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North Dakota could level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar businesses should any federal changes to sales tax collection be made....

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota could level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar businesses should any federal changes to sales tax collection be made. North Dakota is among several states to join South Dakota in pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in a state where they're not physically located.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that if a court ruling is made or federal law passes, North Dakota is ready to act. The Legislature passed a measure this year that would permit the tax department to immediately require online retailers to collect sales tax, should federal law change to permit it.
     The state tax commissioner's office estimates up to $30 million wasn't collected in 2012 because online retailers weren't required to collect sales tax.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Minot city council is reevaluating how it awards bids for products and services. The Minot Daily News reports that the city council is debating whether to add a local preference policy to its bidding process. The issue arose when the council was deciding whether to award a contract for a water softening agent to a local company or a national company that was offering a lower price.
     Council member Shaun Sipma says he's concerned that city will deter outside companies by gaining a reputation of favoring local organizations. Council member Josh Wolsky says the city should try to keep dollars local.
     The council decided to hire Lhoist North America, which was the lower bidder, and saved $80,000. The council plans to continue discussing the local preference policy.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Most of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry heading into winter. The Bismarck Tribune reports about 80 percent of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry, and that isn't likely to change anytime soon.
     National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag in Bismarck says most of North Dakota's surface soil temperatures are at or below freezing. He says what moisture does come likely will stay on top - if it is doesn't evaporate. Schlag says from now until March, the U.S. Drought Monitor map , issued every Thursday, shouldn't change much from its current pattern.
     Divide and Williams counties in northwestern North Dakota are still experiencing severe drought. Parts of Bowman and Sioux counties in southwestern North Dakota are also in severe drought. Meanwhile, the Red River Valley is largely drought-free.


     AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - TransCanada Corp. says the company has sent additional crews and equipment to the site of a 5,000 barrel oil spill from its Keystone pipeline in northeastern South Dakota. TransCanada said Saturday it continues to make progress in its investigation into the cause of the leak on farmland in Marshall County, near the North Dakota border. Company spokesman Terry Cunha says a drainage ditch near the spill was not polluted by the oil.



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