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  • North Dakota may fine truck company more than $2M Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— A Wyoming- based trucking company working in North Dakota could face fines of $2 million or more for operating without a license and illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, two North Dakota state agencies said Tuesday.

  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:32 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300- horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.

  • US rig count up 13 to 1,831 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 this week to 1,831.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.

  • Feds: Pipe tear caused 2009 oil refinery blast Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.

  • Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    JACKSON, Wyo.— Dozens of Jackson residents who were evacuated after land began shifting on a hillside in this Wyoming resort town waited Thursday to find out if and when they can return home.

  • Tension growing between ranchers, mustang backers Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming.

  • US rig count up 9 to 1,818 Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 7:13 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,818.. Louisiana lost six, Alaska fell by three, Kansas lost two and California, Colorado and Wyoming lost one each. Arkansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • Illinois agency aims to alter coal defender image Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public. Last week, The Associated Press reported another official had to repay $7,200 that he overcharged the state for mileage.

  • Wyoming high court sides with state on lodging tax Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled the state can collect the full tax amount on retail lodging sales made by online travel companies, even if they have no physical presence in the state.

  • Crow tribe pursues scaled down fuel plant Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana's Crow Tribe is pursuing a scaled-down proposal to build a plant converting coal and natural gas to liquid fuels after an earlier project stalled because of its high price tag, tribal leaders said Thursday.

  • Wyoming had lowest state-local tax burden in 2011 Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    The report released by the Tax Foundation shows that taxpayers in Wyoming paid 6.9 percent of their collective incomes in state and local taxes in 2011.. Wyoming overtook Alaska, which had been the least-taxed for multiple decades. After Wyoming and Alaska, the next lowest-taxed states were South Dakota, Texas, and Louisiana.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • Reports of coal's demise are greatly exaggerated Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    There's nothing like a polar vortex to drive down inventories and boost demand for coal, still a key generator of electricity. But how long will King Coal's run last?

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether class action claims against underwriters of securities issued by a unit of the now-defunct IndyMac Bancorp Inc should be able to proceed.

  • Uranium prices are hovering near eight-year lows because an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, crippling the Fukushima-Daiichi atomic power plant, and leading to the shutdown of nearly all reactors in the country, which previously relied on nuclear sources for 30 percent of its power.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- Supporters of U.S. energy exports have pounced on the crisis in Ukraine to press their case for faster approvals of liquid natural gas projects and for an end to a decades-long ban on exports of most U.S. crude oil.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Supporters of U.S. energy exports have pounced on the crisis in Ukraine to press their case for faster approvals of liquid natural gas projects and for an end to the decades-long ban on exports of most U.S. crude oil.

  • MORGANTOWN, West Va., Feb 26- As the Obama administration readies rules to force all U.S. power plants to lower the rate at which they produce greenhouse gases, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a major coal state, is trying to steer a bill through the Senate that he said would hold off the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 25- Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.

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