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Special session renews hopes for those seeking state money

Jul. 11, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Bemidji has a problem: firefighter training that used so-called “forever chemicals” has left the city’s water supply so contaminated that it needs a new water treatment facility to make water safer for its 15,000 residents. City officials are seeking...

This image provided by I.R. Consilium taken in 2019, shows the deck of the FSO Safer, indicating the lack of basic maintenance for several years, leading to incidental smaller spills, moored off Ras Issa port, Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting the abandoned oil tanker loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (I.R. Consilium via AP)

UN encouraged experts may get to visit oil tanker off Yemen

Jul. 10, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Friday it is encouraged that a U.N. team may be able to visit an oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast of Yemen, posing a serious risk to Red Sea marine life, desalination plants and shipping. Houthi rebels, who...

Chattanooga to keep testing wastewater for coronavirus

Jul. 10, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Chattanooga plans to keep testing local wastewater for the prevalence of COVID-19 into 2021 after a study in May that showed thousands more cases of the virus than what was reported by local health officials, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Throughout May,...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters at the end of 113th Street in the Point Place section of North Toledo, Ohio. The blob of pea-green algae that covers parts of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller in the summer of 2020 than a year ago. That's according to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual forecast Thursday, July 11, 2020.  (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP, File)

Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 9, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday. A...

New Hampshire drought management team to convene

Jul. 8, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Drought Management Team is going to convene for the first time this year, now that much of the state is experiencing moderate drought conditions. The management team last met in 2018 and 2016. It's scheduled to meet Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Last month, the state Department...

Water shutoff protections extended by Michigan governor

Jul. 8, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protections to prevent water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic are being extended to the end of the year under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Since March, 2,477 Michiganders have had their water restored through a grant to help utilities reconnect...

EPA to temporarily close Colorado mine bulkhead for study

Jul. 8, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to temporarily seal a bulkhead at one of the most polluted mines in a Colorado region as part of a study of the region's water. The EPA plans to close a bulkhead valve at the Red & Bonita Mine, The Durango Herald reported Tuesday....

Worker at center of N.C. ballot fraud probe seeks local seat

Jul. 8, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) — The political operative at the center of a North Carolina absentee ballot fraud investigation has filed for reelection for a local elected position. Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. of Bladen County is running again for a board seat on the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District...

Egg processor to pay $827,500 fine, make $2M in upgrades

Jul. 7, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

DAVID CITY, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska egg processing company has agreed to invest $2 million in upgrades to its facility to limit pollution and pay an $827,500 fine as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state. The EPA said that Henningsen Foods has installed equipment at its...

Town's water system trouble extends to Indiana prison

Jul. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

CARLISLE, Ind. (AP) — Some 2,000 inmates were being provided with bottled water at a southwestern Indiana prison after a boil order was issued for the town water system that services the facility, a prison official said Tuesday. Water was available for showers and toilets at the Wabash Valley Correctional...