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  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 this week to 541.. Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming lost two apiece and Kansas was off by one. Alaska, Arkansas, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's region covers...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 10- Bankrupt coal miner Arch Coal Inc has reached a deal with the state of Wyoming that will provide it with temporary relief from liability for millions of dollars in future cleanup costs for coal mines, according to court documents. Arch said in a court filing that the state of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality have agreed...

  • Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:49 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company's $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch's two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world's largest coal complexes. For years, an ongoing agreement...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets. Bristol, Virginia- based Alpha announced the offer in a filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia. The offer includes all Alpha coal assets in Pennsylvania and Wyoming; the...

  • CVS Health's fourth-quarter profit rose 13 percent, as acquisition gains helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager meet Wall Street's earnings expectations. That deal, which closed last summer, gave CVS Health national reach in dispensing prescription drugs to assisted living and skilled nursing homes, long-term care facilities,...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by 19 rigs, Oklahoma dropped eight, Louisiana dropped five, Pennsylvania lost three, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming each declined by two and Ohio dropped...

  • Wyoming sees record number of tourists in 2015 Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 10:09 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming attracted a record number of tourists— and their money— in 2015, according to preliminary numbers. Lower fuel prices, well executed marketing campaigns and more foreign travelers all had a part in boosting travel in Wyoming and nationwide, state Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober said. According to preliminary numbers, a...

  • Ranchers ask for more Air Force flight information Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 12:52 PM ET

    The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association's request to officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base this week addresses the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, which roughly quadrupled the training airspace to nearly 35,000 square miles in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming— the largest over the continental U.S. Stockgrowers president Bill Kluck said...

  • GILLETTE, Wyo.— Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. President Barack Obama's administration has ordered a three-year moratorium on sales of federal coal reserves, and it's putting a rare mood on folks in Gillette, a ranching-turned-energy town of 32,000: pessimism.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The Obama administration, in the first major review of the country's coal program in three decades, on Friday ordered a pause on issuing coal-mining leases on federal land as part of new executive actions to fight climate change. Most leases are on public land in Western states, primarily Wyoming, along with Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The Obama administration is due on Friday to announce an overhaul of how the United States manages coal development on federal land, and freeze new coal mining, according to government and conservationist sources, in a further move to confront climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to make the announcement at midday...

  • What cowboy boots are telling us about oil prices Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | 12:32 PM ET
    A still from a Boot Barn commercial. Boot sales reported soft third quarter sales thanks to pressures in oil and commodity-related markets.

    Boot Barn says sales during its recently ended quarter were hurt by weakness in regions where the local economy depends on oil.

  • Jan 4- Tallgrass Energy Partners LP said it would buy an additional 31.3 percent stake in Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC for about $743.6 million from Tallgrass Development LP. Tallgrass Energy Partners will pay $475 million in cash and 6.52 million in common units to Tallgrass Development. Tallgrass Energy Partners and Tallgrass Development are...

  • Drillers added 17 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 18, bringing the total up to 541, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. In the minutes after Baker Hughes released the report, U.S. crude futures fell 20 cents to $34.29 a barrel, the lowest level since February 2009, before paring losses. U.S. crude futures for next year were trading...

  • Drillers removed 21 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 11, bringing the total rig count down to 524, the least since April 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. U.S. crude futures fell as low as $35.35 a barrel on Friday, its lowest level since February 2009, after the International Energy agency warned global oversupply could...

  • On Friday, OPEC decided to keep production near record highs despite depressed prices, as a way to boost market share by forcing rivals to reduce output. Drillers removed 10 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 4, bringing the total rig count down to 545, the least since June 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report.

  • Drillers removed nine oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 25, bringing the total rig count down to 555, the least since June 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Baker Hughes issued the report two days earlier than usual due to the U.S. U.S. crude prices gained 20 cents after Baker Hughes issued the report, briefly pushing the...

  • Drillers removed 10 oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 20, the biggest weekly decline since late October, bringing the total rig count down to 564, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. U.S. crude oil futures averaged $41 a barrel so far this week, down from $43 last week, as crude inventories rose for the eighth consecutive week and...

  • Senators taking on EPA got big cash from coal Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 12:51 PM ET
    Mitch McConnell

    Many senators who voted this week to block EPA coal rules received healthy campaign donations from coal industry interest groups.