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The Latest: New Mexico approves Facebook power plan

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a power-supply plan for a proposed Facebook data center as the state vies with Utah to lure investments by the social media giant. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a plan from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico that would use new solar ...

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2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride

Chevy Volt, electric car

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther — up to 53 miles — on all-electric power than its predecessor. The new gasoline-engine and electric-powered Volt also is restyled with a more mainstream look and has new features, such as options that let the car start charging only when off-peak electric rates apply. Plus, Chevy cut ...

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Manufacturing in New York region weakens in August

manufacturing, factories, New York

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York slowed in early August for the second straight month, and manufacturers in the state cut jobs. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to a reading of minus 4.2, from 0.6 in July. Any reading above zero points to expansion. Even so, new ...

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After court setback, solar battle shifts toward Legislature

rooftop solar panels, renewable energy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rooftop solar advocates had hoped to take their cause directly to voters after a rate hike this year rocked the industry in Nevada, and their chances of winning on the ballot looked good after they gathered more than double the number of voter signatures needed to put a sweeping referendum on the November ballot. But after ...

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Key Energy Services to pay $5M to settle bribes case

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston energy company will pay $5 million to settle U.S. allegations of bribing a contract worker for Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex. The Securities and Exchange Commission reached the agreement with Key Energy Services Inc. The case involve $229,000 in payments by subsidiary Key Mexico from 2010 through 2013. Key Energy, in the settlement, does not ...

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APNewsBreak: California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker told The Associated Press on Friday that she’s introducing legislation to require that 15 percent of new vehicles be emission-free in less than a decade, a significant escalation in the state’s efforts to speed the evolution of new car technology. Automakers that fail to sell enough electric vehicles would be required to make ...

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Global oil demand to cool, oversupply is ending, agency says

global oil production, oil oversupply

LONDON (AP) — Global demand for oil will grow less than expected next year due to a weaker world economy, though the oversupply of crude in the market is ending, the International Energy Agency said Thursday. The Paris-based agency, which consults oil-importing nations, lowered its forecast for demand growth next year to 1.2 million barrels a day from 1.3 million ...

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“I Can’t Fix Stupid”—Zero Injury is an Impossible Goal

workplace safety, zero injury

It’s inevitable that somewhere, sometime, a worker at your company will do something stupid, resulting in an injury. You’re kidding yourself if you believe that isn’t the way it plays out.  It’s a numbers game of probability—the more time that passes and worker hours are logged without an injury the closer you get to experiencing an injury.  Therefore does a ...

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Man waiting for late father’s Wah Chang compensation

toxic, wah chang

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As of last week, 219 current or former Wah Chang employees or their survivors had received more than $35 million in benefits as compensation from the federal government for cancers contracted through radiation exposure at the Millersburg metals refinery. Most of them owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Backer, whose petition on behalf of his ...

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Welspun awarded $47 million contract for Diamond Pipeline

EIA forecasts short-term energy output

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Welspun Tubular says it’s received a $47 million order to help build a 440-mile pipeline that will carry oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Memphis, Tennessee. Welspun and Diamond Pipeline LLC say the order accounts for approximately two-thirds of the pipe needed to build the Diamond Pipeline. The $900 million pipeline will be capable of transporting ...

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