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Shareholders approve sale of Westar Energy to Great Plains

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka-based electric company Westar Energy to Missouri-based Great Plains Energy, the two firms announced Monday. Westar is Kansas’ largest electric company, and after the acquisition, Great Plains would serve more than 1.5 million customers in the two states. The two companies say combining operations would result in ...

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Clinton, Trump poised for must-see debate showdown

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — With millions watching and the American presidency on the line, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are poised for a must-see showdown Monday night, pitting the Democrat’s call for steady, experienced leadership against the Republican’s pugnacious promises to upend Washington. The 90-minute televised debate comes six weeks before Election Day and with early voting already getting underway ...

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Pipeline developer buys ranch near North Dakota protest camp

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company developing the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline has purchased a portion of a historic North Dakota ranch where a violent protest occurred earlier this month due to what tribal officials said was construction crews destroying burial and cultural sites. Morton County records show Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners purchased 20 parcels of land on the ...

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Your TV may use more energy than you think, group charges

TV, energy hog, energy waste

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group accused three major television manufacturers Wednesday of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy their high-definition screens devour by designing them to draw less power during government testing than in ordinary use. The Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that the TVs made by Samsung, LG Electronics and Vizio saddle households with an ...

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Public outreach and service take center stage at NDPC annual meeting

This undated photo, courtesy of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, shows a 'walking' rig near Killdeer.

Bismarck, N.D. – Public service and outreach took center stage on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson, MHA Nation Councilman Ken Hall, Chief of Staff to the Governor Ron Rauschenberger, and Wyoming Casing Service President Steve Halvorson were recognized for their work on behalf of both the public and the energy industry. “These four ...

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Paris Climate Change agreement passes key threshold

Brazil's President Michel Temer, left, delivers his country's ratification instrument to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a high-level event on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change during the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those ...

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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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