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Maine truck company to pay $75K for emissions violations

Nov. 16, 2021 15:54 PM EST

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A Maine truck sales company will pay $75,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency as a penalty for allegedly tampering with emissions controls on diesel vehicles from 2017 to 2019. The penalty agreement settled allegations APlus Truck Sales of...

Investigation into 2019 plane crash points to medical event

Nov. 12, 2021 11:48 AM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A medical event, not an equipment malfunction, mostly likely caused a small plane to crash in a cemetery in New Bedford in 2019, a preliminary government investigation has found. Paul E. Vidal, 74, was piloting the single-engine plane on Nov....

Police: Worker dies of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

Nov. 10, 2021 08:14 AM EST

FORT SALONGA, N.Y. (AP) — A construction worker died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning while working on a drainage pipe on Long Island, police said. Victor Irizzary was removing silt from the bottom of a 10-foot-deep drainage pipe in Fort Salonga on Tuesday when he...

Emails show officials sniping amid 2nd Michigan lead crisis

Nov. 08, 2021 17:56 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After a Michigan official emailed the head of Benton Harbor’s drinking water system in June 2019 about the impoverished city's failure to hit targets for treating corroded lead pipes, the local leader snapped back: “I have no time for this.” ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 03, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov. 1, 2021. Editorial: Time to rein in leadership PACs In politics, money is power. No secret there. But we mean this in a different way than usual. Most of the time, when people...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Nov. 02, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

KPC News. Oct. 31, 2021. Editorial: Free speech and public safety Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has spent much time the past three weeks claiming that President Biden’s administration is threatening Hoosiers’ First Amendment rights when it...

At least 8 hospitalized for carbon monoxide exposure

Oct. 29, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Eight people were taken to the hospital in Massachusetts for carbon monoxide exposures. The three incidents south of Boston were all related to operating generators in homes as parts of the state continue to deal with power outages following this...

US lowers cutoff for lead poisoning in young kids

Oct. 28, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have changed their definition of lead poisoning in young children — a move expected to more than double the number of kids with worrisome levels of the toxic metal in their blood. The more stringent standard announced Thursday by...

Dodge City police: 5 critically sickened by CO from exhaust

Oct. 27, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Five family members in southwestern Kansas are fighting for their lives after being sickened by carbon monoxide, Dodge City police said. Police were called Monday to a home in Dodge City, where they encountered thick vehicle exhaust and found...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Oct. 26, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

South Bend Tribune. Oct. 22, 2021. Editorial: Partisan politics trample public health in St. Joseph County Now we know. After 19 months of watching the politicization of science and public health, we see what — and who — some...