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Colorado ballot measure is about banning fracking

A statewide effort to give Colorado communities “local control” over fracking regulations is in fact an effort to ban fracking throughout the state, according to the recording of a national conference call among anti-fracking groups. The audio was obtained by Complete Colorado, which posted excerpts on its website. Kaye Fissinger, representing the group Local Control

ND tops in growth of female owned businesses

FARGO – North Dakota ranks first for growth in number and economic clout of women-owned businesses in a new census-based report. North Dakota has an estimated 20,700 women-owned firms that employ 21,300 workers and have more than $3.2 million in sales, according to the fourth annual the American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

North Dakota communities among the fastest growing in the nation

Census population estimates show that Williams County grew 10.7 percent between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, faster than any other county in the nation. Dickinson ranked No. 2 and Minot ranked No. 5 on the list of fastest-growing micropolitan areas, which is a community with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. The Fargo

North Dakota tops list of stable housing markets

North Dakota, Washington, D.C. and Wyoming rank as the most stable U.S. housing markets, according to a new Freddie Mac gauge that weighs criteria including mortgage applications, income ratios and employment. Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index, released Wednesday, measures the stability of states and the U.S. capital, as well as the top 50 metropolitan areas.

ND oil CEO pushes for more oil exports

After Russia’s invasion of the Crimean region of Ukraine, several U.S. lawmakers have introduced bills pushing the government to speed approvals of U.S. liquefied natural gas exports. They say the extra U.S. supplies would provide Europe with an alternative to supplies from Russia, from which it currently gets nearly a third of its fuel. “While

200 teachers getting hours cut due to Obamacare

Two hundred North Carolina teachers are getting their hours cut due to Obamacare, WITN reports. Under Obamacare employees who work 30 or more hours must be offered health insurance by their employer. The insurance is costly and drains employers of their funds. Jordan Banjo, a substitute teacher from Pitt County, is worried that she will

South Dakota Senate race now a “lost cause” for Democrats

Stuck with a candidate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has publicly trashed and a race the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee routinely leaves off its competitive list, the seat of retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). now looks like a lost cause for Democrats who face an increasingly difficult map to hold onto the Senate. Filing for

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