Clashes over an oil pipeline slated to cross historic Native territory in North Dakota continue after more the 140 people were arrested in protests last week. The increasingly high-stakes face-off is one of the biggest actions by Native Americans in years.
After a judge denied a halt to construction of the section of the Dakota Access pipeline that borders the Standing Rock Sioux Nation reservation, three federal agencies issued a joint hold on the portion in dispute. This marks a change in attitude by the federal government concerning Native American rights.
The price of a barrel of oil has fallen to its lowest level in more than half a decade — and it's still falling. That's put a major dent in the economies of some of the world's largest oil producers, like Iran and Russia. But in the US, it's cause for celebration, as falling oil prices are translating into plummeting prices at the pump.
Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
A Georgia judge has questioned the constitutionality of a law that protects the businesses behind lethal injections, saying the secrecy could lead to a dangerous lack of oversight and inhumane treatment. The law was adopted to give pharmaceutical companies peace of mind if they are involved with lethal injections.
The Red River in Fargo, North Dakota broke a 112-year-old record last Friday morning when it rose past 40.33 feet ? the highest level ever measured. Joining The Takeaway are local residents and a Red Cross spokeswoman.
Last night President Obama used his bully pulpit to make a very specific pitch for health care reform before a joint session of Congress. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, gives us the highlights, and we check back in with listeners.
The Federal government will spend $3.4 billion to settle a 13-year-old lawsuit over mismanagement of American Indian land and resource trusts. We speak with Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Ivan Posey, chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.
The Canadian government is crying foul over plans to divert flood waters from Devils Lake, North Dakota, into waters that eventually drain into Lake Winnipeg, home to one of Canada's largest freshwater fisheries.
Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota talks with LOE about his proposal for a windfall profit tax. The tax would send oil company profits that aren't being used for exploration back to the consumer.