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Authorities: No injuries reported in plant explosion, fire

Two explosions and a fire rocked a natural gas plant in southern Mississippi on Monday night, but no one was injured and flames continued for hours Tuesday, authorities said. Emergency Management Director Early Etheridge in Jackson County said the first explosion occurred at 11:30 p.m. and was followed by a larger explosion minutes later. Etheridge said the second blast could ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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Maryland’s minimum wage to rise 50 cents to $8.75

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s minimum wage and the state’s gas tax are going up. Here’s a look at some new laws that take effect Friday: MINIMUM WAGE Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to ...

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Murray Energy strikes 5-year agreement with coal miner union

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — America’s largest coal-mining company says it’s reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners. Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia. The union plans a membership vote next week on the contract, ...

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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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Pennsylvania budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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