ND misses chance to avoid possible oil tax disaster

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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Money from taxes on oil and gas development represented more than half of all revenue in 2013.

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As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Roxana Valverde

Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Google-owned app helps criminals, ND Highway Patrol says

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota law enforcement says that smart-phone app you use to navigate your holiday travel actually may be helping criminals.
Waze is a Google-owned navigation app that allows users to help one another avoid traffic and road hazards through reporting. Among the features Waze offers is the ability […]

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The empire strikes back: Saudi Arabia takes on U.S. shale

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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OPEC leader Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on U.S. shale oil producers in an attempt to protect its share of the global market.

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University system seeks broad exemption from open records law

By   /  December 9, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

CLOSED RECORDS: North Dakota University System officials, including State Board of Higher Education President Kirsten Diederich and Chancellor Larry Skogen, are backing legislation to institute a broad exemption from open records request for evaluations of university presidents.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota University System officials say they want an exemption from open records request only for draft versions of evaluations for university presidents, but legislation pre-filed by the system indicates a much broader request.
At a Nov. 20 meeting of the State Board of Higher Education, […]

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NY Times is biased, ND governor says, so he won’t comment

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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When the New York Times came to North Dakota to cover the oil boom, reporters never got to talk with Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

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