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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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BNSF: $100M in maintenance work planned in North Dakota

BNSF trains lined up in a railyard. The rail service company is planning to spend $100 million on maintenance in North Dakota this year. (Image: Todd Lappin via Flickr - CC2.0)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it will invest more than $100 million this year in North Dakota as part of its capital expenditure program. The railroad says this year’s plan in North Dakota is primarily focused on maintenance projects. The company says the maintenance is aimed at keeping its network infrastructure in optimal condition and reduces the ...

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Berkshire Hathaway buys 759,295 more Phillips 66 shares

OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett’s company has added to its stake in Phillips 66 and now owns nearly 12 percent of the oil refiners stock. Berkshire Hathaway said in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it bought 759,295 Phillips 66 shares last Wednesday. Buffett said last fall that Berkshire was investing in the company because he likes ...

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Rail safety fight rolls into election politics

Freight rail companies have enjoyed a surge in profits in recent years, thanks in part to the Bakken oil boom. But the profits have come with new political peril, as elected officials — on the DFL side especially — have taken up the cause of oil train safety with gusto. Some 326,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of freight ...

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about transporting crude oil by rail. According to railroad shipping ...

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‘We dodged a bullet’

ALMA, Wis. — There were no injuries and so far no signs of environmental damage after a freight train carrying ethanol went off the tracks Saturday, but state and federal officials are calling for better regulation and safety measures in the wake of two Wisconsin derailments in as many days. “This is probably a great example of an incident where ...

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Crews work to clear up after 2 Wisconsin train derailments

WATERTOWN, Wis. — Crews worked Monday to clear freight cars from rail tracks and contain spilled crude oil and chemicals after two trains derailed in Wisconsin about 200 miles apart over the weekend. More than a dozen cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train loaded with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown on Sunday afternoon, puncturing one car that ...

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Report questions railroad bridge safety, inspection system

OMAHA, Neb. — Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren’t public, and railroads take care of their own bridges. The Waterkeeper Alliance and ForestEthics released a report focused on railroad bridges Tuesday. “The federal standards for rail bridge safety leave far too many loopholes in deference to owners of ...

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