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Manufacturers struggle to keep pace with vinyl record demand

Jun. 24, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

The arrival of the compact disc nearly killed off record albums, with vinyl pressing machines sold, scrapped and dismantled by major record labels. Four decades later, with resuscitated record album sales producing double-digit annual growth, manufacturers are rapidly rebuilding an...

Georgia Power proposes 12% increase in bills, with 2023 leap

Jun. 24, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. wants to raise customer bills 12% over the next three years to pay for system improvements and higher costs and allow higher profits, the company said Friday in a rate filing with state regulators. The filing kicks off a rate case before the Georgia...

Kentucky aluminum plant idling, laying off 600 workers

Jun. 24, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A large aluminum plant in Kentucky is temporarily halting production and laying off more than 600 workers due to rising energy costs. Century Aluminum has announced plans to shut down its Hawesville smelter for 9 to 12 months starting in August. The plant,...

Owners of candle factory damaged in tornado plan expansion

Jun. 23, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

The company that operated a Kentucky candle factory leveled by a deadly winter tornado plans to ramp up production with a $33 million investment at a nearby plant, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday. Mayfield Consumer Products LLC, a maker of candles and other home fragrance...

Protesters want Murphy to deny future fossil fuel projects

Jun. 23, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched on New Jersey's Capitol on Thursday, urging Gov. Phil Murphy to deny permits to any future project that involves the burning of fossil fuels. Environmentalists and advocates of environmental justice listed a litany of proposed...

Feds issue draft assessment that could doom Minnesota mine

Jun. 23, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental assessment Thursday to lay the foundation for a proposed 20-year moratorium on copper-nickel mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Formally, the proposal would “withdraw” from...

May heat wave deaths prompt new cooling rules in Chicago

Jun. 22, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A month after three women were found dead inside their stifling hot apartments at a Chicago senior housing facility, the City Council on Wednesday passed new cooling requirements for residential buildings. Under the rules approved by the Council's Zoning Committee...

In climate fight, EU lawmakers back stricter emission caps

Jun. 22, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers stepped up the fight against global warming Wednesday by requiring deeper emission cuts from power plants, factories and planes in the EU and by endorsing an unprecedented import tax. The European Parliament advanced draft climate...

US importing baby formula from Mexico to ease shortage

Jun. 22, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is providing logistical support to import the equivalent of about 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico starting this weekend, as part of its efforts to ease nationwide supply shortages caused by the closure of...

Car factory workers block key motorway in Serbia capital

Jun. 22, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Dozens of Serbian car factory workers on Wednesday blocked a key motorway in the capital Belgrade to protest layoff and relocation plans. The workers traveled from the central town of Kragujevac, where the plant is located, to Belgrade, saying they wanted...