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Pierre paves way for $2 million solar panel project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Pierre City Commission has paved the way for what officials say will be the biggest solar energy project in South Dakota. It also will be the first solar energy project for Missouri River Energy Services, which provides nearly half of the city’s power. The city will lease 5 acres of land to a Minnesota-based company ...

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Putin inaugurates final power link to Crimea

Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian power. The line from the Russian mainland that Vladimir Putin inaugurated on Wednesday brings Russia’s electricity supply to Crimea to 800 megawatts a day. Russia annexed Crimea in March ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

IT’S UP TO TRUMP TO UNITE REPUBLICANS, May 5 With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party’s nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the “braggadocious” real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. ...

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Ohio nuclear plant restarts after refueling shutdown

Davis Besse, Nuclear Plant, refuel

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio nuclear plant has returned to service after a biennial shutdown for refueling and maintenance. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station that sits along Lake Erie in northern Ohio is owned by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. FirstEnergy says the plant returned to service Monday night after a shutdown that ...

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New Mexico state revenues lag

New Mexico, state revenues

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico budget analysts say state revenues continue to trail last year by about 10 percent amid low energy prices and weak tax receipts. The Legislative Finance Council is reviewing its estimates Wednesday that show the state collecting revenues of $3.6 billion during the first seven months of the current fiscal year. The state had ...

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Shell Nigeria shuts oil terminal as attacks cut production

Shell, Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell is temporarily closing the terminal exporting Nigeria’s benchmark Bonny Light crude oil as militant attacks have cut production in Africa’s biggest petroleum producer. Shell refused to confirm labor union reports that the company is also evacuating workers from Bonga oilfield following a threat. A bomb attack last week closed a major Chevron facility. Shell’s Forcados ...

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Study: Bakken oil field leaks 275,000 tons of methane yearly

Bakken oil field, methane

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new study says the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually, an amount that’s less than previously reported. Researchers say it’s the first field study of methane emissions from the Bakken shale formation. Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. It’s the primary component of natural ...

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