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  • In Texas, which leads the nation in oil and natural gas production, a measure to limit local regulations to those deemed "commercially reasonable" has passed the Legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Gov. In Pennsylvania, after fracking in the Marcellus Shale deposit began booming in 2008, the Legislature imposed a 2012 law restricting...

  • MANSFIELD, Texas— Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas. The number of jobs nationwide in the sector that includes energy production has fallen...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate's top Democrat fiercely opposes expanded trade deals, but he signaled Tuesday he won't stand on the railroad tracks to block them. Under fast track— which, in a partisan twist, congressional Republicans generally support, and Democrats generally oppose— presidents can submit trade deals that Congress can endorse or kill, but not amend.

  • May 5- U.S. oil refiner Western Refining Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by lower crude costs. Western Refining, which has refineries in El Paso, Texas and Gallup, New Mexico, said cost of products sold fell 45 percent to $1.74 billion in the quarter. Net profit attributable to Western Refining rose 24 percent to $106 million, or $1.11...

  • The change follows New Mexico's scathing state audit report Thursday that found Taser hired Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz days after he stepped down in 2013— even as he remained on the city payroll. The Associated Press reported in March on similar arrangements between the Scottsdale, Arizona- based company and former Fort Worth, Texas, police chief...

  • The current coal contract for the San Juan Generating Station expires in 2017. That, along with uncertainty about the plant's ownership, have been sticking points as New Mexico regulators consider plans for closing part of San Juan and shifting to other sources of electricity. "Securing these two agreements provides clear evidence of our ability to execute...

  • PNM Resources beats 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ PNM Resources Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter earnings of $17.9 million. PNM Resources expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.50 to $1.62 per share. PNM Resources shares have fallen 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ROSWELL, N.M.— Four men have been charged with cruelty to animals after undercover video showed employees at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals. The misdemeanor counts were filed Monday in alleged the August offenses at Winchester Dairy LLC near Dexter, the Roswell Daily Record reported.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Albuquerque's former police chief potentially violated city and state ethics rules by influencing a no-bid $1.95 million contract to purchase body cameras before going to work as a consultant for the supplier, the New Mexico state auditor reported Thursday. Actions by Ray Schultz and his subordinates strongly suggest Taser...

  • Bill to ban criminal record question on job apps advances Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:13 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon employers would be barred from asking job seekers about their criminal backgrounds on application forms under a bill passed by House lawmakers Wednesday. Rob Nosse, said the measure will help people with criminal records earn a living and rebuild their lives. And all the research shows that access to housing and employment are among the two...

  • WASHINGTON— A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday, moving it closer to a vote in the full Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the bill, 15-5. Four Democrats joined all 11 committee Republicans to support the bill, which would...

  • Xcel construction plans not hampered by oil prices Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 5:05 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Despite a swing in oil prices, a company that provides electricity to customers throughout southeastern New Mexico and West Texas says it's not backing down from plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure in the region. Xcel Energy plans to spend more than $630 million on new high-voltage transmission and...

  • VAN HORN, Texas— An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st- century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart. The presence of Blue Origin, LLC, the brainchild of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, barely registers in nearby Van...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico— Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in the southwestern state of New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. More than 3,000 dancers, drummers and singers representing some 700 tribes from the United States and Canada typically attend the...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture and the inappropriate use of props. "The Ridiculous Six" is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix- only release.

  • LOS ANGELES— More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to...

  • Delek said it would buy 33.7 million Alon USA shares, valuing each share at $16.985, which is a premium of more than 8 percent to the stock's Tuesday close. Alon USA's shares were up 5 percent at $16.50 in trading after the bell on Tuesday, while Delek's shares rose 3.2 percent to $39.10. For a year after that, Delek can acquire up to 49.99 percent of Alon USA at its...

  • Delek said on Tuesday it would buy 33.7 million Alon USA shares and that the deal value was based on Delek's closing price of $37.90 on Tuesday. Delek said it would pay $200 million in cash, 6 million in stock and issue Alon Israel an unsecured $145 million promissory note maturing in January 2021. Delek has refineries in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas while...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The U.S. consumer bureau and the Navajo Nation filed charges on Tuesday against companies and executives they say used H&R Block franchises to operate an illegal tax-refund scheme. The CFPB said Jeffrey Scott Thomas and his company, J. Thomas Development of NM Inc, no longer own the four H&R Block franchises and that H&R Block did not...