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Corps reinstates permits for natural gas pipeline project

Sep. 26, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reissued permits for construction of a natural gas pipeline project in Virginia and West Virginia nearly two years after a federal appeals court invalidated them. The new permits issued on Friday will allow construction to resume on the Mountain...

President Donald Trump does a little dance after speaking at a campaign rally Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Newport News, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection

Sep. 26, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds. The president will travel to the state for the second time in a week on Saturday, hoping to attract the same rural and white...

Madigan says he won't testify before special committee

Sep. 25, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, in Friday letter, said he won’t testify before a special committee looking into his conduct in connection with a utility’s alleged bribery scheme designed to curry favor with the Democrat. The committee formed at the request of...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, William Perry Pendley, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, speaks to the media on the Grizzly Creek Fire in Eagle, Colo. A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully and blocked him from continuing in the position. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, that U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley was never confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate and served unlawfully for 424 days. Montana's Democratic governor had sued to remove Pendley, saying the the former oil industry attorney was illegally overseeing a government agency that manages almost a quarter-billion acres of land, primarily in the U.S. West. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP, File)

Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

Sep. 25, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration's practice of filling key positions without U.S. Senate approval....

FILE - This Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows House Appropriations committee Chairman, Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, delivering remarks as the House considers the budget bill during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers unveiled new state spending proposals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 including one that would give law enforcement officers a $500 bonus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

Earlier absentee ballot processing on special session agenda

Sep. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday officially called Connecticut lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session next week to consider bills that could lead to changes in how public utilities are regulated and allow local election officials to start processing absentee ballots a little earlier. The General...

Natural gas compressor station gets federal approval

Sep. 25, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators have given final approval for operation of a natural gas compressor station in Massachusetts that opponents have said is an environmental hazard. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave the company behind the Weymouth facility, Enbridge,...

Alaska regulators seek more money for oil spill fund

Sep. 25, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska environmental regulators are seeking additional money for the state's oil spill response fund amid a review of requirements for petroleum producers and shippers. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune has advocated for the state administration and...

Utility loses bid to recoup costs related to gas fire

Sep. 25, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators rejected Consumers Energy's request to recoup millions of dollars after a natural gas fire during a polar vortex in 2019. The utility was seeking nearly $8 million from ratepayers for the additional cost of acquiring natural gas, the Michigan Public Service Commission...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...