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To avoid blackouts, California may tap fossil fuel plants

Jun. 30, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it's otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels. A sweeping energy proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom's office would put the state in the business of buying power to ensure...

Boil-water alert issued for Mississippi's capital city

Jun. 25, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Mississippi's capital are under a citywide boil-water notice until further notice. The alert was issued Friday because of water pressure issues at the O.B. Curtis Water Plant, city officials said in a news release. It affects all...

Lawmakers rewrite Ducey's plan for $1 billion for new water

Jun. 23, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's plan to create a new state agency to boost the desert state’s increasingly strained water supply morphed into a plan to give an existing state entity the authority to leverage and dole out a new $1 billion appropriation. The entity is an...

Congress members seek more time to use Orleans Katrina aid

Jun. 20, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Members of Congress from Louisiana are calling for federal officials to extend deadlines for spending Hurricane Katrina recovery funds on New Orleans road and water infrastructure projects. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and Rep. Troy Carter have released a...

Inflation taking bite out of new infrastructure projects

Jun. 19, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

The price of a foot of water pipe in Tucson, Arizona: up 19%. The cost of a ton of asphalt in a small Massachusetts town: up 37%. The estimate to build a new airport terminal in Des Moines, Iowa: 69% higher, with a several year delay. Inflation is taking a toll on infrastructure...

Texas city residents allowed to drink tap water again

Jun. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa may again safely drink tap water without having to first boil it, the city announced Saturday. The decision to lift the boil water order came after water samples sent for testing Friday were determined to be safe by...

Texas city residents could drink tap water again on Saturday

Jun. 17, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa who have been without safe tap water this week amid scorching temperatures may be able to drink safely straight from the faucet as early as Saturday afternoon, city officials said Friday. Samples from the Odessa area...

New Mexico reaches $32M settlement over 2015 mine spill

Jun. 16, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and the U.S. government have reached a $32 million settlement over a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states. Similar environmental accidents will be intolerable in the future as the region grapples with shrinking water...

Residents improvise as Texas city rushes to turn water on

Jun. 16, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa improvised emergency water supplies after a water system outage left them high and dry for days amid scorching heat, even as utility crews scrambled Wednesday to restore normal service. The city said taps in 165,000 homes and businesses lost...

N. Korea reports another disease outbreak amid COVID-19 wave

Jun. 16, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reported a new “epidemic" of an intestinal disease on Thursday, an unusual announcement from the secretive country that is already contending with a COVID-19 outbreak and severe economic turmoil. It’s unclear how many people are infected in...