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 By Roxana Hegeman    Regional    June 17, 2018 

Kansas farmers harvesting smaller winter wheat crop

MAYFIELD, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers are harvesting a smaller winter wheat crop amid an ongoing drought, but the size of the crop is offset some by higher-quality wheat and rising prices. "Our wheat is rolling out a little better than we...

 

Firefighter, 4 others injured in Oklahoma gas line rupture

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma firefighter and four other people were injured in an explosion and fire that followed the rupture of a natural gas line in Tulsa. Police say a tractor struck the gas line around 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the city's west...

 

Oklahoma base fixing some of Air Force's grounded bombers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Part of the U.S. Air Force's recently grounded bomber fleet is currently undergoing maintenance at Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base. The commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a "safety stand down" of all B-1B...

 

Kansas consumer advocates recommend Westar rate cuts

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas consumer advocates are recommending state utility regulators reject Westar Energy's request for a $17.2 million rate increase and instead order the company to cut rates. Employees of the Kansas Corporation Commission...

 

Agency to consider electric rate cut following judge signoff

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended approval of a proposed $64 million rate cut settlement agreement for Oklahoma's largest electric utility, clearing the way for state regulators to take a vote. Friday's...

 

National rig count falls by 3 to 1,059; Texas loses 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 1,059. At this time a year ago there were 933 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 863 rigs...

 

Permian Basin in Texas to double crude oil volumes by 2023

HOUSTON (AP) — The Permian Basin in West Texas is expected to become the third-largest oil producing region in the world. The Houston Chronicle reports that research shows the Permian is on track to produce more oil within five years than any OPEC...

 

Crews respond to possible pipeline explosion near Hesston

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas pipeline exploded in rural central Kansas, sending flames shooting more than 75 feet (23 meters) into the air. A Harvey County dispatcher says the explosion was reported around 7:30 a.m. Friday...

 

Oklahoma's unemployment rate remains at 4 percent in May

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Unemployment in Oklahoma remained at 4 percent last month for the third consecutive month. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment remained unchanged in May....

 

Sierra Club sues Kansas over pork facility permits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Health and Environment challenging permits for a pork facility expansion. The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges permits issued for the expansion of a Phillips...

 

Crews respond to possible pipeline explosion near Hesston

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas pipeline exploded in rural central Kansas, sending flames shooting more than 75 feet (23 meters) into the air. A Harvey County dispatcher says the explosion was reported around 7:30 a.m. Friday...

 
 By Keith Ridler    Regional    June 14, 2018

Idaho asks Texas oil company to explain 'discrepancies'

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials want a Texas oil company to explain what a state agency calls "discrepancies" involving oil and gas production records for wells in Idaho following an evaluation of records dating back to 2014. The Idaho Oil and...

 

2 Oklahoma petroleum executives leave industry group

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association executives have left the industry trade group. The Oklahoman reports that Tim Wigley resigned as president on Sunday after the group's annual meeting in Texas. Spokesman Cody...

 

New Mexico regulators consider $2B transmission project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Developers of a $2 billion transmission project aimed at getting renewable energy from New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the American Southwest are looking to clear one more regulatory hurdle as they seek state...

 

Oklahoma OG&E customers could see rate cut under deal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Customers of Oklahoma's largest electric utility could get a break on their electric bills next month under a settlement agreement reached between the company and state regulators. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter...

 

Exxon Mobil, Plains All American plan Permian Basin pipeline

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline have agreed to build a pipeline to transport crude from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. Tuesday's announcement by Irving-based Exxon Mobil and Plains All...

 

Fire put out at biofuels plant in western Kansas

MINNEOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say crews have extinguished a fire at a biofuels plant in western Kansas. The Clark County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the blaze at the EGE plant near Minneola was put out by 6 p.m. Tuesday. The...

 

Oklahoma revenue collections top estimate by 20 percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund exceeded the monthly estimate by nearly 20 percent, a jump attributed largely to continued economic recovery. The Office of Management and Enterprise...

 

Death of Texas tycoon James Cotter leads to estate issues

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Real estate tycoon and cowboy extraordinaire James F. Cotter died as he lived, sowing confusion among the people he loved. Since his death from cardiac arrest Jan. 25, 2017, his estate has been the subject of much dispute and...

 

Biofuels plant fire near Minneola leads to evacuations

MINNEOLA, Kan. (AP) — Fire officials have asked residents near a biofuels plant in western Kansas to evacuate their homes as they fight a fire at the plant. Ford County Fire Lt. James Warnke said the fire at the EGE plant was contained to the...

 

New program could help offset costs of moving to Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita organization wants to help offset some costs to encourage more people to move to the area for jobs. The Wichita Community Foundation announced its partnership Monday with WSU Tech to create Wichita Promise MOVE. The...

 

Spilled potatoes close section of Kansas interstate

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A 6-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in eastern Kansas closed for nearly six hours and workers picked up a semi-trailer load of potatoes. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the potatoes were dumped Tuesday morning in Saline County...

 

Trial to begin for 2 men charged with stealing trade secrets

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two former employees of a Connecticut-based defense contractor accused of stealing trade secrets are set to go on trial. The trial of Jay Williams, of Griswold, and Jared Sparks, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, is scheduled to begin...

 

Woman sues NASA in Kansas over moon dust possession

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Tennessee woman is suing NASA in Kansas to affirm her ownership of lunar dust she says astronaut Neil Armstrong gifted to her. Laura Murray Cicco filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to establish her moon dust owne...

 

Economist projects New Mexico to reap oil, gas benefits

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A legislative economist has projected that growth in the production of oil and natural gas in southeast New Mexico will continue to drive up revenues for the state. Economist Dawn Iglesias presented the revenue outlook to memb...

 

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