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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Report: Oil, gas helps fund Texas schools

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A report by North Texans for Natural Gas explains how the oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $4 billion per year to the Texas education system. Texas schools benefit from oil and gas royalties that are paid into the state’s Permanent School Fund and the Permanent University Fund. Local independent school districts also benefit from property taxes paid ...

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Expand pact to include fair taxation

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia wisely agreed last week to cooperate in many ways to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica shales gas development. But the agreement signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio does not address taxation, a major issue across the gas field. The compact pledges ...

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Legislators hear constituents’ concerns

PANAMA CITY — Bay County residents and representatives of a wide range of organizations lobbied Thursday night at the local legislative delegation meeting for their causes and concerns in the upcoming session. The speakers urged legislators to support a wide range of causes, from opposing fracking to banning e-cigarettes to providing state incentives to help bring in films to Bay ...

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New Mexico unemployment rates show improvement

According to data released Friday, New Mexico’s unemployment rate and job growth improved marginally in October. The state’s unemployment was 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent during September and from 6.8 percent last year. In the U.S., 34 state’s unemployment rates dropped, which is a sign that continuing hiring this year has been broadly spread across most of the country.  ...

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City seeks feedback for comprehensive plan

The city of Midland wants residents to think outside the box and let City Hall know what Midland should be like 20 or so years from now. The “Tall City Tomorrow” campaign is the city’s effort to get more public participation in its long-term comprehensive plan. Through Facebook, online surveys and several workshops scheduled next week at Midland County Public ...

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Across America, science center offerings on climate change are often scant

Nine out of 10 scientist believe that humans are causing global climate change, surveys suggest. But only about one out of two science-education facilities are discussing it at all. “I would say about half of [U.S. science facilities] have addressed the issue one way or another,” said Walter Staveloz, who has worked on climate-change issues at the Association of Science-Technology ...

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NMJC preps for oil, gas careers with new program

Zack Ponce | Carlsbad Current-Argus New Mexico Junior College is developing an oil and gas technology program that has the industry around the Delaware Basin “fired up,” said Kelly Tooker, the program’s director. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Bureau of Land Management State Director Jesse Juen toured NMJC’s Larry Hanna Training and Outreach Center in Hobbs, as well as the program’s ...

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Louisiana teachers gear up for Jump Start technical program to launch this year

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Training commences this week at the South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette for about 300 educators in the Louisiana public school system. High school and college level educators will be preparing for the implementation of the Jump Start program, which will launch this upcoming school year. The program will aim to prepare students seeking ...

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