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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 08/30/17 - MORNING EDITION

Wages have declined in North Dakota for the second consecutive year....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Wages have declined in North Dakota for the second consecutive year. The Bismarck Tribune reports that total wages decreased 8 percent in 2016 after dropping 2 percent in 2015. The average annual wage also saw a nearly 4 percent drop to nearly $48,900 statewide.
 
     The state's oil and gas extraction wages dropped by nearly 3 percent to an average of more than $120,400. Truck transport, petroleum and coal average wages also saw a decrease. The energy industry has the highest average wages in the state despite the drops.
 
     In Burleigh County, the real estate and leasing industry had the biggest drop in average wages, which dropped 25 percent to more than $39,000.
 
     Oliver County saw the highest wage average of any county in the state with more than $71,700.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An American Indian tribe whose land accounts for about one-fifth of North Dakota's oil production has raised the tax rate for companies drilling on its land. The move by Three Affiliated Tribes comes after state lawmakers two years ago changed a law that affects tax rates for drillers. Tribal Chairman Mark Fox says the tribe never agreed to the lower rate of that change. Fox says the tribe needs a higher tax rate to pay for the consequences of oil development on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

    State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says the change violates the agreement. Industry officials worry that the tribe's move could lead to lower oil production on the reservation. North Dakota trails only Texas in oil production.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - American Indian tribes hoping to persuade a federal judge to turn off the Dakota Access pipeline maintain in last-minute court filings that the project's developer overstated potential impacts of a shutdown.

    Federal Judge James Boasberg is deciding whether to shut down the $3.8 billion pipeline carrying North Dakota oil to Illinois while federal officials study how an underwater spill might impact the Standing Rock Sioux.

    The tribe's lawyer, Jan Hasselman took issue with the contention of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners that a shutdown would cost it $90 million monthly and would have significant implications for the broader energy industry and government tax revenue. Energy trade groups also filed arguments Monday supporting the company, but Hasselman says ETP is relying on "exaggerated and unsupported predictions."

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of firing 14 rounds into an occupied Bismarck residence during a dispute over drugs has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Vernon Pook Jr. pleaded guilty in April to discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The incident happened in June 2016.
 
     Authorities say Pook fired a handgun into the residence and parked vehicles outside because he was unhappy about repayment for an ounce of marijuana. No injuries were reported. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says Pook must also serve five years of supervised release.

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     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A woman is dead after falling more than 100 feet at a Hutterite colony in McPherson County, South Dakota. County Coroner David Roggenkamp identified the victim as 19-year-old Keriss Hofer, of Wolf Creek Hutterite Colony in Hutchinson County. The American News reports that Hofer was climbing a spiral staircase at Spring Creek Colony about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when she fell through a gap in the platform at the top and onto concrete below. Spring Creek Colony is near the North Dakota-South Dakota border south of Forbes, North Dakota.

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     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - About 100 people gathered for a prayer circle outside the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul where the body of a slain North Dakota woman was taken for an autopsy.
 
     Police say 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind died from homicidal violence this month at an apartment she shared with her parents in Fargo. A couple who lived upstairs is charged with conspiring to kidnap and murder LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight months pregnant, and steal her baby, who remains in protective custody.
 
     The Star Tribune reports that many in the group that gathered in St. Paul Tuesday night were dressed in green, the victim's favorite color. LaFontaine-Greywind was a member of the Spirit Lake Dakota tribe. Fargo's cultural planner, Willard Yellow Bird Jr. says her death has devastated the broader American Indian community.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Wheat Commission is hosting a group of baking company executives from Japan. The commission says the goal is to give the Japanese bakers a better understanding of the U.S. grain system, and boost customer relations.
 
     The Japanese market isn't new to North Dakota wheat, but the commission says most trade teams involve milling company officials. This week's trip is to give Japanese bakers a better understanding of U.S. wheat production, quality and crop breeding efforts.
 
     Japan imports about 185 million bushels of wheat each year, with the U.S. supplying just over half of that amount. Much of it is hard red spring wheat, North Dakota's staple crop.

 

 

   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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