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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.

In governor’s race, Cole misses straight-ticket tie to Trump

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor admits he didn’t help himself by ending straight-ticket voting, which could have let him ride Donald Trump’s coattails into office in a state where the GOP presidential nominee remains popular. As the state Senate’s new president two years ago, following eight decades of Democratic control, Bill Cole made the bill ...

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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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Duke Energy seeking bids for renewable energy projects

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking 750,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy to help the company meet a 2007 North Carolina law. The Charlotte-based utility is requesting bids from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas and other facilities that qualify as a renewable energy resource, excluding swine and poultry waste. A state law requires the company to generate 12.5 ...

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‘Don’t trust Trenton’ is ballot question rhetoric of choice

New Jersey, Trenton, Atlantic City

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Don’t trust Trenton. That’s the message behind a new ad campaign that asks voters to approve a constitutional amendment mandating that every cent of a gas tax hike be used only for transportation projects. If the message sounds familiar, it’s because the group behind it took a cue from an unrelated campaign that wants to torpedo ...

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In Kentucky coal country, Democrats fear Trump

Trump, coal, Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrats could lose control of their only legislative chamber in the South because of a blustery hero for folks in coal country — Donald Trump. The New York real estate developer’s anger on the campaign trail matches the mood of many in Appalachia, where job losses associated with the declining coal industry have fueled a backlash ...

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AP Interview: IMF says low oil prices still hurting Mideast

middle east oil, mideast economy, oil prices, OPEC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil-producing Mideast countries are coping with low global oil prices though more government reforms are needed, the International Monetary Fund’s chief for the Mideast said as the organization issued a new report Wednesday showing weak economic growth in the region. Masood Ahmed also told The Associated Press that Iran’s economy beat expectations by growing ...

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If schoolkids had a say, Hillary Clinton would be president

Clinton, students

NEW YORK (AP) — While most grown-ups are a few weeks away from heading to the polls, more than 150,000 of the nation’s schoolchildren have already voted on who they want to be president. Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 percent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 percent of the ballots. The company says ...

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Court to rule if gas expansion plan needed environment study

natural gas

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is considering whether Connecticut’s environmental protection agency and state regulators were wrong for not studying the potential environmental impact of a major natural gas expansion plan before they approved it in 2013. The high court’s review comes in a lawsuit filed two years ago by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, a group ...

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Aliso Canyon blowout causes safety concerns

Aliso Canyon

A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. Read more here… After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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