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Black-owned movie studio moves closer to fruition in Memphis

Jun. 19, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A development that organizers say “is poised to become the second-largest Black-owned film studio in the United States” moved one step closer to fruition June 10 when the Land Use Control Board approved the zoning adjustments necessary to build “BLP Film...

$1 million fine in 2016 pipeline accident in Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas company pleaded guilty to a federal Clean Water Act violation and agreed to pay a $1 million fine for damaging a pipeline that leaked more than 5,000 gallons of oil in a Louisiana bay in 2016, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday. ...

Juneau leaders reject $2 million cruise company donation

Jun. 16, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau city leaders have declined a $2 million donation from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. amid concerns from some Assembly members about the public perception of accepting the money. The company, which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, last...

US home construction up a moderate 3.6% in May

Jun. 16, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rose 3.6% in May as builders battled a surge in lumber prices that have made homes more expensive The May increase left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, the Commerce Department reported...

Southern Baptists' new leader: long career as bridge builder

Jun. 15, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

As ideological divisions wracked the Southern Baptist Convention this year ahead of a pivotal national meeting, one of the leading candidates for its presidency, Ed Litton, embraced a role as the man best equipped to build bridges and promote unity. “From time to time,...

Bill would pre-empt local say over offshore wind projects

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a law that would fast-track offshore wind energy projects by removing the ability of local governments to control power lines and other onshore components. The bill, introduced last week and advanced on...

Crews clearing out sewer pipe near 2016 collapse, sinkhole

Jun. 14, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Crews are clearing debris and sediment from a section of an 11-foot-wide (3.3-meter-wide) sewer pipe not far from three suburban Detroit homes that were damaged when a football field-sized sinkhole formed on Christmas Eve in 2016. The pipe...

Highway named for ex-lawmaker who worked for road expansion

Jun. 14, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Friends, family and former colleagues gathered Monday in Booneville to remember former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy and to unveil a sign that names a segment of a highway in his honor. McCoy was 77 when he died in...

Republicans aim again to block governor's climate strategy

Jun. 14, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are reprising a fight from last year, passing legislation Monday to require Gov. Tom Wolf to go through them if he wants to impose a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The bill...

Popular Big Sur trail to reopen after 13-year closure

Jun. 14, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A popular trail in Big Sur flanked by redwood trees that leads down through a gorge to a 60-foot waterfall is set to open to the public this week after a 13-year restoration needed when a wildfire destroyed access to it, officials announced Monday. ...