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The Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., is seen Wednesday, April 8, 2020, where health officials reported more than 80 employees have confirmed cases of the coronavirus (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Smithfield temporarily shuts pork plant due to coronavirus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota will temporarily close for cleaning after more than 80 employees were confirmed to have the coronavirus, the company announced Thursday. Smithfield Foods plans to suspend operations in a large section of the Sioux Falls plant...

FILE - In this May 10, 2017, file photo, is the Smith River in central Montana. Environmental regulators on Thursday, April 9, 2020, approved plans for a copper mine in central Montana that marks a major milestone in a long-running dispute. But the move will likely be challenged by environmental advocates who worry about the mine's proximity to one of the state's most popular recreational rivers, the Smith River. (Rion Sanders/Great Falls Tribune via AP, File)

Montana issues permits for mine over advocates’ protests

Apr. 9, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators on Thursday approved plans for a copper mine in central Montana that marks a major milestone in a long-running dispute. But the move will likely be challenged by environmental advocates who worry about the mine's proximity to one of the state's most popular...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. An attorney said her team has lost “critical time” in representing a Tennessee death row inmate slated for execution in June, 2020, due to the new coronavirus and restrictions in place to curb its spread. The attorney for inmate Oscar Smith gave the update in a state Supreme Court filing recently to argue further that his execution should be put on hold due to the health pandemic. Smith's legal team asked for the stay of execution due to COVID-19 in March, 2020.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Death row inmate attorney: 'Critical time' lost amid virus

Apr. 9, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The legal team fighting for a delay in the June 4 execution of a Tennessee death row inmate says it has lost "critical time" due to the new coronavirus and restrictions to curb its spread. In a state Supreme Court filing Wednesday, the attorney for inmate Oscar Smith cited...

Uinta County immigration detention center plans canceled

Apr. 9, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Construction plans for an immigration detention center in Uinta County have been canceled after several groups protested against the southwestern Wyoming facility. CoreCivic was planning to build the facility for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold about 1,000 people in...

Police: 2 injured in workplace shooting in eastern Iowa

Apr. 9, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Two people were injured in a workplace shooting early Thursday morning at an exterior siding manufacturing plant in eastern Iowa, police said. Cedar Rapids police said the shooting happened around 5 a.m. Thursday when a person entered Associated Materials, shot two people and fled...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

Attorney general: Alaska borough can't seize airline assets

Apr. 8, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska borough leader has signed an order to assume control of the local facilities of an airline that filed for bankruptcy protection because of the economic damage of the coronavirus. But the state's attorney general said the North Slope Borough does not have the authority to...

FILE - In this June 12, 2019 file photo, Eric Luther poses for a picture at his house in Carmel, N.Y. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to buy several arsenic-contaminated homes in upstate New York as part of a $5.8 million Superfund cleanup plan at an old mine site. Luther said Wednesday, April 8, 2020 that he's happy with the EPA's proposal and has

EPA proposes buyout of homes contaminated by arsenic mine

Apr. 8, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to buy several homes contaminated by arsenic from a 19th-century mine in upstate New York as part of a $5.8 million Superfund cleanup plan announced Wednesday. The agency said an as-yet undetermined number of residents would be relocated...

Some told to stay home after 4 get virus at Iowa corn plant

Apr. 8, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Some workers at a large corn processing plant in eastern Iowa have been told to stay home after four of their colleagues have tested positive for coronavirus. Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said Wednesday that operations at the plant in Clinton are continuing but...

The Latest: SD pork plant sees over 80 COVID-19 cases

Apr. 8, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota operated by Smithfield Foods has seen over 80 of its employees confirmed to have the coronavirus, health officials reported on Wednesday. United...