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Company seeks to build non-combustion plant in Pennsylvania

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COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A renewable energy company is scrapping plans to build an electricity plant in Pennsylvania in favor of a non-combustion plant that would use waste tires. Crawford Renewable Energy had planned to build a 90-megawatt power plant about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh in Cochranton. But the company says the plant is “economically unfeasible” due to falling wholesale ...

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Company investigating petroleum plant fire in Pennsylvania

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PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — Company officials say they’re investigating a fire and explosion at a western Pennsylvania petroleum processing plant. Sonneborn Corp. said Friday that the fire at its plant in Petrolia was under control in about an hour and that no serious injuries resulted. No chemicals were released or spilled during the incident. Butler County 911 dispatchers say the ...

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United Mine Workers expects 5,000 at Pennsylvania rally

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America say they expect 5,000 people to rally and march in southwestern Pennsylvania to safeguard pensions and health benefits. The union is concerned because environmental regulations on coal-burning plants have combined with abundant supplies of natural gas to drive down demand for coal at power plants. Earlier this week, Virginia-based Alpha ...

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Explosion, fire controlled at Pennsylvania petroleum plant

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PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — A fire at a western Pennsylvania petroleum processing plant is under control, though 911 dispatchers say there’s a report of one injury. Officials at the Sonneborn Corp. plant in Petrolia declined immediate comment. Butler County 911 dispatchers say the incident was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday and most fire crews were being released from the ...

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Cops: Central Pennsylvania woman killed coal mine’s roosters

May the majestic fowls of the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine rest in peace. (Image via Pixabay)

ASHLAND, Pa. (AP) — Police say a woman killed two roosters who kept coal miners company in central Pennsylvania because their crowing woke her up. Ashland police have charged 21-year-old Jenna Caso with shooting the birds, which had been donated to the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine. The birds were donated after another rooster called “Big Red” and a hen named “Anne-thracite” ...

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Wolf vetoes fiscal code bill related to Pennsylvania budget

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed the state’s fiscal code, which was passed along with the Pennsylvania budget, citing concerns about how it divides money for schools, borrows $2.5 billion, affects greenhouse gas emissions at power plants and regulates oil and gas drilling. The first-term Democrat made the fiscal code his first veto of the year Friday ...

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Ratings agencies see much not to like in Pennsylvania budget


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the days after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf finally put a stake in the Pennsylvania budget impasse that has captured the Capitol for more than a year, his office wasted no time in publicizing three analyses by financial firms that delved into what it means for the state’s future. The reviews were anything but positive. The administration ...

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Average gasoline price could break $2 threshold

Average gasoline price could break $2 threshold

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline may rise above $2 soon. A gallon of gas averaged $1.99 in the United States late Monday afternoon, according to GasBuddy.com. The average price has risen 5 cents in the past week. The average price for a gallon of gas in Houston was $1.84 on Monday afternoon, up 6 cents from ...

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Federal funds to aid layoff-hit Appalachian coal communities

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian coal communities hit hard by layoffs will get $45 million in federal funding to help them diversify their economies, create new jobs and retrain workers. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it’s part of a $65.8 million grant package through the Obama administration’s Partnership for ...

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The Latest: Fed still expects benefits of cheaper gas

The Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is shown on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Fed is keeping short-term interest rates unchanged at a range between 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent, citing the risks posed by global economic and financial turmoil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, which ended Wednesday. The central bank kept interest rates steady amid uncertainty about the global economy and financial markets. (All times local) 4:00 Federal Reserve officials are still waiting for cheaper oil and gas to boost consumer spending and perk up the economy. Fed Chair Janet Yellen ...

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