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Land value dispute delays levee project near New Orleans

Dec. 02, 2021 12:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Construction on a long-planned levee in southeastern Louisiana has been delayed at least a month because of a dispute over land to complete the project. The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Levee is designed to protect St. John the Baptist, St....

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Dec. 02, 2021 07:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical...

LG&E agrees to $750K civil penalty in air pollution case

Dec. 02, 2021 04:05 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty and permanently limit emissions from its Mill Creek Station coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, the U.S. Justice Department said. A proposed agreement was filed Wednesday...

Controversial plan for Oregon natural gas terminal abandoned

Dec. 01, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company called it quits Wednesday on a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal on the southern Oregon coast after failing to obtain all necessary state permits. Opponents of the Jordan Cove project, which would...

Fire burns Southern California residential construction site

Dec. 01, 2021 17:01 PM EST

UPLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire destroyed or damaged eight apartment-style buildings that were under construction and damaged an occupied adjacent apartment building in Southern California before dawn Wednesday, authorities said. More than 60 firefighters from multiple...

Oil demand, climate change clash in California pipeline plan

Dec. 01, 2021 15:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to replace an oil pipeline that was shut down in 2015 after causing California's worst coastal spill in 25 years is inching though a government review, even as the state moves toward banning gas-powered vehicles and oil drilling. ...

Jury selection begins in trial stemming from workplace death

Dec. 01, 2021 09:21 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Jury selection got underway Wednesday for the trial of a roofing contractor charged in the death of a worker who fell from a roof because of alleged unsafe working conditions. The trial of Michael Purvis was initially scheduled for March 2020, but...

Explosion of WWII bomb in Munich injures 4, disrupts trains

Dec. 01, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke...

2 Kentucky cities, utility receive $2.7M for water projects

Dec. 01, 2021 04:01 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky cities and one utility are receiving $2.7 million for three sewer and water improvement projects. The funding is going to the city of Lawrenceburg, the South Anderson Water District and the city of Frankfort, Gov. Andy Beshear's office...

New Texas rules after blackout, but not for this winter

Nov. 30, 2021 18:44 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Regulators of Texas' oil and gas industry that buckled during February's deadly freeze moved Tuesday toward making some producers more prepared for cold weather, but not in time for this winter as the nation's power grid monitor warned the state is still at risk of...