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Wyoming, Montana bankruptcy sale of coal mines OK'd by judge

Aug. 19, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge on Monday approved the sale of three mines in Wyoming and Montana owned by a bankrupt coal company, helping to keep the mines open and allow repayment of debt. New Mexico-based Navajo Transitional Energy Co. will pay Wyoming-based Cloud Peak Energy Corp. $15.7 million under...

Michigan Boy Scouts selling off campgrounds to balance books

Aug. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Boy Scouts are pulling up stakes on campgrounds across Michigan, selling off thousands of acres of woods and water to cut expenses and raise money as their ranks shrink. In the last five years alone, the Michigan Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts, which oversees scouting in lower...

Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches

Aug. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it "apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor...

Stankovic heading to international polka hall of fame

Aug. 17, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

NANTICOKE, Pa. (AP) — Back in his Polka band's heyday, John "Stanky" Stankovic once had a globe-crossing marathon weekend by playing in England on Friday, at the Bloomsburg Fair on Saturday and in Switzerland on Sunday. "How we did that? I don't know. But we did it," Stankovic, 83, said. From playing at...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

CNN's Ward says intimidation effort made on Russia story

Aug. 16, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Clarissa Ward says her story this week about Russian involvement in the Central African Republic came with a price: she was trailed during her reporting and made the subject of a 15-minute propaganda video denigrating her work. Ward said she was shaken by the experience but it...

The Latest: Mayor: Officials delayed notifying city of spill

Aug. 16, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical spill northwestern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A northwestern Indiana mayor says state environmental officials waited several days before notifying his city about a chemical spill that has caused a fish kill and prompted the...

County officials vote to favor mining near Okefenokee refuge

Aug. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

FOLKSON, Ga. (AP) — County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage. Radio station WSVH reports the Charlton County Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a proclamation...

Legislative solution sought to abandoned wells

Aug. 16, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota leaders are considering legislation to prevent the state from bearing the financial responsibility of closing abandoned gas wells. The state is on the hook for nearly $1 million to plug 40 abandoned wells in northwestern South Dakota. State minerals and mining administrator...

EPA gives $3.7M to protect endangered Lake Superior reef

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 AM EDT

GAY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $3.7 million to remove copper mining waste rock from a Lake Superior harbor where it threatens an important fish spawning area. Waste known as stamp sands was dumped along the lakefront during the early 20th century. It covers 1,400...