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Cadmium spiked at lead factory, workers didn’t get help

Sep. 25, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In June 2014, an air monitor strapped to a worker inside a Tampa lead factory picked up an unmistakable red flag. The level of cadmium, a toxic metal known to cause cancer, had soared to more than 100 times the federal limit. It...

Biden: Budget talks hit 'stalemate,' $3.5T may take a while

Sep. 25, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation's tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments. ...

Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...

EXPLAINER: Medication abortion becomes latest GOP target

Sep. 24, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

Medication abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. The increasingly common method relies on pills rather than surgery, opening the possibility for abortions to be done in a woman's home rather than a clinic. It's an option that has become important during the COVID-19...

California orders more insurance options for wildfire areas

Sep. 24, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered the state's “insurer of last resort” to offer more comprehensive coverage for homeowners who can't buy private insurance because they live in areas threatened by wildfires. The...

Texas law limits medication abortions as near-ban remains

Sep. 24, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday lauded another new abortion law that tightens limits on abortion-inducing medications, creating an additional layer of restrictions after a near-total ban on abortion in the state began this month. The new...

Judge dismisses execution lawsuit, reprimands AG's office

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday paved the way for Alabama to proceed with a lethal injection next month, but also reprimanded the state attorney general’s office for giving false information to the court during the litigation centered on forms given to death row inmates...

Pressure rising for Democrats in Virginia governor's race

Sep. 24, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Stuart, a longtime Republican state senator in Virginia, got three days' notice this summer to help pull together a weekday campaign event for Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate for governor. To his surprise and delight, some 200 people...

Minnesota DNR launches new hearing process for PolyMet mine

Sep. 24, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Friday launched a court-ordered process for assessing the risks to clean water from waste from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources announced plans for a...

Report: No cover-ups at Colorado air-pollution division

Sep. 24, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Whistleblower allegations that the state health department's air pollution division interfered with staff efforts to properly enforce federal air quality standards are unsubstantiated, according to an independent report released Friday by the Colorado attorney general’s...