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Pipeline documents case headed to North Dakota high court

Dec. 01, 2021 15:57 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A legal battle is headed to North Dakota's Supreme Court over access to thousands of documents related to the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the company that oversaw security during construction. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer and...

Court largely upholds North Dakota law regulating PBMs

Nov. 19, 2021 14:19 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has largely upheld a North Dakota law aimed at regulating companies that are hired to hold down prescription costs for insurers and employers. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday,...

Funds provided for missing people database in North Dakota

Nov. 18, 2021 08:37 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A database of missing people in North Dakota finally has the funding to get it off the ground. The state Legislature passed a law in 2019 which created the database. And with $300,000 allocated during the recent special session, the Attorney...

North Dakota lawmakers advance ban on vaccine mandates

Nov. 08, 2021 17:34 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bills to prevent vaccine mandates and the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism were among a handful of measures approved for advancement Monday during the opening day of the North Dakota Legislature's special session. More than two dozen...

Vaccines, race theory emerge as session's hot-button issues

Nov. 04, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bills to prevent vaccine mandates and the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism will get hearings — and almost certain approval — when the Republican-controlled Legislature returns to the Capitol next week for a special session. The...

AG to colleges: Obey law barring ties to abortion providers

Nov. 03, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Higher education officials should comply with a state law that forbids a school from funneling grant money to a person or organization that promotes or performs abortions, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Wednesday. ...

State Crime Lab facing challenging staffing issue

Nov. 01, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A declining number of employees at the State Crime Lab in Bismarck has limited what evidence can be processed for law enforcement agencies, according to the attorney general. Eight of 23 lab employees have left in the last two years, including...

North Dakota college presidents to decide on vaccine mandate

Oct. 28, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Thursday that university presidents and system leaders should have the flexibility to decide what to do about President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The board voted to support the idea after a...

North Dakota can claim pipeline policing costs as damages

Oct. 20, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D, (AP) — North Dakota can continue to pursue reimbursement from the federal government of the millions of dollars spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor on Tuesday denied...

North Dakota land commissioner leaves 5 months into 2nd term

Oct. 12, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the agency that handles land rights for some of North Dakota's largest industries has resigned less than five months into her second term, the governor's office said Tuesday. Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Jodi Smith is stepping...