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Maine secures deal for discounted energy from Hydro Quebec

Jul. 10, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hydro Quebec has sweetened the pot for Maine under a $1 billion transmission project to bring hydropower to the New England power grid by agreeing to provide discounted energy to the state, Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday. Hydro Quebec will provide enough discounted power for about...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, ordered the pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Jul. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting political pressures and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt even as the pandemic saps demand for...

Big spending, legal appeals in $1B transmission project

Jul. 7, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power and Hydro Quebec have spent more money in support of a $1 billion hydropower transmission project than the spending total on a failed referendum on a casino in York County in 2017, an environmental advocacy group said Tuesday. CMP and Hydro Quebec have together...

Southern Arizona wildfire prompts more evacuations

Jun. 30, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona is prompting more evacuations. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said an area northeast of Tucson was being evacuated Tuesday. The area includes the southeastern Catalina area around Redington Road....

Judge declines to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge declined Monday to remove a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project from the November ballot, ruling that constitutional questions can be addressed later if the referendum is enacted. Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren said in his ruling that the lawsuit...

Longtime South Dakota amateur radio operator signs off

Jun. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Sapphire Lane lost its signature radio antenna and tower this month when the neighborhood’s amateur radio operator, Lewis Rohrer, signed off from his longtime hobby. “It was the landmark of Sapphire Lane,” Rohrer said, chuckling as he recalled that when his...

A North Korean woman lays a bouquet of flowers during a visit to the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery to pay respects to the monument to the fallen soldiers of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, June 25, 2020. North and South Korea on Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War with largely subdued commemorations amid the coronavirus pandemic, a day after the North abruptly halted a pressure campaign against the South. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

2 Koreas mark war anniversary after pause in rising tensions

Jun. 25, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Thursday separately marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War with largely subdued commemorations amid the coronavirus pandemic, a day after the North abruptly halted a pressure campaign against the South. South Korea issued a joint...

Lawyers ask judge to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 24, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys who contend a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project is unconstitutional asked a Superior Court judge on Wednesday to remove the question from the November ballot. The lawsuit contends the Maine Constitution links referendums to legislative acts, not...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A grand jury investigation into the 2018 wildfire that killed 85 people in Northern California, wiping out a town, found that Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly ignored warnings about its failing power lines in the area, performed inadequate inspections and ignored pleas from employees about deteriorating equipment. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Profits over safety: Utility blamed in fire that killed 85

Jun. 16, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday after a 2018 Northern California wildfire killed 85 people found that Pacific Gas & Electric officials repeatedly ignored warnings about its failing power lines, performed inadequate inspections to focus on profits and refused to learn...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 2, 2020. Intolerance and inaction will no longer be tolerated Can you hear us now? The death last week of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and the passing of days before the officer’s arrest sparked protests in cities across the country, including Des...