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Jonesville ex-clerk arrested for stealing utility payments

theft, money, dollar

JONESVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Jonesville utility clerk has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in electricity payments by town residents. Attorney General Jeff Landry says Leigh Ann Ingram was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, malfeasance in office and computer fraud. Landry says the 47-year-old Jena resident diverted cash from the Catahoula Parish town’s ...

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US takes key step to implement sage grouse conservation plan

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have issued new guidelines that will help determine what restrictions are imposed on oil and gas drilling, livestock grazing and other activities in the West to protect the greater sage grouse. The guidelines released Thursday are part of a broader effort to save the distinctive bird without resorting to the Endangered Species Act, which ...

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Energy Department ends inquiry into Idaho radiation exposure

radioactive, radiation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s concerned about a radiation leak two years ago at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that contaminated nine workers but says it will not begin a formal investigation. In a letter Tuesday to Battelle Energy Alliance, a research contractor, the federal agency’s Office of Enforcement says the safety consequences of ...

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State looks to dismiss lawsuit over federal nuclear lab cleanup

Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Image: Larry Lamsa via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a watchdog group’s lawsuit over a cleanup effort at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons factories. Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed its lawsuit in federal court in May, naming the U.S. Energy Department and Los Alamos National Security LLC as defendants. The ...

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Company vows to continue crew camp battle in Williston

The city commission's decision to end Williston crew camps will likely face a legal battle. (Image: Tim Whitlow via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — As companies face a Thursday deadline to stop operating oil field crew camps in Williston, one is promising that the fight will continue. Target Logistics has issued a statement saying the city’s order to close the camps “represents economic protectionism at its worst,” and that a federal lawsuit against the city will continue. Targets Logistics, Halliburton ...

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AAA: Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices up this week

gas prices, AAA, highway

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas are up 3 cents this week to reach an average $2.04 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump nationwide rose 2 cents this week, to reach $2.22 per gallon. Corpus Christi has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $1.95 per gallon. The association survey ...

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The Latest: Retrofitting Montana power plant would be costly

Colstrip, coal-fired power plant

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Montana’s Colstrip power plant. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Federal officials say retrofitting Montana’s largest coal-fired power plant to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions would cost at least $1.2 billion. Representatives of the Department of Energy presented that finding to Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday ...

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More than 450,000 gallons of bad gas delivered across metro

ethanol, gasoline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State regulators say more than 450,000 gallons of gasoline containing three times the acceptable level of ethanol was delivered to retailers across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area over the last week. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported Tuesday that they were notified by Magellan Midstream Partners that the problem resulted from an equipment failure at its Oklahoma ...

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Man accused of stealing oil patch explosives signs plea deal

Tyler Porter, explosives

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his western North Dakota home has signed a plea agreement with the government, according to federal court documents released Wednesday. Authorities accuse Tyler Porter, 35, of stealing more than 200 explosives from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch ...

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Utility wants New Mexico regulators to act on electric rate request

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider wants state regulators to act on a proposed rate increase rather than delay a decision with more hearings. Public Service Co. of New Mexico filed a response Monday with the state Public Regulation Commission, saying extensive testimony and exhibits submitted over the course of the yearlong case provide enough information for ...

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