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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is coming to North Dakota next week....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is coming to North Dakota next week. Gov. Doug Burgum says Pruitt is scheduled to participate Wednesday in a round table discussion in Fargo on federal regulations involving navigable rivers and lakes. Later that day, he is set to tour the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota and hold a round table on energy.
     In May, with Pruitt's approval, North Dakota became the first state in the nation to apply for and receive regulatory authority over carbon dioxide capture and storage.
     Burgum says he's excited for the opportunity to host Pruitt and highlight North Dakota issues and priorities.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota legislative panel has begun its work studying the impacts of refugee resettlement in the state. Fargo Democratic Rep. Kathy Hogan chairs the 17-member committee and says refugee resettlement is widely misunderstood by many of her fellow lawmakers.
     The panel is tasked with the study mandated by the Legislature. The committee on Wednesday began examining the impact of refugees on such things as the workforce, government services, law enforcement, schools and health care. The committee is slated to meet at least five times and present recommendations to the Legislature on how to improve or modify the resettlement process.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Several North Dakota residents are asking for more information about a mobile oilfield waste treatment plant that's proposed in the Bakken formation. The Bismarck Tribune reports the North Dakota Department of Health will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss White Wing Limited's application for a radioactive materials license.
     White Wing Limited is proposing to process, filter and separate oilfield waste with naturally occurring radioactive material. The company doesn't plan to collect or store oilfield waste, but immediately would dispose it at a special landfill. Company officials say they expect the plant mainly to operate in McKenzie, Dunn, Williams and Mountrail counties.
     The Dunn County Commission and about a dozen citizens have submitted letters to the health department that raise questions about the proposal.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Nearly 100 groups and businesses in North Dakota have shown interest in producing or dispensing medical marijuana. That pleases state officials who are establishing a network for making the drug available to qualified patients by next summer. The Health Department is finishing the process of drafting administrative rules, and then it will start accepting formal applications from potential processors and distributers.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The wife of a former Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader convicted of sexually abusing a girl has agreed to plead guilty to failing to report the abuse. Rhonda Krein Fool Bear signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors Wednesday in which she admitted not alerting law enforcement. In exchange, prosecutors have agreed to drop a charge alleging that she lied at her husband's trial.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Health Department is considering an application from a proposed hog operation in Ramsey County. The agency says Grand Prairie Agriculture wants to build a 2,700-hog and pig operation about 10 miles west of Devils Lake. Some people in the area are concerned about property values and environmental problems, while others see a potential boost to the economy. The Health Department will hold a public meeting at some point.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Registered nurses at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck have filed for a vote on whether to unionize. The nurses' request to vote on whether to be represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association will be reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB requires at least 30 percent of the registered nurses to request a vote. The Minnesota Nurses Association represents nearly 22,000 nurses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A former school in Mandan has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Register is the federal government's list of properties it deems worthy of preservation and recognition. The school building at various times housed a high school, a junior high and an elementary school. It was nominated for the Register because of its architecture. The original buildings were designed in 1917 and 1924.



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