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Published December 05, 2012, 11:07 AM

New North Dakota highway patrolmen, regulators advocated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota law enforcement and regulatory agencies may be getting dozens of new employees.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota law enforcement and regulatory agencies may be getting dozens of new employees.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple unveiled his proposed two-year budget to the North Dakota Legislature on Wednesday.

It asks lawmakers to approve 15 new Highway Patrol troopers, and spend almost $7 million to improve the patrol's Bismarck training academy.

North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources would get 23 new jobs, including petroleum engineers and field inspectors. The Health department would get more staffers to check for environmental violations.

Dalrymple says his budget includes 171 new state workers, mostly in law enforcement, public safety and public health. He says most of the jobs are needed because of the expansion of North Dakota's oil production.

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