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Kennebec dam owner sues Maine agencies as saga continues

Sep. 28, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River sued two Maine agencies on Monday alleging they improperly cooperated on fish passage regulations that impact the future of the dams and fish populations. The lawsuit filed in Kennebec...

$5B conservation plan offers new approach, but faces hurdles

Sep. 28, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

A pledge by nine grantmakers to give $5 billion to conservation efforts that address threats to biodiversity and to help curb climate change is taking a different approach than philanthropy has embraced in the past — one that may require those organizations to do things differently. ...

Green energy takes hold in unlikely places with Ford project

Sep. 28, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — When Ford revealed plans to ramp up its commitment to the fledgling electric vehicle sector, the automaker chose to create thousands of jobs and pump billions in investments into two states where Republican leaders have vilified the push for green energy and defended...

Yellen says infrastructure overhaul will US boost economy

Sep. 28, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says that President Joe Biden's spending proposals will address long-overdue U.S. infrastructure needs and prepare the country to meet future challenges. In remarks prepared for an appearance Tuesday before the National...

Gov. Lee: $500 million incentive package for Ford factory

Sep. 28, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offered $500 million in incentives for the creation of a $5.6 billion campus where Ford Motor Co. plans to build electric F-Series pickup trucks at the Memphis Regional Megasite industrial complex, Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday. The...

Invasive and toxic 'devil weed' found on Hawaii's Big Island

Sep. 28, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An invasive plant species that is toxic to cattle and highly flammable has been found on Hawaii's Big Island. Chromolaena odorata, also known as “devil weed,” was found on the east side of the Big Island earlier this year, the Hawaii...

Pennsylvania eyes $500M from feds for environmental program

Sep. 28, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state Senate committee in Pennsylvania approved legislation Tuesday to use federal coronavirus relief aid to revive a long-running program designed to help clean up waterways, fix up parks and preserve open space. The bill, approved 10-1, would...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Sep. 28, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

KPC News. Sept. 26, 2021. Editorial: Hoosiers should welcome Afghan refugees to communities Indiana has captured part of the national spotlight following the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, playing host to more than 6,000 refugees airlifted out...

Senate Republicans confirm Evers' Cabinet appointments

Sep. 28, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Senate Republicans confirmed four of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet appointments Tuesday after letting them languish for months but took no action on a key pick that would give the governor control of wildlife and pollution policies. The...

Thousands of Louisiana students out of school after Ida

Sep. 28, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About 70,000 students across southeast Louisiana remain out of school because of Hurricane Ida's destruction to classroom buildings a month ago, state Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley told lawmakers Tuesday. That's nearly 1 in 10 of...