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Voters reject fracking bans in two of three Ohio cities

ELECTION: Voters reject fracking bans in Youngstown and Bowling Green, Ohio; a community bill of rights measure that includes a fracking ban will likely pass in Oberlin. (Youngstown Vindicator, Toledo Blade, Oberlin News Tribune)

ALSO: Boulder, Colorado voters reject a measure backed by Xcel Energy that would have jeopardized efforts to form a municipal utility. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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NUCLEAR: Environmental groups respond to a letter from climate scientists urging support for nuclear power, and more on how natural gas is changing the economics for nuclear energy in the Midwest. (The Hill, Toledo Blade)

FARM BILL: The wind, solar and biofuel industries join together to push Congress to preserve funding for farm-based renewable energy projects. (E&E Daily)

TRANSMISSION: FirstEnergy announces plans to spend more than $3 billion upgrading transmission lines in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL: Enbridge seeks permission from North Dakota regulators to build its proposed Sandpiper pipeline, and reaches an agreement with local officials in Michigan on a plan to dredge the Kalamazoo River for oil from a 2010 pipeline spill. (Bismarck Tribune, Kalamazoo Gazette)

TRANSPORTATION: A pair of Ohio legislators plan to introduce a bill creating tax credits for electric and natural gas vehicles. (Columbus Business First)

FRAC SAND: InsideClimate News explores the controversy over state vs. local regulation of frac sand mining in Wisconsin.

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BIOFUELS: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad travels to the White House to urge support for the renewable fuel mandate. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: Five steps to get America the transmission it needs. (Smart Grid News)

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