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Louisiana infrastructure funding needs to become a priority

cracked asphalt road

As Louisiana looks hopefully toward an industrial boom, with several major oil- and gas-related facilities planned or in progress along the coast, officials are concerned about the increased strain on the state’s infrastructure. According to Cole Avery for the Times-Picayune, state leaders and industry insiders pushing for investments in infrastructure should be made a priority. The CEO of Louisiana Associated ...

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Hijacked Vietnamese tanker returned to port

The Vietnamese oil tanker which went missing last week has been recovered. The Sunrise 689 was released by its hijackers, returning to port at 5 p.m. (5 a.m. CST), according to Hilary Whiteman and Euan McKirdy for CNN. All 18 crew members on board were safely aboard the vessel. The ship had been relieved of approximately 2,000 tons of the ...

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$17.1 million bond levy passed for school expansion

Alexander Public School has received exciting news regarding the passing of the $17.1 million bond levy. It’s an exciting time for the district, as constituents voted in favor Tuesday evening of the $17.1 million bond levy that will expand the K-12 school in size by double.  The bond levy was approved 72 in favor to only 11 votes opposing.  Although ...

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A Diamond in the rough(neck)

61-year-old Carla Restivo isn’t too worried about abiding by the stereotypical norms associated with today’s workforce society, but rather shattering them completely. In a profession dominated by men, and I mean dominated–95 percent to be exact–Restivo is just one of a few women “roughnecking” it in the oil fields. Restivo has been roughing it with the boys for parts of ...

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Penn. township looks to amend oil and gas ordinance

oil rig with beautiful sunset

Oil and gas development in the Upper Burrell Township could soon be limited to specific zoning areas with an amendment to the town’s oil and gas drilling ordinance, according to a report by TribLive. On Monday, township supervisors granted permission to solicitor Stephen Yakopec Jr. to draft the proposed amendment. Voters would have to approve the change, and no date ...

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CN freight train derails, catches fire (Video)

fire

A Canadian National Railway Company (CN) freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed on Tuesday, causing over 20 railcars to catch on fire, according to the Associated Press. The train was made up of three locomotives hauling 100 railcars, two of which were carrying petroleum distillates, which ultimately caused the massive fire and billows of thick, black smoke. No members of ...

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Odessa car theft results in multiple stab wounds

A 22-year-old man sustained serious injuries in a stabbing that erupted Wednesday after he tried to retrieve his stolen car. The Odessa American Eagle reports Jose Pinon-Arroyo was pumping gas at a Stripes gas station on West University in Odessa when a man stole his gold Ford Contour and drove off. Pinon-Arroyo later spotted the suspect inside the stolen vehicle ...

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Comerica Bank: Texas economy still hurting

Fuel prices may be slowly creeping their way back up, but the Texas economy still suffers from this year’s slump in prices. Economists for Comerica Bank attributed the 2.7 percent dip in the bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index to 98.5 percent to the decline and slow recovery of oil and gas prices, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. “The Texas ...

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