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Energy, voting rights loom in congressional special election

Apr. 13, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican congressional nominee and New Mexico state Sen. Mark Moores is staking out a campaign platform based on support for the oil and natural gas industry, robust police funding and taxation issues, ahead of a rapid-fire special election. The...

Fracking ban fails to advance in California Legislature

Apr. 13, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers Tuesday rejected a bill that would have banned fracking in the state, succumbing to pressure from the powerful oil and gas industry and their labor union allies who warned the bill would have cost good-paying jobs. The bill...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors. The...

Homeowners, group seek action on Alabama Power's solar fee

Apr. 11, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Homeowners and an environmental group are asking federal regulators to step in over Alabama Power’s fees on home solar panels, fees they argue purposely discourages the use of solar in the sun-rich state. The petition filed with the Federal...

Duke Energy division planning $180M Indiana solar farm

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A division of Duke Energy that develops renewable energy projects plans to build a $180 million solar farm in western Indiana that would produce enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The Hoosier Jack Solar farm proposed by Duke Energy...

Nevada Democrats’ priorities emerge on bill deadline day

Apr. 09, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers sped through hundreds of proposals on Friday to meet another major deadline of the 2021 legislative session, which required most bills to pass out of their first committee before Saturday to remain up for consideration. ...

Proposal would let Arizonans retain services in dire weather

Apr. 09, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new proposal by an Arizona state commission would allow residents who cannot pay their gas and electric bills to retain their services during extreme heat or cold. The new rules would replace an emergency shutoff moratorium adopted in 2019 and...

Hilcorp ordered to replace aging Alaska pipeline after leak

Apr. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators have ordered Hilcorp Alaska to replace a 7-mile (11-kilometer) undersea pipeline after a helicopter pilot spotted a natural gas leak bubbling to the surface last week. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration...

WVa income tax cut plan advances to House of Delegates

Apr. 08, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republicans' attempt to cut the state income tax took a key step forward after the state Senate narrowly approved a measure on Wednesday night. But its fate remains uncertain in the House of Delegates, despite a Republican...

Seattle utility submits revised dam study plan for review

Apr. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A public utility in Seattle has broadened its study plan for the relicensing of its Skagit River dams in response to requests from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and other stakeholders, officials said. Seattle City Light submitted the revised...