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Court dismisses challenge to solar panel credit ruling

Aug. 17, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a challenge to a new rule by the state Public Utilities Commission on home solar panel systems. The Portland Press Herald reports the court ruled Thursday the case should go to superior court judges first, a move that disappointed...

Big Island raises matching funds to continue air service

Aug. 17, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Air service at a small airport on the Big Island will continue this year after officials and community partners raised the amount required in matching funds. The county council approved the remaining amount in matching funds last week for the Waimea-Kohala Airport, accepting...

Maduro: Gas prices to spike in Venezuela to fight smugglers

Aug. 13, 2018 11:25 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that some of the world's cheapest gasoline that Venezuelan drivers enjoy will soon be sold at world market prices to combat rampant smuggling. Maduro said he wants to stop Venezuela's subsidized fuel from crossing illegally into Colombia and...

FCC commissioner meets with Alaska health care providers

Aug. 9, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health care providers discussed rural telehealth systems this week with the Federal Communications Commission, which provides subsidies that help keep the systems in operation. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr met with the providers in Anchorage and told them the commission is...

More than 120 groups push to lift broad nuclear subsidies

Aug. 6, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some 130 environmental groups are taking aim at New York's nuclear subsidies. The coalition, led by the Alliance for a Green Economy, wrote to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday urging him to overhaul the subsidies so New Yorkers who would prefer cleaner forms of energy can opt out....

Despite subsidy, 2 wood-fired power plants remain offline

Aug. 5, 2018 2:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine wood-fired power plants remain inactive despite receiving approval for $1.2 million in state subsidies. The Portland Press Herald reports a July performance report shows the plants only purchased a small fraction of the wood fuel they promised to buy. The newspaper reports...

Forest Service, state seek Alaska version of roadless rule

Aug. 2, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration and Alaska officials are taking steps to allow more roads in national forests within the state. The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday it has signed an agreement with the state to work toward an Alaska version of the nation's "roadless rule."...

The Latest: Exec: cost-cutting key to 'Obamacare' price drop

Jul. 31, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announcing it's seeking to lower rates for next year's Affordable Care Act policies by 4.1 percent on average. (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The top executive at North Carolina's largest health insurer is crediting newly...

Animals, crops and people all suffer amid Europe's heatwave

Jul. 31, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be its next victims. Some regions in Germany sweltered as the mercury hit 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) and the German Meteorological Office said...

Thai officials say they seek UK extradition of former PM

Jul. 31, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is seeking the extradition from the United Kingdom of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled her country last year ahead of a conviction on a charge of negligence in overseeing a money-losing rice subsidy program, the current prime minister said Tuesday. Prime Minister...