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Planned natural gas plants would cost $900M, run 10% of time

Jan. 22, 2022 12:13 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southern Indiana utility wants to build two new natural gas plants, and a pipeline to get the fuel to them, outside Evansville. CenterPoint Energy, formerly known as Vectren, said this project will help the utility with its transition to renewable energy. It...

High truck towing costs in Wyoming prompt calls for reform

Jan. 22, 2022 10:12 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Slick, snowy highways are a well-known concern to anyone driving through Wyoming during winter. But for some, the worst part of sliding off the interstate or having your semitrailer blow over from the Cowboy State’s famous winds is dealing with the aftermath. ...

Arizona sues Biden to keep school anti-mask rules

Jan. 21, 2022 19:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sued the Biden administration on Friday over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don't have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The lawsuit filed in federal...

Public school parents sue over private school voucher law

Jan. 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three parents of children who attend public schools in West Virginia have filed a lawsuit challenging the state's private school voucher law. The suit filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court contends the law violates the state Constitution and will...

Rising inflation tightens squeeze on consumers

Jan. 20, 2022 10:26 AM EST

Retail sales took an unexpected dip in December in what could be a signal that persistently rising inflation is prompting a pullback in consumer spending. Consumers paid more for everything from groceries to cars in 2021 as companies passed along the costs of pricier raw materials...

WA House passes pause to long-term care program and tax

Jan. 19, 2022 20:35 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly three years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care. Now, lawmakers are quickly moving to delay implementation amid concerns about long-term solvency of the program and criticism of...

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

Jan. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

In a wealthy enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents now face more aggressive consequences for wasting water — including the threat of having their water flows slowed to a trickle if they repeatedly flout conservation rules. The Las...

Bronx-raised Cardi B offers to pay fire victim burial costs

Jan. 19, 2022 12:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has offered to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in a fire that ripped through a New York City high-rise. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday that the Grammy-winning rapper had offered the financial relief for victims of the fire...

UK consumer prices rise at fastest pace in almost 30 years

Jan. 19, 2022 09:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Consumer prices in the United Kingdom have risen at the fastest pace in almost 30 years as higher costs for energy, transportation, food and furniture squeezed household incomes. Inflation accelerated to 5.4% in the 12 months through December, up from November's 5.1%,...

Truist cuts down overdraft fees, joining other big banks

Jan. 18, 2022 14:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Truist Bank said Tuesday it is reducing its overdraft fees, becoming the latest big bank to announce an overhaul of overdraft policies that often impact the most vulnerable customers. The bank plans to roll out a new checking account this summer that will have a...