• Folk singer wrote 26 songs promoting Columbia River and dams


    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Before Macklemore or Nirvana, this land was Woody Guthrie's land. It was 75 years ago that the celebrated folk singer traveled across Washington and Oregon, composing 26 songs that extolled the virtues of Grand Coulee Dam and the electricity it produced. It was one of the most productive months of Guthrie's career, and will be celebrated on Saturday with a gathering at the giant dam on the Columbia River that remains the nation's greatest producer of hydropower. The 26 songs composed in the spring of 1941 included favorites like "Roll on Columbia," ''Pastures of Plenty," and "The Biggest Thing that Man has Ever Done." Collectively they are known as "The Columbia River Songs.

  • Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant


    CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind turbines that will generate 20 megawatts of power northwest of downtown Cleveland. The project's estimated cost is between $120 million and $128 million. The latest grant brings total federal funding for the project to nearly $51 million. The Lake Erie wind farm would be the nation's first offshore fresh water project. Plans call for the turbines to be op

  • Hercules Offshore files for bankruptcy protection, again


    NEW YORK (AP) — Oilfield services company Hercules Offshore has worked out an agreement with lenders before it seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the second time will have done so in less than year. This time, however, the company is selling assets to pay off investors. Hercules transferred the right to acquire the rig, formerly named Hercules Highlander, to a subsidiary of Maersk Drilling. Maersk Highlander UK Ltd. succeeds to the right to take delivery of the rig and will settle the final payment of approximately $196 million with Jurong. In August of 2015, the company filed for bankruptcy and emerged in November after restructuring with a new $450 million credit facility. That filing showed that the Houston co

  • Nigeria: Local leaders back militants hitting oil production


    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Community leaders in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta are voicing support for a new group of violent militants, saying their demands for a greater share of oil wealth match the aspirations of local people to protest decades of abuse and pollution. Participants in a stakeholders' meeting Thursday in Warri accused Nigeria's government of a heavy-handed military response and warned such a campaign will not stop attacks that have cut oil production by more than 40 percent. The attacks have caused Nigeria to lose its position as the conti nent's biggest producer to Angola. A bomb attack Thursday forced U.S.-based oil major Chevron to halt onshore activities in Nigeria at its 160,000-barrel a day Escravos

  • Gulfport hospital receives $2.3 million FEMA grant


    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Memorial Hospital in Gulfport is getting more than $2 million to expand its electrical generator capacity ahead of hurricane season. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said in a news release Thursday the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant will be help pay for the installation of two 2,250 kilowatt bi-fuel system generators to help provide the facility with a more reliable electricity supply. The FEMA grant will cover 75 percent of the $3.1 million cost of the project.

  • Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban


    FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction. The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus shale rock formation. State environmental regulators are developing rules for allowing companies to use the technique to drill for gas as early as October 2017. The process, also called fracking, pumps highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to fracture the shale and release gas.

  • UN agency reports Iranian has complied with nuclear deal


    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has corrected one violation of its landmark nuclear deal with six world powers and is honoring all other major obligations, the U.N. atomic energy agency reported Friday. The U.N's International Atomic Energy Agency is responsible for monitoring the agreement Iran signed last year with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany that reduces and limits Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. In February, a month after the deal's implementation, the agency noted that Iran had produced heavy water beyond its allotted limit of 143.3 tons (130 metric tons.), Friday's The confidential assessment, obtained by The Associated Press, said Tehran was now below that amount.

  • French protesters disrupt airport; gas shortages ease

    French protesters disrupt airport; gas...


    PARIS (AP) — Union activists disrupted the Marseille airport Friday and halted activity at half of the country's oil refineries in protests over changes to France's labor system, but nationwide gasoline shortages eased slightly after government intervention. Tensions let up slightly Friday after one-day strikes and protests Thursday pitting unions against the Socialist government and leaving many drivers in the lurch. The heart of their dispute is a labor bill that would loosen rules on France's 35-hour work week and make it easier for employers to hire — and fire. Some unions continued the strike into Friday, and France's main oil company Total said four of its eight refineries were at a standstill.

  • South Sudan: Army major arrested allegedly smuggling ivory


    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan authorities arrested an army major and a Chinese oil worker for allegedly trafficking elephant ivory and endangered pangolin meat through the country's Paloich oil fields. National wildlife service officer Bona Adino said he arrested the army officer at Juba International Airport Tuesday with 27 pieces of cut ivory from eight elephants on a cargo flight to Paloich, the country's only functioning oil fields. On Wednesday, an airport sniffer dog unit found 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of frozen pangolin meat in the luggage of a Chinese national upon his arrival in Juba from Paloich where he works as an oil engineer, according to documents shown to reporters by National Wildlife Service extern

  • Stocks edge up as investors await Yellen talk, US data

    Stocks edge up as investors await Yellen talk,...


    HONG KONG (AP) — Global stock markets rose modestly on Friday as the investment outlook remained uncertain ahead of U.S. economic data and remarks by the head of the Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was up 0.1 percent to 10,279 while France's CAC 40 edged up almost the same rate to 4,514. Britain's FTSE 100 was 0.1 percent higher at 6,269. U.S. stocks were poised to open marginally higher, with Dow and S&P 500 futures each up 0.1 percent. FED IN FOCUS: Investors will be watching to see what Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has to say about monetary policy. She's scheduled to hold a "conversation" about interest rates with a professor at an event at Harvard University.

  • Spain gets EU consent to spend $2.4BN on shutting coal mines


    MADRID (AP) — Spain has won approval from European authorities to spend 2.13 billion euros ($2.4 billion) on the closure of 26 coal mines by 2018. The government expenditure includes covering production losses as the uncompetitive mines wind down, providing financial support to laid-off workers through severance payments and social security benefits, and financing safety and other works after the mines close. The European Commission, which approves state aid as long as it doesn't distort competition, gave the go-ahead Friday after agreeing to Spain's closure plan, which has brought protests from some miners.

  • Colorado governor's book raises Clinton veep speculation

    Colorado governor\'s book raises Clinton veep...


    DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper, Colorado's term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ticket. Hickenlooper insists he hasn't been approached by Clinton's camp, and he uses self-deprecating humor to deflect queries about his ambitions. But his name has come up before. "Everyone says I'm on the short list," he said recently. "I think it's probably a long list; I'm probably closer to the bottom." Hickenlooper is one of few Democratic governors who survived off-year Democratic routs over the past eight years. Virginia U.S. Sen.

  • Oklahoma plugging in briefs for May 27

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Oklahoma plugging in briefs for May 27, 2016


    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $46 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $34 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 16: COMPLETION Washington: Harrington Orville; Kane No. 9KE Well; NE1/4 SE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 of 26-27N-13E; TD 1,370. INTENT TO DRILL Grady: Marathon Oil Co.; Michelle Abel No. 1-11-2XH Well; S1/2 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (BHL) of 02-03N-06W; TD 23,362. Kingfisher: Chesapeake Operating LLC; Vincent 25-18-7 No. 1H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 25-18N-07W; TD 11,650. Murray: Bays Exploration Inc.; Zeleniak No. 1 Well; NE1/4 SE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 of 01-01S-01E; TD 8,798. Stephens:

  • G7 leaders pledge collective action on sagging global growth

    G7 leaders pledge collective action on sagging...

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) — The leaders of the Group of Seven rich economies pledged Friday to "collectively tackle" major risks to global growth, including direct political threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows. Meeting at a seaside resort with expansive views of a scenic bay and emerald-green islands, G-7 leaders wrapped up their annual summit Friday in central Japan claiming a "special responsibility" for leading international efforts to cope with those challenges. They also committed to a cooperative approach in beefing up policies to stimulate and sustain growth of their sluggish economies.

  • Asian stocks mostly higher ahead of Yellen talk, US data

    Asian stocks mostly higher ahead of Yellen...

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday as investors maintained a cautiously optimistic outlook while they waited for U.S. economic data and remarks by the Fed chief. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.4 percent to 16,843.73 and South Korea's Kospi gained 0.2 percent to 1,961.15. Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.3 percent to 20,329.79 and the Shanghai Composite Index dipped 0.2 percent to 2,815.72, but Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.5 percent to 5,415.90. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Southeast Asia also rose. FED RATE: Investors will be watching to see what Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has to say about monetary policy.

  • California adopts map showing power-line fire danger

    California adopts map showing power-line fire...

    Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California regulators who oversee the state's electricity on Thursday adopted a map that shows where power lines pose the greatest wildfire danger. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the use of what it calls Fire Map 1, which shows parts of the state that are especially in danger for ignition and spread of power-line fires due to strong winds, dry vegetation and other environmental conditions around the lines. The CPUC says the map is meant to help prevent power-line blazes like the catastrophic and deadly 2007 wildfires that burned 334 square miles across Southern California in 2007 and a wildfire in Northern California's Amador and Calaveras counties in 2015 that torched 115 squar

  • Some energy analysts feel optimistic oil downturn shows signs of improvement

    Some energy analysts feel optimistic oil...

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Domestic oil prices on Thursday briefly topped $50 a barrel as optimism gave the energy industry hope that a nearly two-year downturn in prices is improving.

  • Oklahoma City shareholders meetings reflect state of the company, energy industry

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Annual shareholder meetings at Oklahoma City’s larger energy companies — Devon and Chesapeake — have been much more businesslike and straightforward than previous years. Discussions with activist investors and environmentalists have been cordial.

  • Oklahoma City company upgrades software design, enabling it to expand despite oil downturn

    Oklahoma City company upgrades software design,...

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Reagan Resources, an Oklahoma City-based land and title company, has doubled its staff and added clients this year while many oil and natural gas companies have cut their budgets and laid off workers. The company credits an update of its LandRush software for its success.