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Oil slump got you down? That light at the end of the tunnel just might be a Profoam truck

Profoam, spray foam insulation

It seems that every week we’re reading about another round of layoffs in the oil and gas industry. According to Houston-based Graves & Co., over 350,000 industry workers had lost their jobs since mid-2014. Some chose to retire, some entered other fields, and some, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of knowledge and experience in oil and gas, chose ...

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Dalrymple to decide how to deal with depressed budget

North Dakota budget, Dalrymple

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is slated to decide Wednesday whether to call a special session of the Legislature to address the state’s ailing treasury in the wake of depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The Republican governor announced Tuesday in a statement that he would “outline options to resolve the shortfall” at a news conference ...

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The Latest: Large Montana coal plant to close 2 units

coal plant closure Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement to close two units at Montana’s Colstrip coal plant, which provides electricity to customers across the Pacific Northwest (all times local): 1:55 p.m. A large Montana coal plant serving utility customers across the Pacific Northwest has agreed to shut down two of its four units and limit how much it pollutes ...

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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Thousands of Venezuelans stream over border to Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans streamed across bridges into Colombia over the weekend after Venezuela briefly lifted a year-old border closure to allow people to buy food and medicine. Colombian authorities said 35,000 Venezuelans made the trip Sunday during the 12-hour border opening. The dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets were a ...

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The Latest: Electricity restored to most of Oahu jail

Oahu jail power outage

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a power outage at Oahu Community Correctional Center (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Electricity has been restored to most of Oahu Community Correctional Center. The state Department of Public Safety says electrical contractors are working on a couple sections that are still on the back-up generator Monday afternoon. Inmates and staff at the state’s ...

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