Author: BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

Impoverished Pine Ridge reservation braces for more flooding

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the nation, is bracing for another major winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding that is also forecast to hit a wide swath of the Plains and Midwest just a month after the last weather blast.

Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise.

Security company, state argue venue in Dakota Access dispute

Attorneys for North Dakota regulators and a North Carolina-based private security firm argued in court Thursday over the proper venue to resolve a dispute over whether TigerSwan acted illegally during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and should be fined.