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State: Proposed deal with company would reduce air pollution

Sep. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama chemical plant has been emitting sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist into the atmosphere, state and federal authorities say in court documents. A complaint recently filed in federal court accuses Nouryon Functional Chemicals of polluting the air from its sulfuric acid plant...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked. Then mine...

'Chicken sludge' on fields draws complaints of stench, flies

Sep. 14, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — People in rural Alabama are raising concerns about the use of "chicken sludge" as fertilizer on farm fields as the state considers new rules on how such products can be used. The sludge from a poultry processing plant left an overpowering stench when it was applied to a neighbor's...

Federal judge dismisses voting security lawsuit in Tennessee

Sep. 13, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday challenging the security of voting machines in Tennessee's largest county and calling for a switch to a handwritten ballot and a voter-verifiable paper trial. U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker ruled that the lawsuit filed by a group of Shelby...

Editorials from around New England

Sep. 13, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Urgent steps needed, vaping is killing people The Day Sept. 12 A suspicion that romaine or canteloupe or ground beef poses a threat to public health puts all hands on deck at restaurants and supermarkets to remove the suspect food. Get it off the market first and...

Central Indiana steel distribution center being shut down

Sep. 13, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — An official says a central Indiana steel distribution center will be shutting down and putting up to 50 people out of work. Anderson economic development director Greg Winkler says he met this week with workers at Mill Steel's facility, offering to help them find jobs with other...

Dawson Cemetery: Beautiful reminder of those who came before

Sep. 12, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DAWSON, N.M. (AP) — Edward and Betty Zavala step down gingerly from a friend's red Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck and make their way across the newly manicured burial grounds at Dawson Cemetery. Edward, 88, and Betty, 84, are carrying colorful bouquets of artificial flowers toward the grave of Edward's...

Pesticide criticized in bee deaths could also kill birds

Sep. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists studying a widely used pesticide say even small doses of the chemical can have crippling health effects on migrating birds, and it might be contributing to declines in their overall populations. The researchers with the University of Saskatchewan are set to publish their...

Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

Sep. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in...