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North Dakota PSC hosting conference of energy regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is hosting a conference of energy regulators from 14 states. The three-day Mid-America Regulatory Conference begins Monday in Bismarck and brings together utility and energy regulatory agencies in states from the Dakotas to Texas. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk was elected president of the group last year. The ...

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US stocks retreat as banks, energy companies fall

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Thursday morning and returning some of their recent gains. Banks are skidding on the prospect of a drop in interest rates. Energy companies are slipping with the price of oil and metals companies are also down. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slid 53 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,951 as ...

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Retail gasoline prices up 3 cents in Texas, nationwide

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COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and nationwide are up 3 cents this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump across the state was $2.15 per gallon. The nationwide average reached $2.36 per gallon. Drivers in Amarillo have the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at $2.03 per gallon. The association survey ...

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Police: Not enough evidence to prove Chesapeake CEO’s death intentional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Investigators did not find enough evidence to prove whether a vehicle crash that killed prominent businessman Aubrey McClendon the day after he was indicted by a grand jury was intentional or not, the Oklahoma City Police Department said Tuesday. Police spokesman Capt. Paco Balderrama told The Associated Press that investigators have ruled out homicide, but could ...

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Zoning action delayed again on proposed $850M oil refinery

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Billings County leaders have once again delayed a decision on whether to approve an $850 million oil refinery on a 700-acre site only about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. Houston-based Meridian Energy Group Inc. said the delay could prevent construction from starting this summer. Meridian plans a 55,000-barrel-per-day refinery between ...

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Lawmakers weigh bill to boost hydro, wind power

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix is expected to win approval in the House. The bill slated for debate on Wednesday would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for importing an additional 1,200 megawatts each of Canadian hydroelectricity and offshore wind. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and ...

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Feds send $4.3 million to West Virginia for displaced miners

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal labor officials say another $4.3 million is heading into West Virginia to help out-of-work coal miners. A U.S. Department of Labor news release Tuesday says the National Dislocated Worker Grant money will go to WorkForce West Virginia. The release says West Virginia has previously received $10.7 million combined since 2012 through the grant program. It ...

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Antelope County supervisors OK 160-turbine wind farm

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NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Another wind farm has been approved for Antelope County, over objections from some residents. The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to let a Chicago-based company erect 160 turbines near Neligh (NEE’-lee). The company, Invenergy, already operates a wind farm in the Elgin area. The supervisors imposed several conditions on the project, such as increased setback ...

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