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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...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. 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.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 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: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Indiana woman's lead testing company gets clients nationwide

Mar. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Megan Glover was growing concerned about her water. Four years ago, the country was on the heels of a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that had alerted many to the dangers of lead poisoning and water safety. In Zionsville, Glover was acutely aware of the issues just a state away. As...

Michigan bans spreading manure on croplands in winter months

Mar. 27, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's largest livestock operations will be prohibited from spreading manure on croplands during the first three months of the year under a regulation issued Friday. The ban on waste application during January, February and March was included in an update of a state permit for...

EPA OKs cleanup plan change for Indiana lead-tainted complex

Mar. 27, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a change in the remediation plan for a former public housing complex site that East Chicago, Indiana, is seeking to transform into a commercial project. The development firm Industrial Development Advantage wants to purchase...

FILE - In this Friday, March 20, 2020 file photo, two pairs of hikers maintain social distance as they mingle at Vista View Point in Griffith Park in Los Angeles as storm clouds pass through. Southern Californians who venture outside this week will see excellent air quality, resulting from business closures during the coronavirus pandemic and recent rain. The area's famous freeway are empty but experts say the lack of cars is contributing only a small amount to the clear skies. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Coronavirus restrictions, rain improve LA area air quality

Mar. 27, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern Californians who venture outside this week will see excellent air quality, resulting from business closures during the coronavirus pandemic and recent rain, experts said. The area's famous freeway are empty but the lack of cars is contributing only a small amount to the clear...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington as Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's push to open economy could come at cost of lives

Mar. 26, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Donald Trump has another view: The costs of shutting down the economy outweigh the...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is steadily pushing major public health and environmental rollbacks toward enactment, rejecting appeals that it slow its deregulatory drive while Americans grapple with the pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Citing virus, EPA has stopped enforcing environmental laws

Mar. 26, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic. The oil and gas industry were among the...

Aviation agency to implement new Denver-area flight paths

Mar. 26, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented new flight paths in the Denver area to coordinate airspace around congested metropolitan areas. The Denver Metroplex plan began in 2014 and includes six airports from Fort Collins to Centennial, including the Denver International Airport, ...

This graph provided by BruitParif on Thursday, March 26, 2020, shows the measure of noise pollution before and after the confinement due to the coronavirus outbreak. The confinement measures in and around Paris have unsurprisingly had an impact in reducing the French capital's noise pollution levels. Some 150 monitoring stations around Paris and its suburbs, has recorded an

Paris falls silent: Sound maps show impact of confinement

Mar. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — What's that sound beneath the Eiffel Tower? It's silence — a rare phenomenon in big cities like Paris, but one that's increasingly common now that tourism is banned and millions of people in and around the French capital are confined at home. Some 150 monitoring stations around the...