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Mary Schimke is Managing Editor for Energy Media Group. Mary Schimke is Editor at Energy Media Group. She brings to the table 15 years of teaching, editing, and management experience. She graduated in 1999 from Minot State University with a BS in Education and a major in English. She has worked as a freelance editor for several independent clients in a variety of disciplines. Mary is currently a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University studying literary theory, criticism, and writing.

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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Oglala Sioux Tribe members to join pipeline protesters

Dakota Access, Oglala Sioux protest

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux Tribe members are traveling from their reservation in southwest South Dakota to join a growing protest against the construction of a four-state oil pipeline. Donna Solomon is the tribe’s legislative liaison. She says at least two buses and several cars carrying tribal members will arrive Monday evening to the site of the protest ...

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Best Bets for Buying New Homes: Oil Patch Communities

Valley mortgage, buying a home, oil patch

If you are interested in buying a home in the oil patch communities in western North Dakota, you’re not alone. Many people have ended up in this region due to the abundance of high-paying jobs in the Bakken formation, where jobs surrounding the oil and gas industry have dominated the economy over the past few years. When the boom first ...

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‘Act of God’: Ruinous flooding catches Louisiana off guard

Louisiana weather, flooding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An act of God is how some are describing it, a catastrophic 48-hour torrent of rain that sent thousands of people in Louisiana scrambling for safety and left many wondering how a region accustomed to hurricanes could get caught off guard so badly. At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 have ...

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Judge tosses flag desecration charge; was pipeline protest

American flag, pipeline protest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flag desecration charge was dropped Monday for a man who protested a crude oil pipeline that crosses his property by hanging an American flag upside down at his home, online court records show. Homer Martz, 63, was charged Friday under a state law that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or ...

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Work at first US offshore wind farm is in its final phases

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm is in its final phases. Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, is expected to be operational this fall. Crews at the site are working on the tower sections for the fourth turbine this week. They’ll begin working on the blades in the coming ...

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North Dakota patrol asks motorists to avoid pipeline protest

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid state Highway 1806 near Fort Rice because of an oil pipeline protest along the road. Troopers say traffic delays are expected on the highway that runs through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are protesting ...

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NIPSCO to raze closed plant, clean site for development

coal-fired power plant, pollution

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is moving ahead with a project to demolish a long-shuttered Gary power plant and clean up the site along Lake Michigan. The Merrillville-based utility says the demolition of its Dean H. Mitchell power plant and the site’s environmental cleanup will cost an estimated $18 million. NIPSCO says it will work with ...

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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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Jenkins, Pompeo warn of ‘attack’ on fossil fuel industry

pumpjacks

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas oil and gas producers listened to dire warnings about their industry’s future from two House members during their convention in Wichita. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins told the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association on Monday that it is still an assault on the industry by President Barack Obama’s administration from a regulatory environment to tax ...

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