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EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana’s largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem. The EPA said the closure has reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide to levels low enough to protect public health as required ...

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Applications for US jobless aid rise from 4-decade low

In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016, photo, job recruiters work their booths at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits climbed last week, but remained near the lowest level in four decades, a sign that the slumping economy isn’t boosting layoffs. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 257,000. Applications fell in the previous week to the lowest since ...

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Federal board dismisses Montana coal railroad application

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal transportation panel has dismissed a proposal for a $400 million railroad that would have hauled coal from a mine near the Montana-Wyoming border. Tuesday’s action by the Surface Transportation Board comes five months after the backers of the Tongue River Railroad suspended their application for the 42-mile line. The board also turned down a ...

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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. An amendment sponsored by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven did not get the 60 votes needed to stop the provocative rule. Thursday’s vote was the latest effort by Republicans ...

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High court nominee praises lawyers for helping the poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland praised lawyers for their work with low-income Washingtonians Thursday in his first public remarks since his nomination last month. The appearance marks the first time that Garland has spoken publicly at any length since Obama nominated him more than a month ago in the White House Rose Garden. His appearance Thursday was ...

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