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  • June groundbreaking planned for Osceola steel mill 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:11 pm
  • OSCEOLA, Arkansas - Groundbreaking on a planned $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is expected to take place in late June.

  • Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now online 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:22 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

  • Ocean ships arrive at Indiana's Lake Michigan port 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:58 am
  • PORTAGE, Indiana - Oceangoing ships are once again cruising into Indiana's main Lake Michigan port after overcoming the worst Great Lakes ice conditions in decades to start the port's overseas shipping season.

  • Some nurseries offer plants that are safe for bees 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:08 am
  • MOORHEAD, Minnesota - As gardeners begin shopping for plants this spring, they may see some marked as safe for bees.

  • Ludlow massacre spurred New Deal labor reforms 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 9:28 am
  • DENVER - A century ago this Sunday, 11 children and two women died in a fire that followed a shootout between the Colorado National Guard and striking coal miners at a tent camp in southern Colorado.

  • Another top Illinois DNR official departs 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 9:19 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A top Illinois Department of Natural Resources official is the latest administrator to leave the agency.

  • Stillwater Mining production up, but VP resigns 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:14 am
  • BILLINGS, Montana - Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:29 am
  • WEST, Texas - Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:07 pm
  • RIDDLE, Oregon - U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:07 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board.

  • Aluminum plant could be Superfund site 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:59 pm
  • COLUMBIA FALLS, Montana - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says pollution at the defunct Columbia Falls aluminum plant qualifies it as a Superfund site, but the agency wants the public's support before moving with the cleanup process.

  • Police promise better handling of rape kits 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:40 am
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake City police are promising swifter processing of rape kits, and they say they are starting a website to track the progress.

  • EXCHANGE: Boody sawmill owner's legacy lives on 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:25 am
  • BOODY, Illinois - Tom Curry never had a problem seeing the wood for the trees.

  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:52 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

  • Shell holds meeting on Pennsylvania plant proposal 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:26 pm
  • ALIQUIPPA, Pennsylvania - A plan to build a huge new petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania is making progress, Shell Oil Co. officials said Wednesday - but there's still no guarantee the multi-billion dollar project will actually be constructed.

  • State awards $4.8M to West recovery efforts 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:56 pm
  • WEST, Texas - State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

  • Official: $2M in chemical spill costs reimbursable 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:23 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Public agencies and nonprofits that helped after a Jan. 9 chemical leak into the water supply could receive $2 million in reimbursements for their emergency work, a West Virginia homeland security official said.

  • Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:51 pm
  • WEST, Texas - Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past.

  • Refiner credit bill expanded to fertilizer plant 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:32 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - A bill that would offer tax credits to help in-state refiners has been expanded to include the now-shuttered Agrium Inc. plant in Nikiski.

  • Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:09 pm
  • LEWISTON, Idaho - Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.

  • Goldmark breaks campaign vow, takes timber money 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:02 pm
  • SEATTLE - Washington State Commission of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has accepted $100,000 in campaign contributions from timber and wood-product companies in the past three years - despite a previous campaign pledge that he would not accept cash from industries that he would regulate, The Seattle Times reports.

  • Dominion plans new North Anna seismic risk study 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:32 am
  • MINERAL, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna nuclear power plant will undergo a new seismic risk assessment.

  • Court overturns 1 SEC conflict minerals provision 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:20 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.

  • Fire chief urges changes ahead of West anniversary 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:51 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.

  • Koppers acquiring 2 Osmose businesses 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:29 am
  • Wood products company Koppers Inc. said Monday that it will acquire the wood preservation and railroad services businesses of Osmose Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $460 million.