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Gov. says ND oil patch needs will be addressed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has rejected a plea by Democrats to call a special session of the Legislature to address funding problems tied to western North Dakota's oil boom.

Dalrymple says he's confident that the state can provide the financial assistance needed to help communities affected by oil development until the Legislature convenes in January.

Dalrymple says he made the decision Monday after a series of meetings with officials from impacted oil communities.

Democrats asked Dalrymple in February to call a special session because funding levels aren't keeping pace with development in the region. Democrats say the additional funding can't wait for the start of the Legislature.

North Dakota's newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads, schools, public works, law enforcement and emergency medical services.