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Treasurer: Oklahoma revenue collections hit 6-year low

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall revenue collections to the state treasury last month hit a six-year low as the state’s economy continues to slump. Miller reported Monday that May collections were lower than May 2015 for every major revenue stream, including taxes on income, sales, motor vehicles and oil and natural gas production. It is ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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Track failure likely cause of oil train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday. A failure of the fastener between the railroad tie and the line was likely the problem, but more investigation will be required before railroad officials know for sure, Raquel Espinoza said Sunday. Union Pacific inspects the ...

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Iowa board votes to allow pipeline work to begin in state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company may begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval but are not under federal jurisdiction, the Iowa Utilities Board said Monday despite opposition from environmental and citizen action organizations and landowners who are suing to stop the project. The three-member board voted 2-1 to approve an ...

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Critics: River route no place for oil trains after crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge drew immediate reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce. At least eleven cars derailed Friday in the 96-car Union Pacific train and the company said several caught fire. ...

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