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Graves of some who died at RI institutions lie under highway

Oct. 20, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

The thousands of drivers who use a Rhode Island highway on their way to work every day probably have no idea they are passing over the graves of some people who died in the late 1800s and early 1900s at state institutions. The location of the graves beneath the highway in...

California man pleads no contest in fatal Nebraska crash

Oct. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A California truck driver pleaded no contest Tuesday in a chain reaction crash that killed three people in Nebraska two years ago. Kenneth Kratt, 36, of Madera, California, was charged with three counts of felony manslaughter after the crash in a...

Audit finds troopers lax in monitoring access to Capitol

Oct. 19, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says it is working to improve security measures after an audit released Tuesday found key card access to the building hasn’t been adequately monitored. The audit found that 13 state employees who had been...

$1.1M approved for new Rochester District Court building

Oct. 19, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire legislature has approved a $1.1 million project for a new Rochester District Court building because the original is too small to handle its increased volume of cases and its size could be a safety hazard. The building was built...

Report: Jackson dumped 6B gallons of partly treated sewage

Oct. 19, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s capital city dumped more than 6 billion gallons (22.7 billion liters) of partly treated sewage into a river in 2020, seven years after signing a federal court agreement to clean up its act, court records show. The records also show...

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Oct. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration...

Mexico City brings charges against 10 in subway collapse

Oct. 18, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City prosecutors announced Monday they have brought criminal charges against 10 “individuals and companies” for construction and design defects that caused an elevated subway line to collapse in May, killing 26 people. Ulises Lara, the...

InvestigateWest: Cleaner buildings will cost billions

Oct. 18, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

Pumping insulation into walls and scrapping gas furnaces aren’t the most glamorous ways to attack climate change. Renovating old buildings seems downright mundane compared to fast-charging elec-tric cars or efficient high-rise buildings. But for Francisco Ramos, upgrading his Northeast...

Fishing pier condemned: former bridge section unstable

Oct. 18, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities have condemned and will remove a section of a Louisiana bridge used for nearly two decades as a fishing pier, officials said Monday. Work at the Lake Bistineau spillway fishing pier will begin Oct. 25 and is expected to take 90...

SC Ports to get its 1st woman CEO when Newsome retires

Oct. 18, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Ports CEO Jim Newsome is retiring next year, handing over the running of the docks in Charleston to the first woman to lead a top 10 container port in the United States. Current Chief Operating Officer Barbara Melvin will take over...