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West Virginia lawmakers resume work on long-delayed budget

West Virginia lawmakers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With no agreement on specific tax hikes, budget cuts or swipes into reserves, West Virginia lawmakers returned Monday to negotiate a long-delayed budget hampered by the coal industry’s downfall and low natural gas prices. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called the Republican-led Legislature back for the first time in two months to rekindle talks about the ...

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Full appeals court to decide on greenhouse gas emissions plan

greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean ...

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TVA considering small modular reactors near Oak Ridge

TVA, modular reactors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just a week after voting to scrap an unfinished 1970s-era nuclear power plant in Alabama, the Tennessee Valley Authority began taking steps toward possible future construction of small modular reactors. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson says several designs for the new generation reactors are in the pipeline to be certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. TVA is ...

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Protest showdown looms at Casper hearing on coal leasing

coal leasing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A showdown is shaping up over the future of Wyoming’s coal industry Tuesday as federal officials look at overhauling the federal coal leasing program and possibly charging more to mine. Pro-coal and anti-coal protesters both plan to protest at a U.S. Bureau of Land Management hearing in Casper. On one side is the Wyoming Mining Association ...

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Regulators, Palisades nuclear plant reach settlement over leak

Palisades nuclear

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators say they have reached a settlement with owners of the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan stemming from a leak five years ago. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday Entergy Corp. will deal with failures in handling a leak from the safety injection refueling water tank into the plant’s control room. The ...

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Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire

oil camps, wildfire, Alberta, Canada

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Some 8,000 workers at oil camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate late Monday as authorities continued the battle to bring wildfires under control. The mandatory evacuation zone was extended to 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the city, whose 80,000 residents have been out of their homes ...

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Stocks lower in morning after sizable gains the day before


NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly falling Tuesday morning as investors sift through new economic reports and earnings results. Utilities, consumer goods companies and banks fell the most after the market made sizable gains the day before. Wal-Mart Stores and JPMorgan Chase each dropped 1 percent, among the biggest declines in the Dow Jones industrial average. KEEPING SCORE: The ...

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Companies propose deep-water wind turbines off Hawaii shores

offshore, wind turbines, Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Massive wind turbines could end up floating in deep ocean waters off Hawaii’s shores under proposals to bring more renewable energy to the islands. Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. Their plans would use technology that floats the tall turbines ...

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