Oregon Lawmakers Look Ahead to Capping Greenhouse Gases

Oregon Lawmakers Look Ahead to  Capping Greenhouse Gases

By Tom James and Andrew Selsky

Dark clouds hovering over the Capitol in Salem, Ore. Oregon’s Legislature ended its 2018 session on Saturday, March 3, 2018 wrapping up an almost month-long session that saw additional gun controls, an attempt to curb opioid abuse and a remedy to prevent losses to state coffers from the federal tax overhaul. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, file)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With the short 2018 legislative session behind them, Oregon politicians are already

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Houston Homes Still at Risk of Floodwater Despite Upgrades

Houston Homes Still at Risk of  Floodwater Despite Upgrades

Electricians make their way into a home in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston that is in the process of being raised. In spite of multimillion-dollar flood control efforts, nearly 9,000 homes and other buildings will remain at risk on the floodplains of four waterways near the Houston area. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) _ Nearly 9,000 homes and other buildings will remain in the floodplains of four Houston-area waterways despite multimillion-dollar flood control projects.

Momentum built last

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Illinois Governor’s Mansion to Reopen to Public in July

Illinois Governor’s Mansion to Reopen to Public in July

More than a year after the start of extensive renovations to the Illinois governor’s mansion, the building is set to reopen in July 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner says the governor’s mansion will reopen in July, more than a year after the beginning of an extensive renovation process.

Rauner spoke in February at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism in Chicago. She said the Executive Mansion in Springfield

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Company Asks Appeals Court to Lift Halt in Oil Pipeline Work

Company Asks Appeals Court to Lift Halt in Oil Pipeline Work

By Michael Kunzelman

A sign marks the area of a pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Just over a year later, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick sided with environmental groups and issued a preliminary injunction stopping all Bayou Bridge pipeline construction work in the Atchafalaya Basin. (Brett Duke/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana asked a federal appeals court Friday, March 2, to

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OmegaFlex® Introduces World’s First Corrugated Medical Gas Tubing for Healthcare Use

OmegaFlex® Introduces World’s First Corrugated Medical Gas Tubing for Healthcare Use

MediTrac®, the world’s first corrugated medical tubing for distribution of medical gases, installs in a single, bendable length that can be conveniently routed around existing structures.

EXTON, Pa. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OmegaFlex®, a global manufacturer of metal hoses, has announced MediTrac® as the world’s first corrugated medical tubing (CMT) for distribution of medical gases. Unlike rigid copper tubing that is installed in numerous brazed sections and elbow joints to accommodate a facility layout, MediTrac semi-rigid tubing installs in a

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New Fan Automatically Ventilates and Cools Garages

New Fan Automatically Ventilates and Cools Garages

Tjernlund’s Cool Breeze garage fan pulls hot air from the garage ceiling and pushes it out via attic space vents.

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — Homeowners wanting relief from their too hot attached garage can install a “Cool Breeze” Garage Fan recently introduced by Tjernlund Products, Inc. that provides air circulation to dramatically reduce the temperature throughout the garage interior. Mounted between the ceiling joists, the Cool Breeze fan pulls hot air from the garage ceiling and exhausts it

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Pasternack Introduces New Line of Millimeter-Wave Removable End Launch Connectors

Pasternack Introduces New Line of  Millimeter-Wave Removable End Launch Connectors

Pasternack’s new line of millimeter-wave removable end launch connectors are ideal for high-speed digital and mmWave system development.

IRVINE, Calif. — Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has just released a new line of high-speed end launch connectors. These new removable end launch connectors are perfect for signal integrity measurements, coplanar waveguide, chip evaluations, SERDES, substrate characterization, 25 GbE and test fixture applications.

Pasternack’s new series of high-speed end launch connectors is comprised of

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New Samsung Phone: Nicer Camera, Static Design, Higher Price

New Samsung Phone: Nicer Camera, Static Design, Higher Price

By Anick Jesdanun

The Bixby virtual assistant software of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone translates a foreign language sign during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second

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AI’s Dirty Little Secret: It’s Powered by People

AI’s Dirty Little Secret: It’s Powered by People

By Ryan Nakashima

Jessica McShane, an employee at Interactions Corp., monitors person-to-computer communications, helping computers understand what a human is saying, in the “intent analysis” room at the company’s headquarters in Franklin, Mass. When a computer can’t make out a customer call to the Hyatt Hotels chain, an audio snippet is sent to AI-powered call center Interactions. There, while the customer waits on the phone, an analyst transcribes everything from misheard numbers to profanities and quickly directs the computer …

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Do’s and Don’ts When Using Shopping Apps

Do’s and Don’ts When Using Shopping Apps

By Lauren Schwahn | NerdWallet

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can streamline in-store trips and online purchases, but shoppers could also find that convenience comes with a

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In Brief

In Brief

APS teams with First Solar on Plant With Battery Storage
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest electric utility is teaming with one of the nation’s leading solar panel makers to develop a solar power field matched with battery storage.

Arizona Public Service Co. and Tempe-Based First Solar announced last month that they will build the solar panel array and battery bank near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Phoenix.

Matching battery storage with a utility-scale solar array means the plant will be able to provide …

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In Brief

In Brief

Legionella Bacteria Found in Illinois State Capitol Complex

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register says the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sent a memo Feb. 7 saying there were four positive readings for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease out of more than 300 water tests done throughout the 14-building complex.

Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia caused by water-borne bacteria. State officials say they’re

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In Brief

In Brief

Report: More Utility Customers Produced Electricity in 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state says more utility customers in Michigan produced their own electricity in 2016 than the previous year.

Michigan’s Public Service Commission says 2,582 residential, commercial and industrial customers participated in the state’s net metering program, an increase of 427 from 2015.

Solar remains the leading form of energy generation. Wind is the second most popular.

The net metering program was established in 2008 and is available to customers of rate-regulated utilities, cooperatives, and

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