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FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

Neil Siemborski fills a bottle of hand sanitizer made at Cleveland Whiskey, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Cleveland. Workers will be filling dozens of one gallon jugs and thousands of 4-ounce bottles of hand sanitizers for the Cleveland Clinic to assist healthcare workers in the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Governor suggests stay-at-home order to extend past April 6

Mar. 31, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine suggested it's likely the stay-at-home order expiring April 6 will be extended, and he hinted that some state prisoners may be released on a case-by-case basis. A look at coronavirus-related developments in Ohio on Tuesday: ___ CARE The Republican governor ordered...

Recent Missouri editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 28 Missouri is quickly becoming a national outlier for its lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike Parson has declined to provide guidance to school districts. He resists imposing a statewide shelter-in-place order as other states have done, and he refuses to...

Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

Mar. 30, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has granted the DuPont Co.'s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled Monday that he has no jurisdiction to hear the case because...

State places consumption limits on fish caught in Squam Lake

Mar. 30, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services on Monday placed more restrictive fish consumption limits for all fish caught in Squam Lake as a result of high levels of contaminants found in fish tissue samples. The agency collected smallmouth bass and yellow perch samples,...

Spill in McKenzie County reaches Red Wing Creek

Mar. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state regulator estimates about 420 gallons (1,590 liters) of crude oil has spilled from a pipeline in McKenzie County and reached a creek there. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Monday the spill happened Friday on a line about 17 miles southwest of Watford...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. March 27, 2020 SUBSCRIBE NOW 99¢ per month. Save 90%. Home News Media USA TODAY Jobs Archives More Search Subscribe Sign In OPINION You don't need to practice social distancing from Mother Nature: Enjoy Iowa's parks — and pass a tax to fund them The Register's editorial Published...

New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination

Mar. 29, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drinking water fountains and taps at public and private schools in Indiana will be required to be tested for lead contamination by 2023 under a new state law. The law requires schools' drinking water equipment to be tested by Jan. 1, 2023 and take action if results show lead at higher...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo, waves from a storm batter the Lake Michigan shoreline along Beverly Shores, Indiana. Leaders of several communities along Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline are calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to declare a state of emergency and funding aid to fight erosion as near record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to local tourism. (Rafi Wilkinson via AP)

Communities urge Indiana to help fight Lake Michigan erosion

Mar. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of several communities along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline are calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to declare a state of emergency and help with funding to fight erosion as near-record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to tourism. Beverly...