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KHRT ND News - Friday - 08/02/19 - Morning Edition

A group seeking to overturn a new law to stop new restrictions on the state auditor has missed the deadline to get the proposal on the ballot....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group seeking to overturn a new law to stop new restrictions on the state auditor has missed the deadline to get the proposal on the ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the group headed by Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz missed the midnight Wednesday deadline to turn in nearly 13,500 qualified signatures needed to get the proposal to a statewide vote next year.
     The law that requires the state auditor to get the Legislature's approval for conducting performance audits. State Auditor Joshua Gallion says he will ignore the new law based on an opinion by the state attorney general's office. One of the lead backers of the legislation has called the new law a mistake. Rep. Keith Kempenich says he will introduce legislation next session to overturn it.

     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new report says a July survey of business supply managers suggests economic growth will slow over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued today says the Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 52.0 in July from 55.4 in June. It's the lowest figure in more than three years.

    Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he blamed the slowdown on weak farm income, produced in part by tariffs and flooding.

    The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


    MINOT, ND - The City of Minot's Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project was recently selected as a recipient of the American Public Works Association's 2019 Public Works Project of the Year Award for infrastructure projects publicly developed, owned, and maintained that promote excellence in construction management and administration.

    The downtown project received APWA's award in the Historical Restoration/Preservation category in the $25 million to $75 million division. The project included the complete reconstruction of 26 square blocks of downtown Minot. The project was built over three construction seasons between 2015-2017. The project was designed by HMjv and constructed by Strata Corporation, Keller Paving & Landscape, and Wagner Construction.

    These awards recognize the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.

    "We're honored to have this project recognized by the APWA," City Engineer Lance Meyer said. "The downtown project required constant cooperation and collaboration among a host of local, state, and federal partners, and especially from the local businesses that were affected dur-ing construction. We're pleased with the final results and the revitalization of downtown Minot."

    The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year Awards are presented annually at APWA's PWX conference. This year's winners will be recognized during APWA's Public Works Expo 2019 taking place September 8th-11th in Seattle, Washington.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is considering whether to study lightning strikes at saltwater disposal sites after lightning hit state facilities at least four times since June. The lightning strikes at saltwater facilities in the state's oil patch have triggered fires and spills of oil and brine, a byproduct of oil production. The Bismarck Tribune reports that people familiar with the facilities say tanks made of fiberglass can be particularly vulnerable to fires when lightning strikes.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A major producer in North Dakota's oil patch has announced it is cutting more than 250 jobs companywide. Denver-based Whiting Petroleum announced the cuts Wednesday as part of restructuring effort that will save the company about $50 million annually. It's unclear how many of those lost positions are in North Dakota. Whiting operates primarily in North Dakota and northeast Colorado.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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