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In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Agency wants revision of DTE power generation strategy

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan agency asked DTE Electric Co. on Thursday to revise its strategy for generating power over the next 15 years. The state Public Service Commission requested more information about alternatives such as wind and solar projects owned by the utility or third parties. It also urged DTE...

Committee endorses bill to require CMP to renegotiate lease

Feb. 20, 2020 9:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Legislators voted to endorse a bill to require the state to cancel and potentially renegotiate a lease for Central Maine Power’s proposed $1 billion transmission project. The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted 9-to-0 on the bill Tuesday,...

In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, are solar panels on rooftops of a housing development in Folsom, Calif. When California finalized the nation's first sweeping rooftop solar mandate for new construction last year, advocates pictured a utopia of all homes being built with solar panels, turning the clunky panels into the new norm to help the state achieve state carbon neutrality. But those images of self-sustaining abodes may be dashed, supporters warn, if an electric utility in Sacramento wins a widely watched case on Thursday, Feb. 20, deciding how the new solar mandate will be interpreted. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California's solar mandate to allow homes without solar

Feb. 20, 2020 9:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the objections of environmentalists, California regulators approved a proposal Thursday to allow builders to construct homes without solar panels, a decision critics said undercuts California’s seven-week-old law that all new houses have their own solar power. At a...

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' sticky health debate; Trump's rally

Feb. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's got the goods on health care policy? That question was an undercurrent in the feisty Democratic presidential debate as rivals stood accused of being lightweights who have done little more than put up Post-it notes or slideshows on the subject. Also in the Las Vegas debate, Mike...

Largest New Mexico utility aims to improve customer service

Feb. 19, 2020 11:10 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric utility is changing the way it interacts with customers. Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Wednesday that new communication methods are being implemented to make it easier for New Mexicans to do business with the utility. Those methods include a...

A Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks lawman, observes the swirling Pearl River floodwaters drain from North Canton Club Circle in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2020. Officials have limited entry to the flooded neighborhoods as they have warned residents about the contamination of the receding waters and the swift currents. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Flooded Mississippi residents return to soggy, smelly homes

Feb. 19, 2020 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents returned to soggy, smelly homes Wednesday to begin cleaning up as floodwaters were receding around Mississippi's capital after days of misery but with more rain on the way. Nearly 300 homes and businesses were still without power in two counties, and Entergy utility company...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A federal judge repeatedly ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric, saying its executives have put greed before safety. U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the utility at a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances that it will cause even more devastation. The harsh rebuke came in a hearing as part of PG&E's criminal probation imposed after its natural gas lines blew up a San Bruno, California, neighborhood and killed eight people. Since its probation, poorly maintained power lines have been blamed for igniting wildfires that killed nearly 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge rips PG&E for poor safety record leading to wildfires

Feb. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives have put greed before safety and telling officials from the utility blamed for catastrophic California wildfires to plan to add at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to cut the risk of even more blazes....

Montana regulators shield power company's coal contract

Feb. 19, 2020 2:56 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Utility regulators have agreed to shield details of a coal supply contract for the Colstrip Power Plant in southeastern Montana for now. The Montana Public Service Commission voted Tuesday in favor of a request from NorthWestern Energy, which argued the agreement contains trade secrets...

Four girls hospitalized after Los Angeles school bus crash

Feb. 19, 2020 2:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four girls were hospitalized after their school bus struck a utility pole, bringing down electrical wires Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, fire officials said. The patients were in fair condition following the single-vehicle crash around 7:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said....