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No contest plea in crash that killed workers after hurricane

Jan. 24, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael faces the possibility of life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, pleaded no contest Thursday to three counts...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

In this image take from NASA video, astronauts Jessica Meir, right, and Christina Koch install batteries for the International Space Station's solar power grid during a space walk Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

Jan. 20, 2020 2:06 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch installed the last new battery in a set of six launched to the orbiting lab...

Storm knocks out power to thousands in southern Oregon

Jan. 17, 2020 1:03 PM EST

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Heavy snowfall in southwest Oregon has knocked out power to thousands of customers and Pacific Power says it could be several days until service is fully restored. As of Friday morning, more than 10,600 customers were in the dark in Josephine County in the Grants Pass and Cave...

Snow covers the land by Steven's Pizza in Skykomish, Wash., along Highway 2, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Skykomish, Wash. Volunteers brought food and supplies here for local Skykomish residents stranded without power or access to food. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

Storms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days

Jan. 17, 2020 4:41 AM EST

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Rural mountain communities outside Seattle that have been without power for days and cut off from the outside world by a series of winter storms saw some relief as convoys brought in food and other supplies. The storms have dumped several feet of unusual snow on parts of western...

Utility raises $2.3M for Maine transmission line campaign

Jan. 16, 2020 3:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine utility spent more than $2.3 million in the most recent quarter to rally against a potential statewide vote about whether it can build a transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada. The utility, Central Maine Power, wants to build a 145-mile line to bring power to the...

3 workers shocked when scaffolding touches power line

Jan. 14, 2020 2:41 PM EST

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Three people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when scaffolding they were working with at a Massachusetts home came in contact with power lines, police said. Beverly police responded to a report that two workers had fallen from the roof at about 10:30 a.m., Officer Michael...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

Jan. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t compete...

Utility company proposes upgrades to ease grid constraints

Dec. 30, 2019 11:48 AM EST

LOWELL, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont utility company wants to invest $15.5 million to upgrade transmission lines and build a new substation to help reduce the strain on the power grid. Green Mountain Power has applied for a certificate of public good to reduce congestion on the Sheffield-Highgate Export...

Seacoast power line project nears completion

Dec. 28, 2019 10:12 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Construction is nearly complete on an electric transmission line project along New Hampshire's seacoast, though a dispute related to the project is still pending in court. The remaining power line construction for Eversource's Seacoast Reliability Project will finish up in Durham,...