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Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa

Aug. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique (AP) — A wiry woman, Querida Barequinha intently sorts through the coffee beans laid out on racks to dry in the sun, plucking out any that are cracked or misshapen. "I like growing coffee because it earns cash that goes right into my pocket," she said, with a darting smile. "I...

Indiana steel dust recycling project dropped amid opposition

Aug. 21, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The developers of a proposed steel dust recycling plant have dropped plans for the central Indiana project following a wave of local opposition the company blamed on a "campaign of misinformation." Muncie officials announced Tuesday that the city and Waelz Sustainable Products had...

Little Italy attracts new residents to Wooster Square

Aug. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The biggest advertisement for New Haven, other than Yale University, is undoubtedly Wooster Street, renowned for its world-famous pizzerias. Green, white and red banners and an iron arch create a blocks-long billboard for what is known as Little Italy. The reputation for pizza spans...

Decatur officials hope new funding addresses vacant houses

Aug. 20, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Decatur officials hope new funding for neighborhood revitalization efforts will help address vacant houses. The Herald & Review reports there are nearly 200 vacant and dilapidated houses on Decatur's demolition list. Twenty-six have been razed this year. That's half the number...

SC community begins work on new blueprint

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina community has begun the long-awaited work on a transformation plan. About 200 stakeholders in Spartanburg's Highland community met Monday to start work on a blueprint meant to guide changes and renewal of the neighborhood in coming years, The Spartanburg...

Chiefs' new defensive staff comes from varied backgrounds

Aug. 14, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The first step in what became a top-to-bottom overhaul of the Kansas City Chiefs defense began when coach Andy Reid replaced coordinator Bob Sutton with Steve Spagnuolo, the former St. Louis Rams coach and longtime NFL defensive coordinator. It was an obvious, unsurprising move in...

Mayor wants affordable housing in $1B Greenville project

Aug. 12, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of Greenville says affordable housing must be included in a $1 billion redevelopment project near the city's trendy downtown area. Mayor Knox White told a meeting last week he considers affordable housing to be "non-negotiable." Greenville's city center is considered a...

Hiroshima marks 74th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug. 5, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima marked the 74rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city with its mayor renewing calls for eliminating such weapons and demanding Japan's government do more. Mayor Kazumi Matsui raised concerns in his peace address Tuesday about the rise of self-centered politics in the world...

Richmond mayor unveils $1.5B downtown redevelopment plan

Aug. 5, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Monday unveiled a $1.5 billion redevelopment deal for part of the city's downtown that includes plans for a new arena that would be the largest in the state. Stoney introduced the legislation at a special City Council meeting. Hundreds of pages of plans...

Obama library brings elation but also fear of displacement

Aug. 4, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the idea of a gleaming facility honoring the president she supported and reviving rough sections of her neighborhood....