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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility is seen in Hardisty, Alberta. The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line's route Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 22, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Jacksonville Daily News on investing in alternative energy sources while maintaining safety for state military bases: Military bases are a vital part of life in eastern North Carolina. The sound of Freedom is not only overhead regularly, but the...

Corps trims water flowing into lower Missouri River

Jan. 21, 2020 3:55 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam will be reduced slightly to protect drinking water supplies even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still working to eliminate water from last year. The Corps said Tuesday it is trimming the amount...

Court tosses Louisiana's suit over widening waterway

Jan. 21, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's lawsuit alleging that a federal canal has expanded well beyond its legal boundaries and is eating away at state land was rejected Tuesday by a federal appeals court. The 2018 suit claimed the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is 670 feet (200 meters) wide at some points. It was...

Rebuilding a bridge over Danbury’s once troubled waters

Jan. 21, 2020 7:30 AM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — When contractors rip open a section of Kennedy Avenue later this year to repair a 56-year-old bridge, they will also expose a section of the Still River with a conflicted city history. The $3 million Kennedy Avenue bridge repair project will uncover a stretch of the Still River that...

Army Corps studying weather network to help control flooding

Jan. 20, 2020 11:53 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possible construction of an $11.1 million network of weather stations to improve flood control across the Upper Missouri River Basin, officials said. Stations are being upgraded for proof of concept in Bozeman at Montana State University...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. January 16,2020 Another Medicaid insurer, another round of stiffing Iowa’s health care providers Iowa Total Care is one of the for-profit insurers hired by the state to participate in the fiasco known as privatized Medicaid. The company was not among Iowa’s first picks for a...

Historic nuke plant in Virginia to be fully dismantled

Jan. 19, 2020 12:38 PM EST

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — Plans are underway to completely dismantle the first nuclear power facility that provided electricity to the U.S. power grid. In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed fully removing the SM-1 Reactor Facility at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, WTOP reported ...

Katrina levee failures subject of new book

Jan. 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The founder of an organization dedicated to educating the public about levee failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina has written a book. A news release from activist Sandy Rosenthal says the book is entitled “Words Whispered in Water: Why Levees Broke in New...

Dismal Swamp Canal to be closed to traffic for about 90 days

Jan. 18, 2020 10:36 AM EST

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Dismal Swamp Canal on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between North Carolina and Virginia will be closed to traffic for about 90 days for maintenance. The locks at South Mills and at Deep Creek in Virginia have temporarily discontinued operations while the work is being...