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AUSTIN, Texas-- There are 16 fertilizer production sites in Texas like the one that exploded in West, but authorities aren't clear how many of those might be located near schools or other residential centers, top state officials said Monday.
HONOLULU-- Tesoro Corp. said Monday it has agreed to sell its refining operations in Hawaii to Par Petroleum Corp. for $75 million plus the market value of its working capital. The deal expected to close in the third quarter comes after Tesoro told Hawaii state officials in May that it would lay off 165 workers at the Kapolei refinery.
AUSTIN, Texas-- The nonprofit, state-supervised property insurance agency for coastal Texas counties is expected to shore up its finances by the end of the year, the group told a state House panel on Monday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- NASA has eight new astronauts _ its first new batch in four years. In fact, four of the eight are women, the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected by NASA. They will report for duty in August at Johnson Space Center in Houston and join 49 astronauts currently at NASA.
DALLAS-- Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Monday that a physician with a long career in health policy and research will become the breast cancer charity's new president and CEO. Judith A. Salerno will replace Nancy Brinker as CEO of the Dallas- based organization.
*Market keeps an eye on standoff over Syria. At 0446 GMT, Brent was up 5 cents at $105.52 a barrel. U.S. oil added 5 cents to $97.82 after hitting a nine-month high near $99 a barrel in the previous session.
WASHINGTON, June 18- U.S. companies hoping to export natural gas are frustrated by lengthy delays and rule changes as they await U.S. Department of Energy approval of their applications and may turn to the courts to speed up the process.
*Market keeps an eye on standoff over Syria. SINGAPORE, June 18- Brent crude futures were barely changed around $105, holding not far off their strongest level in 10 weeks on mounting tensions in the Middle East, as investors remain cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting.
*Follows days after New York mayor's $20 billion plan. Four dozen elected officials, from localities as diverse as Washington D.C., Des Moines, Iowa and Santa Barbara County, California, released a one-page plan which laid out actions such as using more renewable energy and making buildings and infrastructure more energy-efficient.
NEW YORK-- Moody's Investors Service on Monday cut Service Corp. International Inc.' s corporate family rating to "Ba3" from "Ba2," citing the additional debt the company will take on to finance its acquisition of rival Stewart Enterprises Inc.. Moody's also on Monday reduced Service Corp.' s probability of default rating to "Ba3" from "Ba2."
NEW YORK-- Shares of Carrizo Oil& Gas Inc. rose Monday after the company boosted second-quarter oil production guidance. THE BIG PICTURE: The Houston- based company said results in the Eagle Ford Shale have been better-than-expected, with oil production averaging roughly 9,500 barrels per day through the first two months of the quarter.
LAS VEGAS-- Pinnacle has reached an agreement in principle with federal regulators on the structure of its proposed acquisition of rival Ameristar Casinos Inc..
HOUSTON-- Natural Resource Partners LP said Monday that it reached a deal to buy non-operated working interests in producing oil and gas properties in North Dakota and Montana from Abraxas Petroleum Corp. for about $35.3 million in cash. Natural Resource Partners units closed at $22.50 on Friday, and have traded between $16.90 and $24.37 in the past 52 weeks.
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico-- Heavy weekend rains have caused severe flooding in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras on the border with Texas. Canales says the storm that began Friday afternoon and continued into Saturday dropped 60 percent of the rain usually seen in a full year in Piedras Negras.
WASHINGTON-- Park rangers, wildlife refuge workers and U.S. Park Police experienced more assaults and threats from visitors last year than in 2011, according to a group that represents federal resource workers.
LONDON, June 17- Even without a relaxation of the ban on U.S. crude oil exports, the ripples of the shale revolution have already reached Asia. More than half of Saudi Arabia's crude exports head to refineries in China and the rest of Asia.
WASHINGTON, June 14- In the final months leading up to the launch of the key piece of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, the administration is preparing a public-education campaign designed to connect directly with the audience most critical for the law's success.
Cutting is now in full swing from north Texas to the Kansas border, "said Mark Hodges, director of the farmers group Plains Grains Inc. The increasing supply weighed on futures, with Chicago Board of Trade July wheat easing 4-3/ 4 cents to $6.80- 3/ 4 per bushel, the lowest settlement since April 2.
The letter, which was reviewed by Reuters, was sent on May 21 by former securities broker David Evansen to Richard Ketchum, the chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Susan Axelrod, FINRA's executive vice president of regulatory operations.
June 14- Oil production in North Dakota, home to much of the Bakken shale formation, will surge during the summer months and could exceed the state's forecast of 850,000 barrels per day by the end of the year, state regulators said on Friday.