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North Dakota develops honeybee protection plan

North Dakota, which has long led the nation in honey production, has developed guidelines for farmers, ranchers, landowners and beekeepers to better protect honeybees and help reverse the effects of a mysterious disorder that has vastly eroded the insects’ population ...

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Federal survey shows risks to children on farms

Young children face an increased risk of injury on farms even though the overall number of youth hurt in agricultural accidents continues to decline, according to new federal data. An estimated 14,000 people younger than 20 were hurt on farms ...

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US homebuilder confidence surges in December

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence bounced back strongly in December, a sign that construction and industry hiring may pick up in coming months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Dec. 17 climbed to 58. That was up ...

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Suit against oil company seeks class action status

Attorneys for a major oil drilling business say a federal lawsuit accusing the company of failing to pay overtime to workers in the North Dakota oil patch should be thrown out, according to court documents filed Dec. 18. Chris Elliott, ...

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US home construction hits highest pace in 5 years

U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates. The Commerce Department said Dec. 18 that developers began construction on houses and ...

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Police in Idaho look to expand use of body cameras

Several police departments in Idaho are considering adding body cameras to the uniforms of officers with the hope of recording encounters that could be used as evidence in criminal cases. The Nampa Police Department and Canyon County Sheriff’s Office already ...

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Politics color governors’ decisions on Medicaid

Partisan politics are coloring governors’ decisions about whether to expand Medicaid in their states, affecting billions of dollars and thousands of low-income people. The question of whether they receive Medicaid coverage may have little to do with need, and much ...

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Fewer US homes entered foreclosure path in November

The number of U.S. homes entering the path to foreclosure or winding up repossessed by lenders has fallen to levels not seen in more than six years. While foreclosures remain a concern in select states, the trend is the latest ...

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Western governors show habitat maps

Governors in 16 states unveiled a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project Dec. 12 that they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region’s environmental treasures – an ambitious effort that’s winning praise from conservationists and the ...

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Poll shows strong opposition to in-flight calls

As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. The Federal Communications Commission was to officially start the debate ...

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