• North Dakota oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars and talks aimed at making it through the rough patch. The event closes with an address by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.