CHICAGO -- North Dakota lawmakers Friday continued to debate a new two-year budget against an early Saturday morning deadline, marking the first time in state history that the Legislature remained in session until the last day of its 80-day meeting, held once every two years.

On Thursday, legislators approved a high-profile measure that will send a record $1.1 billion of revenue to the oil-producing region of the state, which is struggling with boom-related needs ranging from infrastructure to education.

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