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Pig OK after flying out of trailer going 65 mph on highway

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Maybe pigs can fly. Authorities in northern Colorado say a 250-pound porker escaped relatively unscathed when it flew out of a trailer that was being pulled at about 65 mph on Interstate 25. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (http://goo.gl/RxdXaM ) the pig fell out of the trailer west of Windsor on Thursday morning and took refuge ...

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NextEra seeks to build natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma and Texas

Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy, Inc. said Thursday it plans to build a 250-mile natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma and Texas in its latest venture into the pipeline space. Southern Star Central Corp. and NextEra US Gas Assets, LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., said they have begun a binding open season to solicit commitments for transportation ...

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New bill would grant immunity to armed TN National Guard members

NASHVILLE — Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, says he will introduce a bill granting immunity and personal liability for Tennessee National Guard members now able to go armed after the July 16 attacks in Chattanooga. “Our Tennessee National Guardsmen have become targets of terrorists as demonstrated by the tragic events in Chattanooga,” said Briggs, a retired U.S. Army colonel with combat ...

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Ann McFeatters: Our confusing federal government at work

WASHINGTON — It’s time to look once again into the “what’s up with that?” actions of our government. The other day nearly 1,000 flights were cancelled or delayed on the East Coast, causing chaos in the entire air traffic system. Was it bad weather? A bomb scare? Bad equipment? None of the above. It was new software purchased by the Federal ...

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Retail gasoline prices down 2 cents this week across Texas

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas have declined 2 cents this week to settle at $2.36 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that compares to a 3-cent increase in nationwide prices at the pump, which average $2.65 per gallon. El Paso has the most expensive gasoline statewide this week at $2.58 per gallon. The association survey ...

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US oil imports rise as contango encourages storage: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – U.S. crude imports topped 8 million barrels per day (bpd) last week for only the second time this year, spurring an unexpected rise in stockpiles and sending U.S. oil prices down to a fresh post-crisis low. The United States imported 56.3 million barrels of crude ...

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Heitkamp: EPA methane rules harmful to Bakken, industry

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new standards that would cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40 to 45 percent by 2025. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said, “Energy production and clean air through reduced greenhouse gas emissions are not competing ideals, and efforts to reduce emissions don’t have to hurt our energy industry,” ...

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Navajo Nation confiscates water tanks after mine spill

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday ordered tribal police to confiscate water tanks delivered to Shiprock that were intended to hold water that residents could use to irrigate crops and water livestock. Tribal officials were concerned about what they said was contamination in the tanks. The tanks were needed after more than 3 million gallons of toxic ...

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Gov. Mead says it’s time to look at tapping rainy day fund

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Citing falling oil and coal revenues, Gov. Matt Mead said it is time to look at tapping into Wyoming’s rainy day fund and revisit whether the state should expand the federal Medicaid program. Mead said Wednesday that he didn’t believe the state needs to consider raising or imposing new taxes. “I don’t think that’s necessary at this time ...

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