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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour the state's biggest coal mine and adjacent power plant next week......

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour the state's biggest coal mine and adjacent power plant next week. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the former Texas governor is scheduled to tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine and Great River Energy's Coal Creek power station near Underwood in west-central North Dakota. Hoeven and Cramer say Perry also is participate in discussions with local energy officials.

    North Dakota has six coal-fueled electric power plants and a factory that produces synthetic natural gas from low-grade lignite coal. The state's lignite mines in west-central North Dakota produce close to 30 million tons of fuel annually.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The company planning to build an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park is asking state regulators to dismiss a complaint filed over the site. Meridian Energy Group argues the Public Service Commission has no authority to wade into the dispute over the $800 million Davis Refinery.

    The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Dakota Resource Council in June filed a complaint maintaining Meridian needs a site permit because the refinery's capacity of 55,000 barrels per day is above the threshold of 50,000 barrels in state law that triggers a PSC review. The groups cited a number Meridian has previously stated. Meridian attorney Lawrence Bender says those statements are outdated. The company's current plan is a refinery processing 27,500 barrels daily, with room for expansion up to 49,500 barrels.


     TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit in North Dakota accusing a petroleum company of subjecting a black employee to racial harassment.

    According to the lawsuit, Derrick Jenkins worked for Murex Petroleum Corp. from April to September 2014 at its Tioga facility. The EEOC says Jenkins' co-workers directed racial slurs at him and made racially derogatory comments. It says Jenkins' supervisor witnessed the harassment, but did nothing about it. The lawsuit says another African-American employee complained to a high-level executive at the company about the harassment, but no action was taken. The EEOC is seeks compensatory and punitive damages in the case.

    A spokeswoman for Murex Petroleum, based in Houston, Texas, did not immediately return a call for comment.


     BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday. The White House said the officials represented states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump.

    The mostly Republican group included Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Doug Burgum of North Dakota and John Bel Edwards, a Louisiana Democrat. Also attending was Republican attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida and Ken Paxton of Texas.

    The administration has been pressing Congress to send Trump legislation that would provide the Bureau of Prisons with $50 million over the next five years for drug treatment, education and job skills programs. Trump says the administration feels "very, very strongly" about helping former inmates find jobs.


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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