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Township sets public forum for residents on gas explosion

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Elected supervisors of a western Pennsylvania township have scheduled a meeting where residents can get more information about a massive natural gas pipeline explosion last month. Officials from Salem Township, Westmoreland County’s emergency management team and Spectra Energy, the Houston company that owns the pipeline and several others that run through the township, will be present ...

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Kasich names new chairman to Ohio utilities commission

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The governor has named a new chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Asim Z. Haque (AW’-sim HAWK) takes over for PUCO Chairman Andre Porter, whose last day is May 20. Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) appointment of Haque as Ohio’s top utility regulator still requires the Ohio Senate’s consent. The Columbus resident is the ...

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House mulling tax increases amid record $1.3B shortfall


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With just three weeks left in the legislative session, Republican House leaders this week acknowledged they will consider increased taxes on fuel, services, alcohol and cigarettes as potential options for closing a $1.3 billion hole in the state budget. House Speaker Jeff Hickman said those tax proposals, along with the elimination of tens of millions of ...

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Texas energy company owner gets prison for Ponzi scam

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Texas energy exploration company must serve more than 13 years in federal prison and repay $3.7 million to investors who were scammed. Prosecutors in Austin say William Risinger owned RHM Exploration and operated the company as a Ponzi scam. The 44-year-old Risinger in January pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. ...

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Massive Alberta wildfire expected to burn for months

Alberta wildfire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — The images are ones of devastation — scorched homes, virtually whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. It rained a little Sunday morning in Fort McMurray, but Canadian officials say they expect to fight the massive wildfire that has destroyed large parts of Alberta’s oil sands town for months. There’s fear the growing wildfire could double ...

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Sea turtles get sucked into Florida power plant

sea turtles

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — More than one protected sea turtle a day, on average, has been sucked into a St. Lucie County nuclear power plant property in the nearly a decade it has taken for the federal government to approve pipe grate that could prevent the problem. A Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation (http://bit.ly/1TpYTC4 ) has found that amounts ...

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