Latest North Dakota state government News

North Dakota Gov. Burgum embraces Trump refugee order

Nov. 19, 2019 6:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday he’s embracing an executive order from President Donald Trump that gives states and cities the authority to refuse to accept refugees. Burgum said in a statement that North Dakota will continue to receive refugees — as long as local...

Legislature aims to fix audit law requiring criminal probe

Nov. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislative leaders are promising a fix to inflexible laws that make mandatory criminal investigations into some audit findings that may be the result of an unintentional mistake. Recent agency audits that were referred for criminal prosecution have sent a ripple of fear...

Federal help approved for North Dakota farmers, ranchers

Nov. 8, 2019 2:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will receive federal help for farmers and ranchers who struggled with an early blizzard and wet harvest conditions. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the secretarial disaster designation on Friday. Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week to help...

3 justices vie to take over top spot on high court

Nov. 7, 2019 12:01 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three North Dakota Supreme Court justices are vying to lead the state's high court, a position that has not been contested for more than a quarter-century. Justices Daniel Crothers, Lisa Fair McEvers, and Jon Jensen filed to fill the chief justice position by the Wednesday midnight...

DOT has a plan to improve driver's licensing services

Nov. 7, 2019 7:41 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Transportation has a plan to improve customer service and wait times at the state's driver's license offices. The DOT says it will increase staff at the state's busiest locations, including Fargo, Bismarck and Williston. KFGO reports the department also...

Burgum urges CBP not to reduce crossing hours at 3 ports

Nov. 6, 2019 12:18 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection not to cut hours of operation at three entry ports on the North Dakota-Canadian border. Border Protection has proposed moving back the closing time at the Maida and Carbury crossings from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Antler...

High court hears challenge of refinery near national park

Nov. 6, 2019 8:29 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has heard the first of two legal challenges to an oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Tuesday's arguments involve a lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association. It's concerned about how the state will regulate...

North Dakota asks South Dakota to help with agency probe

Nov. 5, 2019 1:47 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top law enforcement officer has tabbed authorities in South Dakota to help investigate an agency that allegedly violated state law on contract bidding. North Dakota Auditor Joshua Gallion released a report last month that said the Department of Commerce violated the law...

North Dakota gov wants more monitoring after pipeline leak

Nov. 1, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appealed to Keystone pipeline owner TC Energy to review its inspection and monitoring of the line after it leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) in the northeastern part of the state. Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said the Republican...

Military wants more rules for turbines near nuclear missiles

Oct. 29, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The military wants North Dakota and four other states with nuclear missile arsenals to consider introducing new rules aimed at preventing conflicts between wind turbines and helicopters that provide security at launch facilities. Department of Defense and Air Force officials outlined...