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FILE - In this March 28, 2017 file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy's Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a

After disastrous year, no 'new normal' for Powder River coal

Feb. 17, 2020 11:54 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a “new normal” for the commodity. The times of posting nearly 450 million-ton annual PRB...

Alabama eligible for nearly $42M in federal water funding

Feb. 16, 2020 10:17 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is in line for nearly $42 million in federal funding to help with projects related to water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The state is eligible for about $18 million to help with projects like fixing old water infrastructure, fixing stormwater problems...

Indianapolis weighs future of electric car-charging stations

Feb. 16, 2020 9:42 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The impending demise of an electric car-sharing service in Indianapolis has left city officials faced with the question of what should happen to the dozens of car-charging stations that powered those vehicles. BlueIndy will end its collaboration with the city of Indianapolis on May 21....

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

Burlington

Feb. 15, 2020 4:32 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington issued a boil water advisory on Saturday for homes in the city and some homes in South Burlington that use the city's water system out of an abundance of caution. The notice did not include the high service area at the University of Vermont and the University...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. The utility Public Service Company of New Mexico is looking to its future as it readies to end operations at the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico utility looks toward future as it leaves coal

Feb. 15, 2020 11:17 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is approaching the wire for when it must issue a ruling on Public Service Company of New Mexico’s application to end operations at the San Juan Generating Station. PNM Vice President of Generation Tom Fallgren said he anticipates a...

Wildlife sanctuary is planning $8 million renovation

Feb. 15, 2020 3:01 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A nonprofit Jacksonville wildlife sanctuary is planning an estimated $8 million renovation project to enhance the 225-acre refuge for rescued big cats and other animals. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, 1860 Starratt Road, is improving its animal enclosures by building more...

This April 11, 2015, photo provided by EcoFlight shows the White Mesa Uranium Mill near Blanding in southeastern Utah. The Trump administration is asking Congress for $1.5 billion over 10 years to build up a U.S. uranium stockpile, saying it wants to break an over-reliance on foreign uranium that undermines U.S. energy security. The White Mesa facility is one of the sites where production could be ramped up under the proposal. (Dom Smith/EcoFlight via AP)

Trump's $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans

Feb. 14, 2020 11:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country's nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including outside Grand Canyon National Park. The company, Canada-based...

Unemployment insurance available for power plant workers

Feb. 14, 2020 10:59 PM EST

PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — State labor officials say workers who are laid off as a result of a planned power plant closure in western New Mexico will be eligible for unemployment benefits. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced earlier this year it would close the coal-fired Escalante...

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, the Rio Grande is diverted near San Acacia, N.M. New Mexico lawmakers are considering setting aside $20 million that could be used as seed money as water managers in the arid state scramble to find ways to reduce groundwater pumping that is at the center of a legal battle over one of North America's longest rivers. The ongoing fight over the Rio Grande has pitted Texas and New Mexico against one another before the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico funds could help revamp management of Rio Grande

Feb. 14, 2020 6:36 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering setting aside $20 million that could be used as seed money as water managers, municipalities and farmers scramble to find ways to reduce groundwater pumping that is at the center of a high-stakes legal battle. The fight over the Rio Grande has...