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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 08/22/17 - PM EDITION

The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other groups...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other groups, alleging they disseminated false information about the project and interfered with construction.
 
     Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners alleges the groups' actions interfered with the company's business, facilitated crimes and acts of terrorism, and violated racketeering and defamation laws. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in North Dakota seeks damages that could approach $1 billion.
 
     Greenpeace attorney Tom Wetterer says the lawsuit isn't designed to seek justice "but to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation."
 
     The 1,200-mile pipeline began moving North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois June 1, after months of delays caused by legal wrangling and on-the-ground protests by tribes and groups that feared environmental harm. Police made 761 arrests in North Dakota between August and February.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Industrial Commission has committed more than $5 million toward research aimed at storing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants.
 
     The University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center will lead the 14-month study that also will look at cleaner technology to make electricity from the state's lignite. It also will study whether carbon dioxide could be used to boost oil output in some fields.
 
     State money approved today from the commission headed by Gov. Doug Burgum comes from North Dakota's lignite research fund, which is financed by a tax on the abundant but low-grade coal. The federal government is expected to provide most of the money for the $12.7 million study, with the industry contributing about $1 million.
 
     Carbon dioxide is thought to influence global warming.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's state-owned flour mill's annual profit rebounded slightly a year after the Grand Forks factory sustained big losses due to depressed wheat prices. The mill reported today making $9.7 million during its last budget year, which ended in June. That's up from $9.3 million profit set the prior year. The mill set a record $16.7 million profit three years ago.
 
     The mill sells most of its flour in bulk to bakery customers. It also sells small bags of flour through grocery stores. Most of the mill's profits go into North Dakota's general fund, which finances a variety of state programs. The state Industrial Commission is the mill's board of directors. Its members are Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

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     DUNSEITH, N.D. (AP) - Budget cuts in North Dakota are causing a tourist attraction that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border to initiate new fundraising efforts. The Bismarck Tribune reports the International Peace Garden is losing about $48,000 in operating grants since the declining revenues in the state have led to 10 percent budget cuts this funding cycle.
 
     The garden's staff is asking the public for donations and encouraging people to purchase annual or lifetime memberships. CEO Garry Enns says the revenue the garden gains from gate fees, gift shop sales and rent from the International Music Camp isn't enough to cover all of its expenses. The annual operating budget for the garden is about $1.5 million.
 
     The garden was dedicated in 1932 and is a tribute to the peace between the U.S. and Canada.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Another defendant in a Jamaican lottery scam authorities say bilked 90 mostly elderly Americans out of $5.7 million has been scheduled for trial. Gregory Gooden was arrested in Jamaica in June and pleaded not guilty in federal court in North Dakota August 1st. A federal judge on Monday scheduled him for trial in January, joining eight co-defendants previously scheduled.
 
     Fifteen people are charged in the case. The alleged mastermind has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors, and another suspect is scheduled to plead guilty in October. Alrick McLeod will remain jailed until then, because a federal magistrate on Monday denied him a detention hearing. Two other suspects are in Jamaica awaiting extradition, and two others remain fugitives.
 
     The case began when a North Dakota woman lost her life savings in 2011.

 


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