KHRT ND News – 12/18/21

KHRT NEWS – SATURDAY – 121821 – 0700
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he will not seek reelection in 2022. The Republican is the longest-serving attorney general in state history. Stenehjem, who is 68 years old, said he plans to retire from the post, the Bismarck Tribune reported. He first took office in 2001 and has held the office for six terms. His career in North Dakota politics has spanned over four decades, starting with his election to the House in 1976. He ran for governor in 2016, but lost in the GOP primary to Doug Burgum, who went on to become governor.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Senate majority leader is following through on a decision he made three years ago to retire from the state Legislature after more than three decades of service. Republican Sen. Rich Wardner, of Dickinson, was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1990. He moved over to the Senate in 1998 and was elected majority leader in 2011. The 79-year-old Wardner calls Wednesday’s official announcement is a “bittersweet day” but he is proud of the “many goals” he has accomplished. U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a former state lawmaker, said Warner’s “steadfast leadership” has made North Dakota a better place. Another longtime Republican lawmaker, Rep. George Keiser, of Bismarck, also announced Wednesday that he won’t seek reelection next year.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal by developers of the Dakota Access oil pipeline who are seeking to reinstate a federal permit for the line’s Missouri River crossing. Early this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed part of a lower court order that revoked the permit and required a new environmental review of the pipeline.
“Though the dispute over the pipeline garnered national attention, the D.C. Circuit’s decision plowed no new ground,” lawyers for Standing Rock and other Sioux tribes fighting the pipeline wrote in a brief filed Thursday. The tribes argued that the high court should decline the developer’s petition to hear the case because appeals courts are not split on the issues surrounding the dispute, which can lead to the Supreme Court taking the case.
The tribes say the D.C. Circuit judges applied a “conventional” review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting decisions and “found no abuse of discretion” in the lower court’s order revoking the permit, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows the economy remains strong in the region, but some bankers said they are worried about how inflation will affect farmers. The overall economic index slipped from November’s 67.7 to 66.7 in December but any score above 50 suggests growth. The report released Thursday said high inflation is a concern as land costs and the price of supplies farmers need are expected to keep growing next year. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
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