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Judge upholds Colorado air quality rules for oil, gas sites

Jul. 31, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Denver district judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Weld County challenging new state regulations designed to cut oil and gas industry emissions. District Judge Michael Martinez granted a motion by the state to dismiss the case, agreeing with state attorneys that the rules, adopted under a...

Regulators order Eversource to suspend electric rate hikes

Jul. 31, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

Connecticut regulators on Friday ordered Eversource, the state's largest electric utility, to temporarily suspend a rate increase that appeared in customers' July bills and immediately restore rates to their June 30 levels so an investigation can be conducted into whether customers are being overcharged. The...

FILE - This March 3, 2020, file photo shows the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffet to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday, July 28, 2020, wrote Buffet, urging him to back the Klamath River project, which would be the largest dam removal in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

California governor asks Warren Buffett to back dam removal

Jul. 30, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffett to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday sent a letter to Buffett urging him to back...

Richmond police chief opposes tear gas ban, promises reforms

Jul. 30, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond’s police chief has expressed his opposition to a proposed ban on the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters, and says he's putting in place reforms on how officers can use them. Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said at a virtual public meeting Tuesday that...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired generating station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. Hearing examiners with the state Public Regulation Commission issued the recommendations Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Regulators tap solar to replace New Mexico coal-fired plant

Jul. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Solar-generated electricity and battery storage facilities will be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace a major coal-fired power plant, according to terms of a decision Wednesday from state utility regulators. The five-member Public Regulation Commission unanimously...

Federal officers are surrounded by smoke as they push back demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland

Jul. 29, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement the plan negotiated with Brown over the last 24 hours...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

County in oil-production zone fights stay-at-home order

Jul. 28, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A county in New Mexico's southeastern oil production region is backing a legal challenge against a statewide ban on indoor dining amid surging coronavirus infections across the state. Eddy County filed a legal brief with the New Mexico Supreme Court in solidarity with restaurants that...

FILE - In this Monday, July 18, 2016, file photo, former Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Householder, the Ohio House speaker now accused in a $60 million federal bribery probe, plays the long game when it comes to politics. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Ohio House sets Thursday vote to remove disgraced speaker

Jul. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House plans to vote Thursday on the removal of the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe, after Republicans took a secret vote on the matter Tuesday that was prompted by Larry Householder's refusal to resign. It...

Virginia utility regulator nominated for federal commission

Jul. 28, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission has been nominated to fill a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that President Donald Trump is nominating Mark Christie for the seat. The White House called Christie...

Auditor critical of Minnesota agency's dealings with public

Jul. 27, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Office of the Legislative Auditor is critical of how state utility regulators have dealt with the public, especially over Enbridge's proposal to replace an aging oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. An audit released Monday says the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has...