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North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says layoffs are not expected at the Fargo campus of Microsoft.....

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says layoffs are not expected at the Fargo campus of Microsoft, which plans to cut 18,000 jobs elsewhere.
     Hoeven met Thursday in Washington with Don Morton, site leader of the Fargo Microsoft campus. The Fargo operations have included Microsoft Business Solutions, customer support, payroll and information technology.
     Hoeven says the report shows the importance of the technologies that are being developed at the Fargo facility.
     Microsoft officials say the record-setting layoffs will allow the company to streamline its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt says a record $112 million deposit will be put in North Dakota's oil tax savings account.  Schmidt says this month's transfer brings the balance of the account to about $2.2 billion.  She says the monthly deposits have ranged from $32 million to $93 million until this month.
     The Legacy Fund gets 30 percent of the state's oil tax collections. The money can't be touched before 2017 and it would still take a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for the state to dip into the fund.
     North Dakota voters approved the fund in 2010. It received its first deposit of $34.3 million in September 2011.  The fund has been growing faster than anticipated because of rising North Dakota oil production and high prices.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Cleanup is expected to continue in the coming weeks at the site of a saltwater spill in North Dakota. The estimated 24,000 barrell spill on the Crestwood Midstream Partners pipeline was discovered July 8th near Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. It's one of the biggest oilfield spills in North Dakota history.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota attorney general's office has shut down two contractors after surprise inspections on the oil patch. The tour yesterday found an additional seven contractors in the Williston area who could be disciplined depending upon further investigation. The violations could result in projects being shut down for three days to a week or more.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's attorney general says school districts are stuck with any budgeting mistakes they make and fail to correct before an October deadline. The opinion on amending school budgets comes in response to a request made by the McLean County State's Attorney.

     DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A Dakotas hospital is adding an air ambulance service based in the state's oil patch. Sanford AirMed is expected to be operating in Dickinson by late fall. It will replace a void left by Texas-based Med-Trans, which is closing its office in Dickinson.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota State Fair has begun its nine-day run.  The annual fair includes everything from agricultural exhibits to carnival rides. North Dakota music fans will be treated to a bevy of big time music acts this year.
     Fair organizers say popular modern acts including Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley will be in Minot. They'll be joined by veteran performers John Mellencamp and The Charlie Daniels Band. Rockers Three Days Grace also will be on the grandstand stage.
     The fair runs through July 26. Last year's fair drew a record 320,485 people.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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