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Pardon us while we gush: It’s Oildorado Days!

The Oildorado Sheriff's Posse joins the festival;s parade in 2010. This year's festival begins October 9. Photo: Kevin Krejci via Flickr.

The oil industry is an up-and-down business with more downs than ups of late, but you wouldn’t know it from all the gushing going on in Kern County’s oil capital of Taft, on the eve of the town’s every-five-years Oildorado celebration. “Taft is not without its problems, but we’re small enough where everybody knows everybody but big enough to create ...

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7 charged in counterfeit scheme that defrauded business in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Be careful, fake and real one hundred dollars. Yury Minaev/Getty Images via NewsCred.

Seven people have been charged with printing, selling or using thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit bills at stores in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, including Rivers Casino, according to state police, who are still searching for an eighth person involved. The enterprise pushed fake bills — from $5 to $100 — from January to August of this year. It’s unclear ...

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Sherrod Brown reintroduces clean water bill

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Up to $1.8 billion more over five years would be available to communities nationwide for fighting algae-producing sewage overflows if legislation being reintroduced by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) is approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Mr. Brown discussed his plans for additional money in the Clean Water Affordability Act at a news conference today ...

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Winter energy rates better than last year

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Customers seeking warmth this winter may still feel a bit of a chill when the electric bill comes, but some state energy companies say rates won’t be as high as last year. The state’s major energy providers are predicting a less significant season this winter as rates show less impact on customers’ wallets. Eversource Energy is predicting a winter energy ...

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Pittsburgh to spend $5M in private money to gird for natural disasters, improve infrastructure

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Pittsburgh will receive $5 million over the next five years to spend on projects aimed at preparing the city to respond to and prevent natural disasters and other challenges. Mayor Bill Peduto announced Saturday he signed a “resilience pledge” to commit 10 percent of the city’s budget to flood control, street and facility improvements and other projects. The city already ...

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Punitive damages possible in suit against DuPont over cancer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled against a motion by DuPont and said punitive damages were possible for an Ohio woman who says she got kidney cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical discharged from a company plant. The case being heard in federal court in Columbus might help settle thousands of similar lawsuits about ...

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Youngstown hires speed-enforcement hearing officer at $95 an hour

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YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s board of control hired Gene Fehr, a former Mahoning County Common Pleas Court magistrate, to serve as the speed-enforcement hearing officer for $95 an hour. Fehr, of Austintown, said, “I’m learning what this legal entity is,” referring to being a speed-enforcement hearing officer. “I know it’s not a criminal court, but I need to research what ...

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Wolf imposes state hiring freeze and travel restrictions

Pennsylvania's Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania budget stalemate enters its fourth month, Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering a hiring freeze and restrictions on travel. The Democratic governor issued the order Thursday. It imposes a general hiring freeze for most salaried and wage positions, although it says job offers made through Thursday will be honored. It doesn’t apply to caregivers and ...

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Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

View of French oil giant Total headquarters in the financial and business district of la Defense in Courbevoie near Paris October 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France’s Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran’s filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, ...

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