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  • For student journalists in North Dakota, free press is getting a bit more free

    Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections thanks to a new state law that observers are hoping will also spur changes nationwide. The measure that took effect this month guarantees student journalists the right to exercise free speech in school-sponsored media, regardless of whether the school supports the media financially or students participate as part of a class.

  • Film about town versus white supremacist showing in state

    An award-winning documentary about a small North Dakota town's struggle to block a white supremacist from establishing an Aryan enclave on their doorsteps will be shown in theaters in the state next month. "Welcome to Leith," by New York filmmakers Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker, chronicles the saga of Leith and its clash with Craig Cobb, who bought property in the town of 16 people in 2012 and encouraged other white supremacists to join him there.

  • Canada's Largest Refinery No Longer Importing Bakken Oil

    The Wall Street Journal says Irving Oil's St. John refinery in New Brunswick has stopped accepting Bakken crude oil. A Wall Street Journal report says a Canadian refinery is turning away the Bakken oil, and will no longer take rail shipments from North Dakota.

  • 4 important tips for navigating the rocky waters of WOTUS rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule is set to go into effect on Friday. Are ranchers prepared to be in compliance with this broad and vague rule? Will the courts overturn the rule? Here are four things you need to know about WOTUS and how to stay out of trouble when EPA comes knocking at your door.

  • Armed Drones for Cops Are Now Legal

    North Dakota police will be free to fire Tasers or tear gas from the air thanks to the influence of Big Drone. It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

  • With Dalrymple out, speculation begins on next ND governor

    In this March 31, 2012 photo, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple, right, wave to the convention delegates while Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and his wife Kathleen celebrate with a kiss after receiving a unanimous ballot at the 2012 North Dakota Republican Convention in Bismarck, N.D. Dalrymple's announcement Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 that he wouldn't seek a second full term sets off a scramble to replace him.

  • 14-person committee named to search for next UND p...

    The North Dakota University System has finalized a committee to search for the next president of the University of North Dakota. The committee that will search for his successor is made up of 14 people, including Board of Higher Education members, UND faculty and students, and others.

  • North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will retire. Could Heidi Heitkamp take his place?

    Even though he probably could have easily won another term, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has decided not to run for re-election next year. Dalrymple had served as lieutenant governor until 2010, when then-Gov. John Hoeven won election to the Senate, but Dalrymple handily won a full term in his own right in 2012.

  • North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will retire. Could Heidi Heitkamp take his place?

    Even though he probably could have easily won another term, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has decided not to run for re-election next year. Dalrymple had served as lieutenant governor until 2010, when then-Gov. John Hoeven won election to the Senate, but Dalrymple handily won a full term in his own right in 2012.

  • North Dakota Gov. Dalrymple Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

    The Republican made the announcement in a news release Monday, ahead of an afternoon news conference. Dalrymple says he and his wife, Betsy, plan to spend more time with family, including their five grandchildren.

  • North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he won't seek re-election in 2016, cites family

    The Republican made the announcement in a news release Monday, ahead of an afternoon news conference. Dalrymple says he and his wife, Betsy, plan to spend more time with family, including their five grandchildren.

  • New Medicaid system in North Dakota to make October debut

    A multimillion-dollar information technology system for Medicaid in North Dakota is expected to be ready this fall after a series of delays and rising costs. The state's new Medicaid Management Information System is tentatively scheduled to go live on Oct. 5, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

  • ND gets grant to help prevent, control communicable diseases

    North Dakota's congressional delegation says the state Health Department has been awarded a $100,000 federal grant aimed at preventing and controlling communicable diseases The delegation says the federal funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Science.

  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation selects Lake Sakakawea as primary water supply

    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has signed the Record of Decision for the Northwest Area Water Supply Project, selecting the preferred alternative which uses Lake Sakakawea as the primary water supply, according to press releases from the offices of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. NAWS will bring water to a 10-county area of northwestern North Dakota, as far north as Sherwood, to Bottineau in the east, and Renville, Burke and Divide Counties in the west. The city of Minot in Ward County will also supplement its water from the Northwest Area Water Supply project.

  • 9 ND Firefighters Help Extinguish Blaze in Wash.

    Firefighters learn to watch each others backs because they stare danger in the face every time they respond to a call. So it's no surprise that people from other states, including nine firefighters from North Dakota, go in to help.

  • ND Dot Launches Dui Crash Victim Memorial Website

    Alcohol was a factor in a crash nearly every nine hours in North Dakota last year, as well as nearly half of all motor vehicle fatality over the past 10 years. For the next 18 days, cops around the state will be even more active than usual in fighting drunk driving.

  • Grant to help Minot International Airport update p...

    Minot International Airport will receive more than $840,000 in federal funding to update its master and layout plans so the facility can better keep pace with growth. Heitkamp says North Dakota's airports are serving a record number of passengers every year and infrastructure upgrades are needed to keep pace with the growth.

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