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Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 22, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Post and Courier on education improvements: South Carolina owns about 1,300 elementary, middle and high schools, which educate 750,000 children — some quite well, others horribly. On Tuesday (Jan. 21), state senators began debates on a bill...

Worker falls into vat of acid, dies; officials investigate

Jan. 22, 2020 11:04 AM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A worker fell into a chemical vat at a business in Ohio and died, authorities said. Dana Swisher, 60, of Union, fell into the vat at Techmetals Inc. on Tuesday, Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said. The tank contained liquid chromic acid, Dayton fire officials said....

Verso moves forward with $400M deal that includes Maine mill

Jan. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A paper mill company announced it has the necessary regulatory approvals to move forward with plans to sell its Maine mill as part of a $400 million deal. Ohio-based Verso Corp. will receive its final approval on Jan. 31, when shareholders meet in New York to vote on the sale at the...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

Jan. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both measures have been proposed in previous years but died in what was then a Republican-controlled General...

Authorities say worker fell into chemical vat and died

Jan. 21, 2020 5:12 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A worker fell into a chemical vat at a business in Ohio on Tuesday and died, authorities said. Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said a 60-year-old man from Union fell into the vat at Techmetals Inc. Further details about the circumstances of his death weren't immediately...

Wyoming, Montana seek Supreme Court ruling on coal exports

Jan. 21, 2020 2:16 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming and Montana asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on Washington State's denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S. coal exports. The coal-producing Rocky Mountain states argue the denial violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which...

Illinois healthcare company closes briefly to meet state law

Jan. 21, 2020 1:10 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois healthcare manufacturing company has temporarily closed because it couldn't meet new state standards for ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing chemical. Medline Industries in Waukegan is in the process of completing $10 million in upgrades designed to bring the plant into...

Maine task force wants to limit size of ATVs on some trails

Jan. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A task force convened by the governor of Maine is recommending numerous changes to the way the state regulates all-terrain vehicles, which could be subject to new size limits. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills created the task force to help the state cope with increasing ATV registrations...

Worker killed in industrial accident at New Jersey plant

Jan. 20, 2020 9:54 AM EST

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man was killed in an industrial accident in a New Jersey processing facility, authorities said. Emergency responders were called to the Safeway Freezer Storage plant in Vineland shortly after 12:30 a..m. Saturday, police said. Lt. Brian Armstrong said 28-year-old Felipe...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the project's risks to clean water. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Hearing puts agency under scrutiny over PolyMet mine permit

Jan. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency...