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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...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy. Currently, companies that participate in the state's community-based energy development program have to spend at least 25 percent of their total investment on...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's GOP- led Senate expanded a House bill on Tuesday that would ban municipalities from barring the use of plastic bags and also stop cities and towns from increasing their minimum wage— a move some Democrats criticized as inhibiting local control. Mike Kehoe, who ushered the House bill through the Senate, later dropped the provision to...

  • 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.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Ride-hailing company Uber said Tuesday that it is pulling out of Kansas after the Republican-dominated Legislature overruled GOP Gov. Uber entered Kansas in 2014 and had grown its pool of subcontracted drivers to 700, primarily operating in Wichita and Kansas City. Shortly after the Senate vote, the Uber app displayed a message to Kansas riders...

  • The SEC has ramped up its use of the in-house court since 2010 when the Dodd-Frank law empowered the commission to seek penalties against a broader array of defendants through administrative proceedings. In administrative trials, an SEC judge presides over the hearing. Defendants in SEC cases have been pushing back against the increased use of the in-house...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut lawmakers are wrestling with a bill that bans the import, sale and purchase of ivory or rhinoceros horns, with some voicing concern about the impact on collectors whose treasures could be rendered worthless. The legislation is intended to make Connecticut's laws conform with those in nearby New Jersey and New York, sending a message...

  • McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said that as soon as the Senate finishes work on budget and Iran legislation, he will attempt to bring up a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. "Of course we've heard of an attempt to stand in the way of an effort to pass this bipartisan legislation," McConnell said of the trade bill on the Senate floor.

  • Don Guardian said Tuesday the meeting will include Florida developer Glenn Straub, representatives of Caesars Entertainment, Trump Entertainment Resorts, and Stockton University. But Trump Entertainment is invoking a 1988 legal covenant prohibiting Showboat from being used as anything other than a casino. In addition to the 1988 covenant between Trump...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter. The deficit rose to $51.4 billion, the largest trade gap since October 2008 and more than 43 percent higher than in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

  • They use complicated corporate structures that protect their China- based parent companies from U.S. lawsuits. The report calls on Congress to establish that Chinese companies fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and require that Chinese firms assign agents to accept subpoenas and other U.S. court documents. That forces plaintiffs into a cumbersome...

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit in March at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Tuesday. WIDER DEFICIT: The expectation is that the deficit increased to $41 billion, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. TRADE DRAG: In February, the U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $35.5 billion, down from $42.7 billion in January, as imports...

  • Senate adopts GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare' Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 3:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall. And in the near term the GOP plan promises a $38 billion, 7 percent increase for the Pentagon that is possible only by padding war accounts. Republicans and many...

  • LOS ANGELES— Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles. "In its push for growth, Wells Fargo often elevated its profits over the legal rights of its customers," Feuer said.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska counties looking to expand livestock operations could receive extra funds for planning and improving infrastructure under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature. Senators voted 37-0 Monday on a measure by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would funnel $1.5 million to counties approved by the Nebraska director of...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide to Reid said on Monday he would try to delay the " Trade...

  • Bill gutting fracking bans advances in Texas Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    HOUSTON, May 4- A bill giving Texas the sole right to regulate the oil and gas industry and take away the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules moved a step closer to becoming law on Monday after it passed the Senate. The bill, approved by the state's House of Representatives last month, now heads to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Abbott.

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide to Reid confirmed he would try to delay the " Trade...

  • NEW YORK, May 4- A company that distributed films such as " Major League" and "Ace Ventura" was cleared to exit bankruptcy on Monday after a U.S. judge criticized a federal official for being too devoted to legal doctrine in trying to block the move. Judge Shelley Chapman, in New York, approved the settlement, under which bankrupt Inverness Distribution Ltd will repay...