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Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

 Seven couples filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, making it the last state in the country with a ban to be sued by gay couples seeking the right to wed in their home state. A federal judge also struck down Wisconsin’s ban, ruling it was unconstitutional. […] Read More →

In North Dakota’s oil, gas country, the air’s just fine

 BISMARCK, N.D. — The Environmental Protection Agency has announced emissions rules for power plants President Obama says are needed to protect the health of Americans. But in North Dakota, where the rapid pace of oil development exists alongside what industry sources say is an 800-year supply of lignite coal, that argument doesn’t seem to match the […] Read More →

Booming North Dakota: Booming oil, booming incomes

Rob Port BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s leaders like to refer to their state as the economic envy of the nation, and the numbers seem to back them up. According to the most recent personal income report from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, the oil-rich plains state is once again leading the nation in personal income growth. […] Read More →

Coldest air in nearly two decades filtered in from the Upper Midwest all the way to the Southeast

 After pounding the Midwest and Great Lakes during the weekend, snow from Winter Storm Ion started to move into the East. But the snow is just part one. The coldest air in nearly two decades filtered in from the Upper Midwest all the way to the Southeast. “The streets tonight are like ice skating rinks,” said The Weather Channel meteorologist […] Read More →

Money, as Karl Marx lamented, plays the largest part in determining the course of history

Truth Dig – by Chris Hedges  Once speculators are able to concentrate wealth into their hands they have, throughout history, emasculated government, turned the press into lap dogs and courtiers, corrupted the courts and hollowed out public institutions, including universities, to justify their looting and greed. Today’s speculators have created grotesque financial mechanisms, from usurious […] Read More →

Officials warn of toxic fumes near ND derailment

Many residents evacuated a southeastern North Dakota town overnight after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, and officials warned that acrid and hazardous smoke could blow into the area. No one was hurt in Monday’s derailment of the mile-long train that sent flames and great plumes of black smoke skyward about a mile […] Read More →

Officials urging evacuation near ND derailment

Authorities urged residents to evacuate a small North Dakota town Monday night after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed outside of town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flames and black smoke skyward. The Cass County sheriff’s office said it was “strongly recommending” that people in the town of Casselton and […] Read More →

Firm wants to build largest pipeline yet from ND

A Canadian company has applied to build the largest pipeline yet from western North Dakota’s booming oil patch. Enbridge Energy said Tuesday that it’s seeking shipping commitments from oil producers, a major step in getting the $2.6 billion pipeline built. The proposed oil pipeline would run 612 miles into Minnesota and Wisconsin. Enbridge spokeswoman Katie […] Read More →

Fourteen Critical Races Could Determine Our Future

A somewhat overlooked battle is raging in fourteen states which may determine the future of our country during the next four years. The United States Senate’s composition — not just the presidency — will be determined on November 6. Simply stated, if the Republicans pick up a net of three Senate seats and Romney wins, […] Read More →

Some U.S. farmers now feeding their cattle gummy worms, marshmallows, and ice cream sprinkles

The cost of genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy feed for conventional cattle is surging so high, and availability plunging so low, as a result of persistent drought conditions and resultant crop failures that conventional feedlot farmers are having to seek out less expensive and more plentiful alternatives. But such alternatives are not exactly the types […] Read More →

Tragedy of Rising Energy Prices

There is pain associated with $4.00 a gallon gasoline. It�s not the kind you see on the news every night but it is just as tragic. Every day, families across our country struggle to put enough gas in their cars to get to work. Elderly couples choose between going to the doctor today or to […] Read More →

Bomb threats prompt evacuations at 3 campuses

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) � Thousands of people streamed off three college campuses Friday after bomb threats prompted officials to issue evacuation orders for schools in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio. The campuses of the University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University in Fargo had been deemed safe by early afternoon, and […] Read More →