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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

ex-coal CEO, mine explosion, prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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Pittsburgh Penguins say PPG Paints is taking over arena name

Consol energy center, PPG Paints Arena

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are shifting their arena naming rights from Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena. The move comes as Pittsburgh-based PPG increases its efforts in the retail paint business and Consol, based in suburban Cecil Township, has struggled with financial losses while transitioning from a coal-based firm to one fueled by the future of natural ...

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Ayotte, Hassan clash over taxes, terror in Senate debate

The U.S. Capitol dome and U.S. Senate (R) in Washington, August 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have clashed over everything from taxes, to immigration, to the Iran nuclear deal in the first debate in their hotly contested race. The debate Friday at a packed conference room at the North Conway Grand Hotel in Conway was largely congenial, though both candidates ...

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New York state to help farms reduce carbon emissions

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is spending $2.5 million on efforts to help local farmers reduce their carbon emissions. The funding announced this week can also be spent on local initiatives to help prepare farms for droughts and other effects of climate change. The money will be awarded to local soil and water conservation districts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ...

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SCE&G announces $1M donation to help needy pay utility bills

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is providing $1 million toward helping poor, elderly and disabled customers pay their utility bills. SCE&G announced Monday its donation to The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. The nonprofit’s regional offices in Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia and Orangeburg will distribute the money. Eligible customers can get up to $500 annually ...

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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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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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Company restarts gasoline pipeline after leak in Alabama

Colonial pipeline, gasoline pipeline

ATLANTA (AP) — Colonial Pipeline restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that had been shut down because of a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South. The pipeline was reopened Wednesday evening, company officials said in a statement. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline ...

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Gov. Charlie Baker to sign order to help curb climate change

climate change, global warming

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order designed to limit the state’s contribution to global climate change. Baker says the order he plans to sign on Friday will lay out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change. The Republican said ...

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