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Can rail infrastructure get back on track?

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THE FIRST TIME a chunk of concrete from the scarred and pockmarked 86-year-old 25th Street Bridge in South Philadelphia rained down on Ed Penna’s car and cracked his windshield, he sent the repair bill to CSX Corp., the Florida-based transportation giant that owns the lengthy overpass and controls most rail freight on the East Coast. He said CSX laughed that ...

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EDITORIAL: North Texans deserve more immediate action in response to earthquakes

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For people who live in and around Azle, patience has to be wearing thin. Since November, Azle and Reno have endured a spate of seismic activity believed to be related to 11 wastewater disposal wells used to get rid of wastes from gas drilling’s hydraulic fracturing process, known as fracking. The three-member Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and ...

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Boulder leaders describe lessons learned during flood

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Sarah Kuta | The Colorado Daily, Boulder Even though Boulder leaders had planned for a different kind of catastrophic flood than the one that occurred in September, much of their planning and mitigation efforts paid off anyway during the five-day deluge. Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum and City Manager Jane Brautigam described the lessons they learned from September’s floods to more ...

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St. Tammany council looking for earlier court date

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Although the court date for St. Tammany Parish Council’s case against Helis Oil & Gas is set for October 27, the council has requested that the hearing be moved to an earlier date, according to Robert Rhoden for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The request for a more timely hearing was made Friday (Sept. 12) after ...

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Odessa City Council examines its future

The Odessa City Council and members of the subcommittee overseeing economic development struggled to define an ongoing role for the group, the Odessa Development Corporation, in a Tuesday meeting. After more than an hour, members of the boards emerged with no final answer, agreeing to meet next month after reviewing the city’s long-term development plan, which is due soon. “When ...

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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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