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Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead

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DALLAS (AP) — Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday’s collision about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo have moved to a recovery operation, DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said. Each train had a two-member ...

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Regulators to take more testimony on PNM rate case

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators will hear more testimony next week on a request by the state’s largest electric provider to raise customer rates. The Public Regulation Commission called for another hearing to begin Monday after questions were raised about costs incurred by Public Service Co. of New Mexico when the utility purchased the rights to more electricity ...

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The Latest: CEO denies fracking will harm endangered belugas

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an environmental group’s contention that hydraulic fracturing under Alaska’s Cook Inlet will harm endangered beluga whales: 9:28 a.m. The chief executive officer of a Texas company that plans to drill below Alaska’s Cook Inlet says there’s no threat to endangered beluga whales from proposed hydraulic fracturing. Benjamin Johnson of Fort Worth-based BlueCrest Energy ...

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New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 ...

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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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Planners seek to transform New Mexico border town into destination

In this Jan. 5, 2016 photo, blades for wind turbines sit in a field in the booming New Mexico town of Santa Teresa along the U.S.-Mexico border. The nonprofit group that operates Santa Teresa is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live. Officials are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass. It’s a town that state officials say has pumped millions into New Mexico’s economy. But ...

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