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Duluth pursuing study of toxic chemical after refinery blast

Jul. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — City leaders in Duluth, Minnesota, are taking steps to ensure that residents will be safe following the upcoming reconstruction of a refinery that exploded in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin. The Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior was rocked last April by a huge blast and fire. The...

Authorities: Man ran heroin mill at New Jersey apartment

Jul. 15, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say they've broken up a heroin mill and seized tens of thousands of doses of the drug. Union County prosecutors say Sean Henderson is charged with maintaining a narcotics production facility, possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and other drug offenses. It's...

Troy business becomes a global leader in hemp extraction

Jul. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Nick Tennant spent eight months hunched over his dining room table learning how to assemble steel parts into a machine he saw as the future of the marijuana industry. The first trial run produced exactly what the young entrepreneur wanted: lustrous gold CBD oil. It's been seven years, and...

Canadians set to extract Arkansas lithium from saltwater sea

Jul. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Robert Mintak's pipe dream is now in the pipeline. The Canadian's company, Standard Lithium Ltd., broke ground last week on a pilot plant in El Dorado, a key step toward a unique vision of pulling battery-grade lithium from a saltwater sea beneath south Arkansas. The plant will...

Minnesota to consider using energy storage for peaker plants

Jul. 14, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. The provision, part of an omnibus jobs and energy bill, "puts energy storage on a level playing field with natural gas plants...

Oklahoma City dwelling offers cancer patients free lodging

Jul. 14, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Sabra Huntsberger's daughter, Karli Ewing, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2002 they lived in Guymon. Treatment meant driving four hours to Oklahoma City, where they often had to stay two weeks at a time. "Luckily, we had family (in the area)," Huntsberger said. While they...

Expansion, renovation on horizon for BancorpSouth Arena

Jul. 14, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — It's been more than 25 years since the BancorpSouth Arena opened its doors to the public, and soon, those doors will open a little wider. Plans have been underway for some time for the entertainment venue to stretch its legs, but with the project going out for bids in mere weeks...

University of Nebraska team creates cornfield robot system

Jul. 13, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Plant science students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still taught to phenotype by hand, wading into muddy fields to record the differences in physical characteristics between varying corn hybrids with a small set of tools and a pen and notebook. But like the rest of 21st...

Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner

Jul. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Absaroka Energy,...

Electric vehicle company puts Indiana factory plans on hold

Jul. 12, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — An electric vehicle startup has halted plans to start production at a northern Indiana factory where it aimed to employ more than 450 workers. The subsidiary of Chinese automaker Sokon had announced its plans last year for spending $160 million to buy and retool the former AM General...