NUCLEAR: Ohio’s Davis Besse plant is among dozens of “nuclear outlaws” that still don’t comply with federal fire regulations. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Exelon’s CEO says the utility is not seeking a bailout from Illinois for its nuclear plants. (Chicago Tribune)

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OIL: Another train carrying Bakken crude oil derails and bursts into flames, this time in Lynchburg, Virginia; Michigan officials want Enbridge to produce evidence that pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac are safe; and a worker dies on a North Dakota well site, apparently from exposure to toxic vapors. (New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Forum News Service)

OHIO: Lawmakers hold what may be the final hearing on a bill to freeze the states’s renewable energy and efficiency standards, and a manufacturers’ group proposes fixes it says would strengthen the existing laws. (WKSU, Columbus Business First)

EPA: The Supreme Court corrects a “cringe-worthy blunder” by Antonin Scalia in his dissent of this week’s ruling upholding the EPA’s cross-state pollution rule, and a federal court sets a deadline for the agency to update federal smog standards. (Associated Press)

COAL: How MISO wound up “trapped in a relationship” with an aging Upper Peninsula coal plant, and two carbon capture projects will be put to the test this year. (SNL, Nature)

UTILITIES: MidAmerican Energy Holdings is changing its name to Berkshire Hathaway Energy; MidAmerican Energy, the utility, will still keep its name. (SNL)

FRACKING: Shale-related employment continues to rise in Ohio, but remains a small segment of the state’s economy. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOENERGY: A Wisconsin project seeks to create new energy streams from cow manure. (Wisconsin Energy Institute)

PETCOKE: Two environmental groups plan to sue the Koch brothers over pollution from petroleum coke piles in Chicago. (Climate Progress)

MEDIA: Fox News tells a science editor not to talk about climate change. (Media Matters)

COMMENTARY: Why Michigan needs a stronger renewable energy standard. (The Equation)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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