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KHRT ND News - Wednesday - 05/15/19 - PM Edition

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he'll appeal the dismissal of the state's lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company over opioid abuse...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he'll appeal the dismissal of the state's lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company over opioid abuse. South Central District Judge James Hill threw out the state's claim on Friday, ruling essentially that Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma doesn't control its product after it enters the market.
 
     North Dakota and five other states filed lawsuits a year ago accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drugs sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. The North Dakota ruling is the first in which a court has tossed a claim brought by a state in its entirety. A judge in Connecticut earlier this year dismissed the whole lawsuits from several municipalities there, asserting that the local governments did not have standing to sue.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A state judge has ruled that North Dakota regulators properly refrained from becoming involved in a dispute over the location of an $800 million oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

    The Public Service Commission last year declined to review whether the Davis Refinery could be built just 3 miles from the park, concluding its production capacity will be too small to warrant review under state law. Environmental groups don't believe developer Meridian Energy is being forthright about the refinery's capacity, but Judge Bruce Romanick sided with the PSC, ruling the agency properly followed the law.

    The national park is North Dakota's top tourist attraction. Environmental groups worry the refinery will pollute it. Meridian says the facility will be the "cleanest refinery on the planet."

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production remained at a near-record level in March. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.39 million barrels of oil daily in March. That was down from a record 1.4 million barrels a day from the record set in January.
 
     North Dakota also produced a record 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, up from 2.6 billion cubic feet in February. There were 15,353 wells producing in March. That's down 56 wells from the record set in January.
 
     The March tallies are the latest figures available. There were 65 drill rigs operating in North Dakota today, down one from the March average.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - State school superintendent Kirsten Baesler says it's a way for her to hear advice from families about how to improve North Dakota education. It is called the Family Engagement Cabinet. The group has 23 members from across North Dakota.

    Baesler says the group are parents of children in elementary, middle and high school. There are parents of children who haven't started school. The members are spread across the state and live in small towns and North Dakota's larger communities. Baesler says the group will meet four times a year. The first meeting will be May 23rd.

 


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