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SC, Dept. of Energy in court about nuclear fuel lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the federal government and the state of South Carolina are in court arguing about a lawsuit concerning an unfinished plant to turn old plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. A federal judge in Columbia is hearing arguments Thursday in South Carolina’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy over the mixed oxide fuel project ...

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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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240-foot turbine blades arrive for offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy such as what is proposed in Maine, USA, could have a significant impact on fighting climate change.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Workers at ProvPort have been unloading the 240-foot-long turbine blades that will ultimately be used for the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Block Island. Deepwater Wind says dockworkers began unloading the 15 blades on Tuesday. They are scheduled to be brought to the Block Island Wind Farm site by boat in August. The company says ...

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UMH to host Athlete Signing with Jason Gildon

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UMH Properties, Inc. is delighted to announce it will be hosting an autograph signing with Pittsburgh Steelers standout Jason Gildon. An Oklahoma State alumnus, Jason played as a linebacker for the Steelers from 1994 to 2003 and for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004. In 2000, 2001 and 2002, he was picked three times for the Pro Bowl, and he still ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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Maryland’s minimum wage to rise 50 cents to $8.75

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s minimum wage and the state’s gas tax are going up. Here’s a look at some new laws that take effect Friday: MINIMUM WAGE Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to ...

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Murray Energy strikes 5-year agreement with coal miner union

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — America’s largest coal-mining company says it’s reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners. Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia. The union plans a membership vote next week on the contract, ...

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Pennsylvania budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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