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BISMARCK — A second class-action lawsuit alleges that a Bismarck law firm shares liability for a Bakken housing Ponzi scheme that cost investors $62 million. The latest complaint against Pearce & Durick filed in U.S. District Court names about 10 plaintiffs from various countries and alleges that the firm actively assisted North Dakota Developments in offering unregistered securities to the public. In May, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint against North Dakota Developments and its owners, Robert L. Gavin and Daniel J.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said Wednesday he’s been told by sources that President Barack Obama plans to veto the Keystone XL pipeline after Congress goes into recess in August. Obama’s previous strategy had been to defeat the Keystone XL through endless delays, said Hoeven, R-N.D., but now a decision is anticipated before the end of his term.
WASHINGTON – A proposal to lift the ban on crude oil exports will have a hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., a member of the committee who introduced legislation to repeal the ban, said the proposal is gaining momentum. “I think right now we’re at that spot where there may be an opportunity to move this forward in Congress,” Heitkamp said Monday. “Having a hearing is a first step.”
CROSBY — A recent University of North Dakota graduate is helping fill a shortage of social workers in the Oil Patch, and now she hopes other students will join her. Skye Albert, who works as a social worker in Divide County, is the first UND graduate to benefit from a grant program designed to fill a need for child welfare workers in oil-producing counties. Albert, who has lived in Crosby for more than one year, enjoys the variety she gets working for a rural agency. “It’s nice because going in I knew I was going to be able to do everything,” said Albert, 23, a native of Wyoming.
TRENTON, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is looking for the driver who left the scene Monday night of a vehicle crash with an ATV and that injured a 44-year-old man. Preston Oen of Trenton was driving an ATV on Highway 1804 east of Trenton about 7:30 p.m. when a small red sedan passed Oen on the shoulder of the roadway, the Highway Patrol said. After passing the ATV, the driver of the car pulled in front of Oen and abruptly applied the brakes, according to authorities. The ATV struck the rear of the car, entered the south ditch and overturned.
RAY, N.D. – An 18-year-old man drowned Tuesday evening while he was swimming with friends at the Kota Ray Dam south of Ray, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said. Dispatchers received a 911 call about 6:30 p.m.
RAY -– U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky blasted the northwestern North Dakota town of Ray this week for a sewer lagoon expansion he called a “costly gamble,” but a city official says the Republican senator failed to get all the facts. Paul features Ray in “The Waste Report,” which aims to highlight egregious examples of waste within the U.S. government, for its recent sewer expansion to meet projected population growth that has not materialized.
CULBERTSON, Mont. – Railroad tracks have reopened in northeast Montana as crews continue removing wreckage from a crude oil train derailment. The tracks east of Culbertson reopened Friday night after 22 oil tankers derailed Thursday evening and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil, BNSF Railway spokesman Matt Jones said.
CULBERTSON, Mont. – An oil train derailed in northeastern Montana on Thursday and struck a powerline pole as it derailed but has not caused any fires or injuries, officials said Friday. “We’re real lucky it didn’t go bang,” said Chief Deputy Corey Reum with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. The westbound train hit a powerline pole adjacent to the railroad track as it derailed about 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, Reum said.