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      Trump's coal man is racing the clock to bail out plants, including those of FirstEnergy Corp.

      President Donald Trump is on the verge of subsidizing coal plants that would otherwise be driven out of business by cheaper, cleaner natural gas. A plan that would leave consumers footing a potential multibillion-dollar bill is due out Dec. 11, and Trump couldn't have chosen a more enthusiastic person to get it done: Neil Chatterjee, a Republican from coal country, who has spent years brokering seemingly impossible deals for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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      U.S. climate pact exit is panned in Bonn but cheered in Lordstown

      As the international climate negotiators scramble to salvage a global climate deal after President Donald Trump said the U.S. would bow out, the president's backers in the industrial heartland are cheering him on. Whether it's ditching Paris, moving to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency or rescinding a series of environmental regulations, interviews in the industrial area of Lordstown show those moves are popular among factory workers.

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      Scott Suttell

      The path to a musical career in Hollywood can start in Northeast Ohio

      The latest edition of The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the top 25 music schools for the film and television industry includes both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Plus, Politico looks at how Murray Energy and FirstEnergy would benefit from a plan backed by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to alter the nation's electricity markets, and apartment rents in Cleveland are on the rise.

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      Scott Suttell

      Shale operators pipe up in the Marcellus and Utica regions

      Those areas in Ohio and three other states are booming, Bloomberg Businessweek says, and the Rover, Nexus and other pipeline projects gear up to 'bring huge amounts of natural gas out of sparsely populated Appalachia and into big cities across the Midwest.' Plus, some vintage Environmental Protection Agency photos paint a grim picture of pre-1970 Cleveland and other industrial cities, Site Selection magazine ranks Ohio's business climate among the nation's best, and more.