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Mary Schimke is Managing Editor for Energy Media Group. Mary Schimke is Editor at Energy Media Group. She brings to the table 15 years of teaching, editing, and management experience. She graduated in 1999 from Minot State University with a BS in Education and a major in English. She has worked as a freelance editor for several independent clients in a variety of disciplines. Mary is currently a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University studying literary theory, criticism, and writing.

Clinton, Trump poised for must-see debate showdown

presidential debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — With millions watching and the American presidency on the line, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are poised for a must-see showdown Monday night, pitting the Democrat’s call for steady, experienced leadership against the Republican’s pugnacious promises to upend Washington. The 90-minute televised debate comes six weeks before Election Day and with early voting already getting underway ...

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Order would limit Columbia Gas rate increase to 10 percent

natural gas meter,

BALTIMORE (AP) — The state Public Service Commission is proposing about a 10 percent rate increase for western Maryland customers of Columbia Gas. The utility regulator issued the proposed order Monday. It becomes final Oct. 27 unless it’s appealed. The increase reflects a settlement between the company, commission staff and the Office of the People’s Counsel, which represents the public. ...

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Adwatch: New TV ads launch in Pennsylvania’s Senate race

Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg. (Image via Pixabay)

At least seven new TV ads are out this week in Pennsylvania’s neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic nominee Katie McGinty. The race could help determine control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 election. Here is a look at two of the new ads: ___ THEME: An Arlington, Virginia-based super PAC, Freedom Partners ...

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US rig count up 5 this week to 511

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 511. A year ago, 838 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures

fracking, bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals considered trade secrets. A group of landowners, environmentalists and health advocates oppose the trade secrets exception. They say it violates the public’s ...

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North Carolina questioning 2 more gas station’s prices

pipeline spill, gas stations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two more gasoline stations in North Carolina are being questioned about their prices after the flow of fuel was interrupted by a pipeline leak in Alabama. The office of Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he is seeking information from gas stations in Raleigh and Indian Trail. Complaints filed with the Consumer Protection Division said ...

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AP Exclusive: Iraq oil fires could jeopardize Mosul mission

Iraq fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fire at one of Iraq’s major oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul get underway. Black smoke continues to billow into the air from the Qayara oil field, damaged by IS militants last month as they fled the town, creating health risks for civilians and ...

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The Latest: Accord reached on documents in ongoing Gulf oil leak

Company sues feds over funds for decade-old Gulf oil leak

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a court fight over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing leak of oil from a site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 (all times local): ___ 11 a.m. Environmental attorneys and an energy company have agreed to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents concerning an ongoing oil leak in ...

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Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse

greater sage grouse,

DENVER (AP) — A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. “There’s some really good work going on,” Jewell said during a visit to a national wildlife refuge outside Denver, where she announced a year ago that the rare bird ...

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