Department and in their contracting agencies want to hit the Obama target of 70,000 for the year and they have (as of July 31), 18,470 more to go! Actually that 70,000 figure that Obama announced in his Presidential Determination Letter to Congress last September is meant to be a ceiling, not a goal that they necessarily have to hit. However, since the contractors are paid by the head and they have salaries and office overhead to pay, they always try...
  • Letter from Bishop: Decision on Boy Scouts of America (Catholic Diocese Breaks Ties With BSA)

    08/05/2015 8:10:27 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies
    Diocese of Bismarck ^ | 08/03/2015 | Bishop David D. Kagan
    ...[T]he Boy Scouts of America voted to admit openly gay adults into the organization to hold leadership positions. While there are indications that the BSA has a religious organization exception, which each local troop could invoke, that will provide no protection for any of our parishes and/or schools, which sponsor troops. Thus, effective immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of its parishes, schools and other institutions, is formally disaffiliated with and from the Boy Scouts of America. If your parish sponsors a troop, your priest has been asked to inform those persons...
  • Federal appeals court affirms ruling blocking North Dakota abortion ban

    07/23/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    duluthnewstribune.com ^ | Jul 22, 2015 | Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service
    BISMARCK A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower courts decision to block a 2013 North Dakota law that would have imposed the strictest abortion ban in the nation by outlawing abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the lawsuit in June 2013 on behalf of the Red River Womens Clinic in Fargo, the states lone abortion provider, applauded the opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Its beyond time these anti-choice politicians in North Dakota and...
  • CALIFORNIA FACES THE SKYROCKETING GASOLINE PRICES BROWN FEARS

    07/13/2015 11:14:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 13, 2015 | chriss w. street
    GasBuddystarted an emergencypetitionon Friday calling on Governor Brown to obtain an EPA waiver to prevent gasoline price increases of at least 50-cents a gallon in Southern California and 30-cents in Northern California. As Breitbart News warned in December in Brown Needs Oil Trains to Prevent Skyrocketing Energy Prices,: decades of anti-oil-production-policies in the Democrat-controlled state had made residents highly reliant on inconsistent supplies of oil from Iraq and oil trains from North Dakota. With supplies now breaking down, Californians are sure to be angry paying $5 a gallon for gasoline. GasBuddy noted that an extraordinary convergence of fuel supply problems...
  • North Dakota tribal panel wants to regulate oil development

    06/24/2015 1:11:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 6-24-2015 | JAMES MACPHERSON, AP
    BISMARCK, N.D. Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation say they can't count on federal or state regulators or their own tribal government to monitor the boom, so they are moving to do it themselves. Industry officials question whether the tribe has the jurisdiction to impose such rules and warned the change could severely slow oil production on the reservation, which accounts for about a third of the state's 1.1 million barrels of daily oil production. Lone Fight and other tribal leaders from the region said they are fed up with everything from...
  • Liberian Community Speaking Out After Recent Street War, "Our Name Should Be Left Out Of It

    The local Liberian community is speaking out, saying they have been misrepresented by a few members of their same culture, breaking the law. "This should not happen to us, as a minority group people should not address us when an individual do things. They should address the person, and our name should be left out of it, because we are good people," says Aaron Dinuker, President of the Liberian Community in North Dakota. Members of the local Liberian community sat down with the Fargo Police Department to talk about recent crime, and come up with some solutions. Those at the...
  • 'Immigrant Groups Are Battling It Out In The Streets Of Fargo

    06/15/2015 8:05:20 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/10/2015 | Chuck Ross
    A manhunt is underway in Fargo, N.D. after two separate groups of immigrants from unknown countries began waging what is being described as a street war against each other earlier this week. A group of 70 people were gathered when an altercation of some sort ensued. Men affiliated with one immigrant group smashed out the window of a car with a crowbar. The same men vandalized another vehicle shortly after. Police were initially called to the park because a DJ had been hired and party-goers were drinking alcohol, in violation of park rules. According to Valley News, while police have...
  • Armed Home Invasion Latest in Street War Between Two Immigrant Groups [Fargo, ND]

    06/14/2015 7:14:11 PM PDT · by MrBambaLaMamba · 26 replies
    valleynewslive.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Valley News Live
    Police are investigating an armed home invasion, and a crash that followed in South Fargo. Lt. Joel Vettel says they are looking for two people of interest: Luke Goodridge and Isaac Nyemah. Police say Goodridge, Nyemah, and the others involved, are the same people who have been caught up in a street crime war for the past several days. Officers say following a home invasion, several people left in a car. People in the home jumped into another car and gave chase. That led up to the crash. At least two people involved in the home invasion jumped out of...
  • Police: U.S. Airman Marcell Willis Shoots Walmart Workers, Kills Self

    05/27/2015 2:37:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    A U.S. airman with no apparent motive walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota early Tuesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, police said. Grand Forks police said the shooting a few minutes after 1 a.m. may have been random, with no link yet found between Marcell Willis, 21, and either the store or the employees. Willis was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, about a dozen miles west of the city....
  • Oil-patch women say energy industry is safe place with opportunities(Antfrac group says no)

    05/25/2015 3:05:38 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    foxnews ^ | 5/25/15 | r port
    <p>Judging by its critics, the energy industry and specifically the oil and gas industry in North Dakota isnt female-friendly. Yet women who live and work in the oil patch say the energy industry isnt just a safe place for women, but that there are plenty of opportunities for everybody.</p>
  • Anti-gay Republican state lawmaker comes out after Grindr account exposed

    04/29/2015 9:43:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | By Jessica Chasmar
    North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning has come out as bisexual after a 21-year-old man claimed the Republican sent him a photo of his genitals via the gay dating site Grindr. Mr. Boehning, 52, says the man who came forward is retaliating against him for a recent vote against expanding gay rights, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported. Dustin Smith, 21, contacted the newspaper earlier this month, saying he recognized Mr. Boehning from Grindr, chatting under the user name Top Man! According to exchanges reviewed by The Forum, Mr. Boehning sent Mr. Smith an unsolicited photo of his penis on March...
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Shop: Ban of those who nixed gay rights bill served purpose (Red Raven Espresso Parlor, Fargo ND)

    04/12/2015 10:06:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 12, 2015 10:45 AM EDT | Dave Kolpack
    A worker-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been 99.9 percent positive and that he made his point, even if a few people didnt like it. Joe Curry, one of the worker-owners of the Red Raven Espresso Parlor, posted a newspaper page in the shop earlier this month that showed the 55 Republican state House members who rejected a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. It was accompanied by a sign...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obamas immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the countrys most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the presidents effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the presidents 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Bird flu confirmed at 1 ND turkey farm, 4 more in Minnesota

    04/10/2015 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:23 PM EDT | Steve Karnowski
    A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the new cases in Minnesota of the highly contagious H5N2 strain are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties. The four new farms housed a combined 189,000 turkeys. In North Dakota, State Veterinarian Susan Keller said the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2...
  • ND: Gun Law Reform Amended in Senate, returned to House

    04/09/2015 4:47:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An omnibus gun law reform bill has been making its way through the legislature. It was introduced in North Dakota by Representative Roscoe Streyle, from Minot. The bill, HB 1241(pdf), would bring into law reforms that have proven popular in other states. Among the reforms in the bill: 1. The restrictions on the use of legal gun mufflers and short barreled rifles for hunting would be removed. These restrictions never made any sense, and are being eliminated all over the country. 35 states do not prevent the use of gun mufflers for hunting; no legislative purpose for the heavy...
  • School District Discriminates Against Pro-Life Clubs

    04/08/2015 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2015 | Blake Neff
    Two students seeking to start school pro-life clubs in Fargo, North Dakota, are claiming they are victims of unconstitutional discrimination from officials opposed to theircause.According to a complaint lettersent by the Thomas More Society (TMS), a public interest law firm assisting the students, Brigid OKeefe of Fargo North High School and Katie McPherson of Fargo DaviesHigh School have each spent months attempting to establish pro-life clubs at their schools, to no avail. McPhersonfirst applied to found a club in September 2014, while OKeefeapplied last February. Both had their applications declined, with OKeefe saying she and other potential club members were...
  • ND House kills bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation

    04/03/2015 7:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    INFORUM ^ | April 2, 2015 | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK For the third time in six years, North Dakota lawmakers have killed legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, despite warnings from some Democrats and Republicans that it could tarnish the growing states image and attract backlash similar to what Indiana and Arkansas have faced in recent days. Kevin Tengesdal, a gay U.S. Navy veteran from Bismarck who had testified for the bill and helped fill the House balcony in support of it Thursday, brushed away tears and hugged fellow supporters outside the chamber after the vote. It was disheartening. When can our voice be heard?...
  • University of North Dakota begins campaign to find nickname

    04/01/2015 6:46:22 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-31-15 | AP
    The University of North Dakota is looking for suggestions for a new nickname. The school's nickname committee will be accepting submissions beginning Wednesday until the end of the April. The names must be 25 characters or less. The committee says it is looking for nicknames that are unique, promote pride and strength, represent the state and region, honor the traditions and heritage of the past, and can be a unifying and rallying symbol. A consulting group will research the suggestions for any trademark or copyright infringement. The committee will narrow down the choices for a public vote. The school's Fighting...
  • Fargo Police Want Citizens To Give Them Voluntary Access To Their Video Streams

    03/25/2015 9:03:47 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    SayAnythingBlog.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Rob Port
    The Fargo Police Department has launched a voluntary program whereby theyre requesting that citizens give them access to their video feeds in exchange for a sticker: FARGO If youve got a video camera, police want to take a peek.A new program unveiled Tuesday allows residents and business owners here to give police access to their video cameras. Police say theyd like to use the footage to solve and deter crime. The program, called SafeCam, helps citizens be proactive in protecting their homes, said Officer Jessica Schindeldecker.Those who register their cameras will receive a Police Department sticker, intended to deter...
  • Family Says Racist Photo of Denfeld Student 'Absolutely a Hate Crime' (Minnesota)

    03/10/2015 6:52:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    WDAY-TV ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Haavik, WDIO TV
    The Duluth School District is deciding how to move forward after a racist photo surfaced at Denfeld High School through social media. The photo showed an African American student with a noose around his neck, and the caption "Gotta hang em all." Stephan Witherspoon says the student in the picture is his nephew. "I feel heartbroken," he said. "A little fearful. Because, you know, this type of hate represents a lot more than just a picture that was spread around in the school. It represents a people that have been oppressed for hundreds of years hosed and burned and...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehrans nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system, the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices which you should seriously...
  • Low Oil Price May Stifle Deepwater Drilling And Oil Sands But Not Fracking

    03/01/2015 8:53:15 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/01/2015
    Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle production in the U.S. and other competing nations, but they didnt drop it enough to stifle the U.S. oil and gas boom from fracking, a senior expert with McKinsey and Company said in Chicago. If the Saudis think theyre going to put U.S. shale players out of business, theyre probably not, although there will be less drilling, Joe Quoyeser told about 125 people, mostly graduate students, at Northwestern Universitys Kellogg Energy Conference on Wednesday. But there are other elements of oil supply that are needed to balance the market...
  • The Saudi project, part two Oil is back over $60 a barrel. Is the market returning to normal?

    02/20/2015 4:33:23 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    The Economist ^ | Feb 21st 2015 | The Economist
    STAGE one of Saudi Arabias planor perhaps hopeto restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production while prices fell, the Saudis permitted a big surplus to grow and served notice on higher-cost rivals (Russia, Venezuela, American shale-oil producers) that they would not prop up other peoples profit margins at the expense of their own market share. That signal has been weakened by the growing amount of oil in storage, which is absorbing most of the glut. World oil stocks rose about 265m barrels last year and Socit Gnrale, a French bank, reckons they...
  • Minnesota Muslim group: North Dakota GOP should apologize

    02/21/2015 10:45:14 AM PST · by skeptoid · 26 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 20, 2015 at 1:19 p.m. | Forum News Service
    MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota Muslim group is calling on North Dakota Republican leaders to apologize for un-inviting a Muslim leader from offering an invocation before the state House. "Lawmakers of any political persuasion should reject religious bigotry and exclusion," Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota chapter, said Friday in a statement. House Republican leaders said earlier they asked Nadim Koleilat not to participate on Ash Wednesday after some in Republican House members complained it was inappropriate. Koleilat, who leads the Bismarck Muslim Community Center, was asked by the state Senate to offer an invocation the...
  • House Republicans cancel prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday; say they'll reschedule him

    02/21/2015 10:32:28 AM PST · by skeptoid · 18 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 20, 2015 at 1:31 a.m. | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK Republican leaders in the North Dakota House of Representatives said they canceled the opening prayer by a Muslim on Ash Wednesday because some members thought it was more appropriate to have a Christian deliver the invocation. Dr. Nadim Koleilat, board president of the Bismarck Muslim Community Center, ended up giving the invocation in the Senate instead of the House. Comments made on the District 24 Republicans Facebook page including one posted Monday that called Koleilats planned appearances in the House on Wednesday and in the Senate next week political correctness at its worst were brought to...
  • Crude Oil Markets Tread Water, Rally Losing Steam

    02/20/2015 11:29:27 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | February 21, 2015 14:58 GMT | Daniel J. Graeber
    NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Oil prices were treading water early in the Friday session as markets weighed latest inventory data and production figures from the United States. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, was relatively unchanged from the previous session to trade at $51.10 for the March contract. WTI has recovered from late January lows below $45 per barrel and have rallied for most of February.
  • Lawmakers hear 'john school,' forced abortion bills (North Dakota)

    02/05/2015 12:59:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    thedickinsonpress.com ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | Katherine Lymn
    BISMARCK -- Legislators continued their look at new bills to combat sex trafficking in North Dakota on Tuesday, taking up proposals to require school for "johns" and increased penalties for pimps that force abortions. Anti-trafficking groups are hoping for the adoption of a uniform trafficking law, increased penalties for sellers and buyers of commercial sex and significant resources for victims. Hearings on the package of bills began last week by the Senate Judiciary committee. Senate Bill 2332, from Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, goes after the demand for commercial sex, which many say creates the market for pimps. The bill...
  • Judge dismisses case against anti-abortion activist (North Dakota)

    02/03/2015 9:16:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    bismarcktribune.com ^ | 2/3/2015 | Andrew Sheeler
    A Northwest District Court judge has dismissed a disorderly conduct case against a Williston man who, last fall, drove a truck displaying graphic photos of aborted fetuses. Judge Paul Jacobson dismissed the case against Robert Arthur Rudnick on Monday. While on patrol on July 31, a Williston police officer stopped a vehicle driven by Rudnick that was towing a trailer with graphic signs taped on both sides. Rudnick was one of many people in North Dakota advocating on behalf of Measure 1, which would have added an "inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development"...
  • N.D. Catholic school students to lead national anti-abortion march

    01/20/2015 6:10:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    bismarcktribune.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Amy R. Sisk
    Students who attend Catholic schools in North Dakota will carry the lead banner next week in the annual March for Life on the National Mall in Washington. More than 160 students from schools within the Bismarck Diocese will join their peers from Shanley High School in Fargo to lead a crowd expected to exceed 500,000 in the anti-abortion march, said Nick Emmel, a religious studies teacher at St. Mary's Central High School. While in Washington, students also will attend conferences, tour the monuments and visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he said. This is the second year students from...
  • Appeals Court Hears Arkansas, North Dakota Abortion Cases

    01/13/2015 5:32:51 PM PST · by Morgana
    abc news ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press
    A closely watched legal fight over two of the nation's most stringent abortion bans resumed Tuesday, with attorneys for North Dakota and Arkansas asking a federal appeals court to reinstate two laws overturned by two separate lower federal courts. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard back-to-back oral arguments Tuesday but made no immediate ruling after giving each side 15 minutes to present its case. Several questions by the three-judge panel suggested that the two states face a difficult task to uphold laws that seemingly challenge the U.S. Supreme Court standard established more than four decades...
  • N.D. Supreme Court refuses to rehear medication abortion law

    01/07/2015 5:24:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WDAZ ^ | 1.7.05 | orum Staff Report
    BISMARCK The North Dakota Supreme Court has declined to rehear arguments against their ruling that upheld a state law passed in 2011 that limits drug-induced abortions. The states only abortion clinic petitioned the high court for a rehearing in November to clarify what it called ambiguities in the effects of House Bill 1297. The bill makes it illegal for doctors to provide medication abortions unless they have a contract with another doctor who has admitting privileges at an area hospital.
  • Oil price drop expected to hurt fringe areas in Bakken the most

    01/04/2015 6:09:26 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    In Forum ^ | Jan 2, 2015 | Katherine Lymn
    en Chorn had a good vacation in Minnesota last month, making it to a Vikings game, a hockey game in Duluth and getting engaged. But while he was gone, the price of oil hit him personally. While on vacation, I got a call from someone whos covering for me and said, Hey your rigs being laid down, said Chorn, who does geology work on rigs for Sunburst Consulting. Hes had a slow six weeks since then. The oil price drop will impact fringe regions in the Bakken the most, experts said, because the oil there costs more to extract. I...
  • Railcar Bottleneck Looms for Oil

    12/22/2014 6:14:48 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | BOB TITA
    One-third of the crude oil hauled from North Dakotas Bakken Shale region by railcars could be forced off the tracks and into expensive truck fleets in the next four years, according to a railcar-industry trade group. The Railway Supply Institute says there arent enough shops to retrofit cars carrying flammable liquids in time to meet proposed federal deadlines, and that tens of thousands of cars will be idled as a result. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants tank cars carrying crude oil to be retrofitted with more puncture-resistant features in two years, and those carrying ethanol to be upgraded in...
  • As they say in Kentucky; "Cymru am bith".

    08/29/2002 9:51:38 AM PDT · by scouse · 65 replies · 1,787+ views
    News Wales (UK) ^ | 8/26/02 | Unknown
    Did the Welsh discover America? 26/8/2002 A team of historians and researchers announced today that Radio Carbon dating evidence, and the discovery of ancient British style artefacts and inscriptions in the American Midwest, provide the strongest indications yet" that British explorers, under the Prince Madoc ap Meurig, arrived in the country during the 6th Century and set up colonies there. Research team members have known the location of burial sites of Madoc's close relatives in Wales for some time, it emerged today; but they have decided to break their self-imposed silence in order that their research be fully known and...
  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/16/2014 5:05:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 79 replies
    Governing ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
    Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. The original 17 states, including Alabama, Kansas and Texas, filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, arguing that Obama overstepped his powers in enacting such changes on his own. "The president's proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of...