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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from Michigan State University reported electric vehicles only emit about one-fifth the heat of conventional gas-powered vehicles. In areas with heavy traffic, scientists argued reducing heat emissions from cars could also lead to residents using less air conditioning.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

But skeptics questioned how soon the natural gas industry could get up and running in a state without a history of such drilling.

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Starlings in Nevada

March 24, 2015 3:33 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

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Japan Audit: Millions of Dollars Wasted in Fukushima Cleanup

March 24, 2015 3:28 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | Comments

A Board of Audit report describes various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure.

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Report: Feds to Exceed Costs For Cleaning up Nuke Waste

March 24, 2015 3:25 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

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Ex-coal Boss Pleads Not Guilty Again in Mine Safety Case

March 24, 2015 3:20 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

He is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards, falsifying coal dust samples and defrauding federal financial regulators related to Upper Big Branch Mine. A blast at the southern West Virginia mine killed 29 men in 2010.

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Recalls Issued Over Listeria Linked to Frozen Spinach

March 24, 2015 3:16 pm | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | Comments

Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach.

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Jordan, Russia Sign $10 Billion Deal on Nuclear Reactors

March 24, 2015 3:12 pm | by SAM McNEIL, Associated Press | Comments

The kingdom's state-run Petra news agency said Russia's state-owned firm "Rosatom will construct two 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactors" at the country's plant in Amra in northern Jordan.

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$50 Million Plastic Plant Headed to South-Central Idaho

March 23, 2015 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company is the latest plastics manufacture clustering in southern Idaho, including Solo Cup Co., Hilex Poly and Spears Manufacturing.

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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 23, 2015 5:34 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill Monday that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

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California First to Feel Hydro-Power Crunch of Drought

March 23, 2015 5:31 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Despite the state's ambitious clean-air goals, officials are turning to dirtier, more costly fossil-fuel plants to fill some of the power gap.

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Utah Medical Waste Incinerator Proposes Doubling Production

March 23, 2015 5:24 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

A medical waste burning plant that is leaving North Salt Lake City after being cited for toxic emissions wants to more than double production at a new facility in a rural part of the state.

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State Wants More Info on Proposed Eastern Illinois Coal Mine

March 23, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company says the mine would generate 300 jobs paying an average of $76,000 annually.

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Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Shuts Down After Water Leak Detected

March 23, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

DTE Energy Co. says it has shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant after a water leak was detected within the dry well that encloses its reactor.

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Oil Markets, Strong Production Lead US Gas Prices Lower

March 23, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling oil prices and strong production at U.S. refineries led to lower numbers at the pump.

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