BISMARCK — The North Dakota House took a step toward making the state Capitol more accessible Friday, Feb. 1, approving a study of handicapped-accessible parking and other issues. Members voted 89-2 in favor of House Bill 1298, which began as a proposal to move accessible parking closer to the public entrance of the Capitol. Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, said members of the Government and Veterans Affairs Committee amended the bill to make it more broad and consider steps the state can take to improve accessibility.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate unanimously passed a bill that would update an antiquated state law allowing nursing homes to sue children for their parents' unpaid bills. Senate Bill 2225, whose primary sponsor is Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, passed in by a margin of 46-0 on Friday, Feb. 1. The bill would amend the state's filial support law, which requires children to support their indigent parents.
CARTWRIGHT, N.D. - A leak caused about 660 barrels, or 27,720 gallons, of brine to spill on Friday, Jan. 11, at a well site in McKenzie County, according to a statement released by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. Zavanna reported Monday the brine, a waste byproduct of oil production, was contained on the well site about 4 miles northeast of Cartwright. The spill was caused by a connection leak. A state inspector has been to the site and will monitor any additional cleanup.
BISMARCK — The Bismarck City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 28, to participate in the multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors, and to be represented by a consortium of law firms — Motley Rice, Ferrer Poirot Wansbrough, Fears Nachawati and McNamee Hosea. In May, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation’s leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, to recover damages the state has suffered from opioid addiction.
BISMARCK -- From Almont to Zap, anyone in need of a ride can Uber — if there’s a driver nearby. The ridesharing mobile phone application announced Monday, Oct. 22, it’s expanding statewide, making North Dakota one of the first states for this breadth of service. The amount of time it takes for a driver to get to your location may vary based on where you are in the state, Uber spokeswoman Charity Jackson said.
BISMARCK -- Catholic Bishops of North Dakota released a statement Thursday for "an honest examination and correction" of the immigration situation along the nation's southern border. Signed by bishops David D. Kagan, of the diocese in Bismarck, and John T. Folda, of the diocese in Fargo, the statement called for a balance where government's law and order without regard to impacts upon families as well as avoiding the other end of the spectrum where government employees are vilified for doing their jobs.
ELGIN, N.D. - A 100-mile rummage sale along state Highway 21 through southwest North Dakota will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “With approximately 100 rummage sales along the 100-mile route, this is the state’s original 100-mile rummage sale event in North Dakota,” said Luann Dart, the event’s coordinator. “What started as a rather simple idea 17 years ago has now grown to an event that attracts visitors from across the state, out of state and Canada.
BISMARCK—Efforts to maintain safe transport of livestock has resulted in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issuing final regulatory guidance regarding the agriculture commodity exemption, including less strict rules when drivers are within 150 air miles of their destination.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a pipeline conversion project Tuesday, May 29, that will deliver more crude oil to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hess proposed to convert about 19 miles of gathering pipelines in McKenzie County to transmission lines and add three booster pumps to increase capacity, said Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.
BISMARCK -- The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission member states voted unanimously to adopt the 2019 slate of officers during their annual business meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla., earlier this month. Gov. Doug Burgum will serve as 2019 chairman, with Richard Simmers, of Ohio, as vice chairman and Charlie Burd, of West Virginia, as second vice chairman. Burgum succeeds the 2018 chairman, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas.