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Negotiators: Land deal was swift and substantial

A public lands bill agreement hammered out by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and other senior lawmakers during the lame-duck session of Congress incorporated more than five dozen natural resources initiatives into a must-pass defense authorization bill headed to final votes in the coming days.

Fiore, now majority leader, not backing down

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who was appointed majority leader-designate by the Assembly Republican caucus Tuesday evening, says she’ll pursue some of the same conservative priorities in 2015 that she tried to enact in 2013, when Republicans were in the minority.

Audit finds weak NDOT spending controls

An audit of the state Department of Transportation found that weak controls over procurement of supplies resulted in a case where a stockroom employee made $250,000 in fraudulent purchases over a four-year period.