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Charles City Bridge, River Closed After Partial Collapse

Charles City Bridge, River Closed After Partial Collapse

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials of a city more than 50 miles northwest of Waterloo have asked residents to stay at least 100 yards away from a bridge that partially collapsed.

Charles City police chief Hugh Anderson told the Charles City Press there’s a possibility of falling debris near the Charley Western Bridge or that it could collapse completely.

“We’re trying to urge people to stay off because it could obviously be at a critical point right now,” Anderson said. “It could be catastrophic if

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Drought Planning: Water Shortages Expected in New Mexico

Drought Planning: Water Shortages Expected in New Mexico

By Susan Montoya Bryan

Water flows through one of the irrigation canals in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, March 31, 2017. Water managers around New Mexico have developed regional plans identifying potential future shortages, setting the stage for a much-needed overhaul of the statewide roadmap for navigating the uncertainties of drought. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In all but one corner of New Mexico, water managers are projecting shortages in drinking and irrigation supplies given expected demand

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Fire Hits Dubai High-Rise Complex Near World’s Tallest Tower

Fire Hits Dubai High-Rise Complex Near World’s Tallest Tower

By Jon Gambrell

Firefighters battle a blaze at an under-construction high rise in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 2, 2017. The large fire broke out early Sunday near Dubai’s largest shopping mall, sending thick gray smoke billowing over the heart of the city. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An inferno burned early Sunday, April 2, in a high-rise tower complex being built alongside Dubai’s largest mall, its thick black smoke shrouding the world’s tallest

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New Marshaltown Natural-Gas Fired Plant to Go Online

New Marshaltown Natural-Gas Fired Plant to Go Online

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy will begin supplying energy this weekend from a $700 million natural gas-fired plant in Marshalltown that’ll produce enough electricity to power 500,000 homes.

The Times-Republican reports the Marshalltown Generating Station is the biggest economic development project in the community’s history and one of the largest ever in central Iowa.

Alliant officials say the economic impact has been chart-busting over the past two and a half years, with $47.3 million spent in the Marshalltown area by contractors and workers as of

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Taco Comfort Solutions Introduces the LeakBreaker™ Water Heater Shut-Off

Taco Comfort Solutions Introduces the LeakBreaker™ Water Heater Shut-Off

Taco Comfort Solutions’ new LeakBreaker protects against damage from leaking water heaters.

Taco’s new LeakBreaker™ is a water heater leak-protection device that guards against flood damage from a leaking water heater. It consists of a control unit, a valve with actuator and a sensor.

This resettable, testable protection device can be installed on any style water heater to shut off the incoming water supply, preventing additional water flow to a damaged water heater. The two-color LED light and audible

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Pasternack Releases New Line of IQ Mixers

Pasternack Releases New Line of IQ Mixers

Pasternack has announced six new IQ mixer models with RF and LO frequency bands ranging from 4 GHz to 38 GHz, and In-Phase and Quadrature IF bandwidths ranging from DC to 4.5 GHz.

IRVINE, Calif. — Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has released six new IQ mixer models with RF and LO frequency bands ranging from 4 GHz to 38 GHz and In-Phase and Quadrature IF bandwidths ranging from DC to 4.5 GHz.

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New Chilled Beam Control System Recognized as HVAC Product of Year

New Chilled Beam Control System Recognized as HVAC Product of Year

Two school trade journals gave HVAC manufacturer SEMCO a gold innovative product award for its NEUTON Controllable Chilled Beam Pump Module.

DALLAS — SEMCO® LLC, Columbia, Mo., a manufacturer of indoor air quality HVAC equipment, was recently awarded a “Product of the Year” Gold Award by School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines, for its newly developed NEUTON™ Controllable Chilled Beam Pump Module (CCBPM).

The Product of the Year program is judged by a panel of industry experts and is designed to honor

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Cincinnati Managed Flood Disaster Relief Efforts With Flowfinity Workflow Apps

Cincinnati Managed Flood Disaster Relief Efforts With Flowfinity Workflow Apps

The city of Cincinnati increased the efficiency of disaster recovery efforts from last year’s storms with workflow apps from Flowfinity.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia /PRNewswire/ — Flowfinity Wireless Inc. has announced that its enterprise mobile application software enabled the city of Cincinnati to quickly put in place a mobile crisis management system during the historic 100-year storm in 2016.

Flowfinity’s fast application development software allowed the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) division to react to the emergency situation and build the applications necessary to help

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Phone Aims to Dispel the Note 7 Debacle

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Phone Aims to Dispel the Note 7 Debacle

By Anick Jedanun

the Bixby function of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is demonstrated in New York. The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

The Galaxy S8 features a larger display

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Windows Update Will Bring 3-D, Game Tools and Doodling

Windows Update Will Bring 3-D, Game Tools and Doodling

By Anick Jedanun

Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, discusses a Windows 10 update at a Microsoft media event in New York. The major update to Microsoft’s Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, 2017. New features in the “Creators Update” include 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and the ability to annotate maps and photos. Microsoft also is changing its update procedures to make them less disruptive. …

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In Brief

In Brief

Metra Launches 2017 Construction Program

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s commuter rail agency is planning $216 million in construction projects this year.

The plan by Metra targets 29 stations, 21 bridges and 29 road crossings. Metra and its railroad partners announced it Monday. Construction is expected to continue through fall.

The program’s major endeavors include replacing aging bridges on the UP North and Milwaukee West lines and constructing new track segments along the UP West Line.

Numerous smaller projects will be distributed across Metra’s 11 lines. These include station upgrades ranging from installing

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In Brief

In Brief

New Mexico Senate Backs Solar Contracts for State Buildings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ A legislative initiative that could spur the installation of solar panels on New Mexico state buildings has been approved by the state Senate.

The Senate on Monday voted 36-4 to direct the state General Services Department to pursue contracts with solar providers that save the state money on electricity costs over time with no up-front public investment.

The bill also opens the way for contracts that generate electricity with wind turbines or

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In Brief

In Brief

Big Solar Project Coming to New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire could soon be home to one of the largest solar projects in the region.

The town of Hinsdale on Monday conditionally approved a Ranger Solar project to build a solar field up to 65 megawatts on a 400-acre site. Power from the project, which could go online in late 2019, would feed the regional electricity market and power as many as 19,500 homes. The company also said the project would offset over 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 20

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