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Water Street reboot revitalizes downtown Henderson

Oct. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few weeks into setting up shop at the farmers market outside the recently renovated Henderson City Hall, Rose Nixon is seeing community form from the booth where she sells handmade soaps. The market is one of the many hyperlocal attractions to be...

Ex-West Virginia mayor sentenced for pocketing relief funds

Oct. 12, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A former mayor in West Virginia was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison Tuesday for stealing federal relief funds meant to rebuild his city after a massive 2016 flood. Ex-Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber was sentenced in Nicholas County Circuit...

Phoenix, other cities keep growing as climate danger rises

Oct. 07, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The mustard-colored apartments built as public housing more than half a century ago are among the hottest spots in Phoenix, with only a few scrawny trees and metal clothesline poles offering shade in dusty courtyards. The two-story stucco structures in...

New stadium opening in Birmingham with UAB, Liberty game

Oct. 02, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's newest sports venue opens Saturday as UAB takes on Liberty at a $200 million, 45,000-seat outdoor stadium built in downtown Birmingham. Visible from Interstate 59/20 and adjacent to an entertainment district, the new Protective Stadium...

$50K to help Atlantic City plan new use of Trump Plaza site

Sep. 23, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City is getting a $50,000 state grant to help it come up with new uses for the site of the former Trump Plaza casino. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority's 21st Century Redevelopment Program is giving a planning grant to...

Harry, Meghan visit NYC sites, including Sept. 11 memorial

Sep. 23, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, got a hawk's-eye view of New York City on Thursday with a visit to the rebuilt World Trade Center's signature tower. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, de Blasio's...

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

Sep. 21, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Beizhong International Travel Agency in the eastern city of Tianjin has had only one customer since coronavirus outbreaks that began in July prompted Chinese leaders to renew city lockdowns and travel controls. Most of China is virus-free, but the...

Maine downtowns to get revitalization, preservation help

Sep. 19, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine foundation is slated to receive $750,000 through the National Park Service to revitalize and preserve downtowns in the state. The park service's Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program is providing the money to the Maine...

Tennessee site could be added to Superfund priority list

Sep. 10, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the addition of a former munitions factory in west Tennessee to a list of prioritized Superfund toxic cleanup sites, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said. The EPA has proposed adding the National...

Restored art deco Des Plaines Theatre reopens as music venue

Sep. 05, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A former vaudeville theatre will reopen this fall after a $6.6 million renovation partially backed by the city of Des Plaines in hopes it will drive more development in the area. The Des Plaines Theatre has been closed since 2014. The Pioneer...