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US officials propose less paperwork for mineral royalty cuts

Oct. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal published Friday would make it easier for mining companies to request lower government royalty rates for certain minerals, an idea backed by supporters of an industry that supplies much of the world's baking soda. The proposal would reduce...

Audit: State gave gravel industry influence in faulty study

Oct. 18, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation gave the gravel industry considerable influence in a state-funded study that found looming shortages in materials used to build highways, potentially undermining the report's credibility and wasting taxpayers' money, auditors said Friday. An...

Beetle connected to ash tree deaths found in Portland, Maine

Oct. 18, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine say a type of beetle that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees since its discovery in North America has been found on a trap in Portland. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Friday the discovery of the emerald ash borer is...

UMaine's manufacturing center slated for upgrades

Oct. 18, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine's manufacturing center is upgrading its equipment and facilities as part of a drive to bring new kinds of industry to the state. The university says its Advanced Manufacturing Center is receiving $2.5 million toward the effort. Part of the funding is a $1 million...

Trump grants extension for nuclear fuel recommendations

Oct. 17, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. task force has been given more time to recommend ways to revive domestic uranium mining as it lags amid low prices and global competition. The Nuclear Fuel Working Group had been expected to deliver recommendations to President Donald Trump last week. But the Commerce...

Bevin, Beshear wrangle over education in debate

Oct. 15, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear traded shots in a rancorous debate Tuesday night that turned personal when the incumbent brought up his challenger's children to claim his opponent is a "fraud" in promoting public education. Beshear responded...

Peabody Energy to close Illinois coal mine, processing plant

Oct. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

EQUALITY, Ill. (AP) — Peabody Energy says it will permanently close a southern Illinois coal mine and a nearby coal-processing plant late this year. The company said Monday that the planned closure of its Wildcat Hills Mine and the nearby Willow Lake Preparation Plant will affect about 225 workers. Peabody...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment

Oct. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric. Some examples: TRUMP, on Hunter Biden, whose father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a Trump political rival: "Guy...

About 2,000 workers prepare to strike against miner Asarco

Oct. 12, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

About 2,000 workers at copper producer Asarco are preparing to picket in Arizona and Texas after voting to strike. The United Steelworkers said late Friday that workers rejected the latest contract offer from the subsidiary of Grupo Mexico. The union said the offer included no wage increase for nearly two-thirds...