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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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Authorities: 3 train workers in Texas wreck presumed dead

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DALLAS (AP) — Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday’s collision about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo have moved to a recovery operation, DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said. Each train had a two-member ...

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US finishes plan to protect Roan Plateau in western Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have taken another step toward protecting most of western Colorado’s wild Roan Plateau from natural gas drilling, releasing a revised plan that puts many areas off-limits. The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday the plan puts in place the provisions of a 2014 compromise among conservation groups and natural gas producer Bill Barrett Corp. ...

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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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Authorities: No injuries reported in plant explosion, fire

Two explosions and a fire rocked a natural gas plant in southern Mississippi on Monday night, but no one was injured and flames continued for hours Tuesday, authorities said. Emergency Management Director Early Etheridge in Jackson County said the first explosion occurred at 11:30 p.m. and was followed by a larger explosion minutes later. Etheridge said the second blast could ...

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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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