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Albuquerque delays decision on solar proposal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders in New Mexico’s largest city have put off a decision on whether to join dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council voted during an hours-long meeting Monday to ...

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Train hauling fracking sand derails in northern Colorado

TIMNATH, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters say nine train cars that derailed near an elementary school in northern Colorado were carrying sand used in fracking but no hazardous materials. The Great Western cars, part of a 100-car train, came off the tracks and tipped Sunday morning in Timnath, east of Fort Collins. No one was hurt. Poudre (kash-luh-POO’-dur) Fire Authority spokeswoman ...

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UNM, Miners’ Colfax in pact to fight mining-related illness

Miners' Colfax, lung disease

RATON, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Miners’ Colfax Medical Center are stepping up efforts to fight mining-related respiratory diseases. Both recently announced that a $1.5 million gift will fund an endowed chair in Mining-Related Lung Disease to be held by pulmonologist Akshay Sood. Sood has been working with the Raton hospital for years ...

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Oklahoma lawmakers to consider $141 million in new revenue

Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma Legislature are moving quickly now to pass revenue increases before unveiling a formal budget plan that would close an estimated $1.3 billion shortfall. Lawmakers on Thursday took some of their biggest steps yet toward plugging the revenue gap for the fiscal year beginning in July, advancing roughly $274 million in proposed revenue ...

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West Virginia progresses with old coal site to lure business

coal mining, climate change, executive order

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are moving forward with the development of a massive surface coal mine they believe can be reshaped into up to 12,000 acres for new businesses and homes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration announced upcoming steps Thursday at the largely reclaimed Hobet mine. The project stretching through Boone and Lincoln counties is in its ...

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Energy leaders agree to cap Oklahoma tax rebate program

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tax rebate for oil and natural gas wells projected to cost Oklahoma $133 million in the upcoming fiscal year would be capped at $25 million per year under a bill that’s been agreed to by some of the state’s top energy industry leaders. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association announced Thursday its governing board agreed to ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: May 6-13

Eagle Ford news

Recap the top Eagle Ford news stories that graced our pages this week. Layoffs and legal struggles earned the top two spots in this week’s list. 5. Colorado bracing to repay millions in energy taxes DENVER (AP) — Colorado will have to cough up hundreds of millions in tax refunds to energy companies over the next couple years. And state ...

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Texas lawmakers champion local control, to a point

DALLAS (AP) — Texas leaders have sued the federal government dozens of times, costing millions of dollars, for what they contend are policies that infringe on local control and states’ rights. But when cities across Texas have attempted to pass laws on issues from fracking bans to regulating ride-hailing companies, state lawmakers time and again have moved to quash those ...

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