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Bismarck, ND – An oil industry analyst says cutbacks in jet fuel use by America's ailing airline industry may be balanced somewhat by government purchases for military operations in the future.

John Kerekes of the American Petroleum Institute says the price of crude oil spiked worldwide just after last week's terrorist attacks. But he says prices fell then as other countries anticipated ripples from the growing economic problems in the United States.

Philadelphia, PA – Rosenbluth International has imposed across-the-board employee pay reductions as a result of a severe slump in travel due to last week's terrorists attacks.

A spokesperson for the international travel management company in Philadelphia declined to say how large the pay cuts were or what other measures the company has taken. Rosenbluth has more than 5,000 employees in 24 countries including several offices in North Dakota.

Bismarck, ND – If you drive in the North Dakota Capitol's north lot, you may see a strange car in the Governor's assigned parking spot.

Gone is the black Buick with the "1" license plate. Instead, you'll see a state fleet car -- marked by the "SF" on the license plate.

So, Governor Hoeven, what's the deal?

Bismarck, ND – Amtrak has seen a huge increase in customers in the past week.

This is Amtrak spokesperson Karina Van Veen:

Fargo, ND – It is impossible to see the devastation caused by the recent tragedies in New York and Washington without wanting to help the victims and their families. As many charities and nonprofit organizations are springing into action to collect food, water money, and other supplies to assist the victims. The generous people of North Dakota will want to do their part to help.

But keep in mind that, unfortunately, this time of need is also a time of prey for scam artists.

Bismarck, ND – The staff of the North Dakota Public Service Commission says Montana Dakota Utilities is making too much money in its electric division...and wants MDU to lower its rates by 11-percent.

The staff report says MDU has exceeded its agreed-to rate of return on electricity. MDU spokesman Dan Sharp says the utility made more money than expected - because it's been able to sell power on the spot market.

Fargo, ND – The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers with law enforcement backgrounds only to assist with safety and security concerns in New York City and Washington D.C.

Executive Director of the Minn-Kota Chapter of the American Red Cross, Kathy Schons says these volunteers will act as liaisons with the law enforcement community.

Bismarck, ND – Travel agents in North Dakota say commercial air travel will climb again -- perhaps even getting back to more normal levels.

Just how air travelers would react remains to be seen as airlines resumed flights after last week's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.

Travel agency owner Katherine Satrom in Bismarck says she is optimistic:

Bismarck, ND – Travel agents in North Dakota say they're optimistic that commercial air travel eventually will climb again.

Dickinson travel agency owner Craig Steve says some people will be leery of flying, but others will gain confidence from increased security measures. He says he's worried about too much government intervention in the airline industry.

Fargo, ND – North Dakota State University will hold a public forum "Perspectives: Attack on America" to discuss the implications of last week's terrorist attacks on the United States.

The forum will start at noon, Wednesday September 19, and be held in the Memorial Union Gallery. Panel members will share their expertise on terrorism.

Panel members will include NDSU professors Robert Wood, associate professor and chair of political science, and John Helgeland, professor of religion and history.

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