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  • Ga. judge won't stop new Vidalia onion rule

    REIDSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge Tuesday refused to intervene in a legal battle between a prominent Vidalia onion farmer and the state's agriculture commissioner over a new regulation aimed at keeping unripe onions from reaching store shelves. Following a hearing in rural Tattnall...

  • Offshore rig taking on water but stable after wave

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An offshore drilling rig is taking on water but is stable after being hit by a large storm wave off the Texas coast. The U.S. Coast Guard says the rig was drilling for oil and gas in 3,000-foot depths around 10 a.m. Tuesday when the wave hit. Petty Officer Manda Emery...

  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. But this spring has kept him sidelined, and he's anything but alone. Spring...

  • Md. gives customers a break on utility cutoffs

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers are getting a break after an unusually cold winter. The commission's order recognized the commitment of certain utilities to extend until May 31 a period in which they are restricted from terminating service to...

  • EPA says CO2, cow-pig manure and urine rank 1-2-3 as global warming threat

    Warmer winter weather, which many environmentalists blame on global warming, actually helped to cut emissions of global warming-causing greenhouse gasses to the lowest level in a decade, according to a new EPA report on climate change. In the EPA's “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions...

  • Water issues eyed at New Mexico town hall meeting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A failure by New Mexico to address water supply challenges and climate change would have far-ranging effects on everything from national security to energy independence and the ability to compete in the global economy, a U.S. senator said Tuesday. The warning was...

  • Senators back state management of carbon emissions

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. The measure by the committee's...

  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to...

  • Shell to discuss petrochemical plant proposal

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shell Oil Co. plans to hold public meetings Wednesday to discuss the possibility of building a huge petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania. In early 2012, Shell chose a site about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh for the possible multibillion-dollar plant, and the...

  • Oil falls ahead of Ukraine meeting, US supply data

    The price of oil fell Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions over Ukraine and the latest report on U.S. oil supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery slid 30 cents to close at $103.75 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the Nymex contract rose 31 cents. Brent...

  • Southern agrees to coal research with Chinese firm

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southern Co. has signed a deal with a state-owned Chinese coal and energy company to help develop coal technologies, based in part on the coal gasification and carbon capture technology that Southern subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. is deploying at the $5 billion Kemper...

  • Reno unveils 4 new electric buses; $500K savings

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Transportation officials in Reno have added to their fleet four new buses that run solely on electric batteries. The buses are quieter, cleaner and cheaper than their gasoline-powered counterparts, according to officials for the Regional Transit Commission who expect to save...

  • Court upholds convictions in Ky. oil drilling scam

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence...

  • Md. probes energy suppliers amid cost complaints

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission says it's investigating five retail energy suppliers amid customer complaints about high gas and electricity bills last winter. One of the companies, Major Energy Services of Orangeburg, N.Y., said Tuesday it didn't do anything wrong. It...

  • Court rejects challenge to mercury emissions rule

    A federal court upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule that limits mercury and other toxic air emissions from power plants Tuesday, delivering a victory for the Obama administration and a blow to industry groups fighting the regulation.



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