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  • SAN ANTONIO, Oct 4- Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in Texas on Thursday after she stood in front of an earth-moving machine clearing ground for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, her representative said.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- The governors of Oklahoma and Colorado say their effort to encourage manufacturers to produce compressed natural gas vehicles is gaining momentum. Mary Fallin and Colorado Gov. Fallin says dealerships representing Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Honda have submitted more than 100 bids.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- Rain that fell across much of Oklahoma last weekend helped to slightly reduce the severity of exceptional drought in the state. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows 28 percent of the state in exceptional drought _ the worst category.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 3- Chesapeake Energy Corp extended employment contracts with certain executives through the end of the year as its board of directors reviews the oil and gas company's compensation practices, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

  • Light synthetic crude for November delivery last sold for $9.75 a barrel over benchmark West Texas Intermediate, compared with $12 a barrel over WTI on Tuesday, according to Shorcan Energy Brokers. November Western Canada Select heavy blend was quoted at $11 a barrel under WTI, an 80- cent wider discount than on Tuesday.

  • The first sign of trouble showed up last Wednesday, when crews noticed loose seats on a plane that had flown from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Vail, Colo. The seats were tightened again that day in Boston. The same plane had to make an emergency landing Monday when seats came loose shortly after takeoff on a New York- to- Miami flight.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. crude oil inventories rose less than expected last week while oil product stockpiles fell slightly, data from the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday. Crude inventories rose 462,000 barrels in the week to Sept. 28, compared with analysts' expectations for a build of 1.5 million barrels, the API reported.

  • *Illinois, Montana refineries down for work. CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 2- Canadian crude prices strengthened on Tuesday, despite outages at some key U.S. refineries, after Syncrude Canada Ltd, one of the top to oil sands mining operations, reported lower production.

  • DALLAS-- American Airlines says passenger seats on a third flight came loose as the plane was airborne, and it's continuing to inspect other jets with similar seating. Separately an American flight on Tuesday from Chicago to London was diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland after a report of smoke in the cabin.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- Overall state revenue collections slightly outpaced those from the prior year, despite continued lower collections from oil and natural gas production, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller reported Monday. Overall, gross collections for the month totaled $988 million, an increase of $27 million, or nearly 3 percent, from September 2011.

  • DALLAS-- The federal government is examining two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes in the last three days. On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York after three passenger seats came loose shortly after takeoff.

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama Power's agreements to purchase wind-generated power put it among the leading investor-owned utilities in the Southeast to pursue the renewable source, a national organization said.

  • Hertz said it plans to use the offering's proceeds to finance part of its tender offer for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc.' s shares and refinance some of that company's existing debt. In August, Park Ridge, N.J.- based Hertz reached a deal to buy Tulsa, Okla.- based Dollar Thrifty for $87.50 per share, or about $2.3 billion.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor says determining the cause of an explosion at an Oklahoma refinery that killed one worker and critically injured another could take months. Elizabeth Todd says Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are at the scene in Wynnewood Monday and could be there for up to a week.

  • Oct 1- Honeywell International Inc said its UOP unit would acquire a 70 percent stake in Thomas Russell Co, a privately held provider of technology and equipment for natural gas processing, for $525 million.

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