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SLCC to offer new diploma program in oil, gas field

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College will offer a new technical diploma program in oil and gas production technology, which is set to begin during the fall semester at the college’s New Iberia campus. The new program was announced Tuesday in a news release. The 45-credit-hour program includes core instruction in oil and gas regulations; safety; pneumatic ...

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Website, job fair set up to help laid-off oil, gas workers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An effort is underway in the Bayou Region ofLouisiana to help workers affected by oil and gas industry downsizing to find training options and new jobs in south Louisiana. BayouOpportunity.com, a new website, will serve as a gateway to employment opportunities. A news release says job seekers can register there for an Industrial Trades Job ...

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Iowa Utilities Board to meet Wednesday on pipeline project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has called a meeting for Wednesday to consider allowing construction to begin on an oil pipeline in areas outside federal jurisdiction. Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to begin digging the Iowa portion of a 1,150-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois ...

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Residents to start return to fire damaged Canadian oil city

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A phased return of more than 80,000 residents of the fire-damaged oil sands city Fort McMurray will begin Wednesday as planned, Alberta’s premier announced Tuesday. Rachel Notley said that the wildfire is no longer an imminent threat to the city and critical infrastructure has been repaired. The massive wildfire destroyed about 2,400 structures almost a month ...

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US stocks slide following late slump in oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are falling Tuesday afternoon and energy companies are sliding with the price of oil. Makers of household products are trading lower following mixed reports about consumer behavior in the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 101 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,771 as of 3:34 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard ...

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Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt. Gulf countries like Qatar largely don’t have bankruptcy laws, leaving laid-off workers ...

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