Unused Tornado Relief Money to Fund New Home, Other Projects

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A foundation that handled money for relief efforts after a 2013 tornado tore through the central Illinois community of Washington plans to use some of its leftover funds to partner with Habitat for Humanity on a local construction project. The Washington Illinois Area Foundation raised about $1.6 million after the tornado […]

Mississippi Utility Inks Deal on Troubled $7.5 Billion Power Plant

By Jeff Amy JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Regulators have reached a settlement with Mississippi Power Co. on how much customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant once touted as a model for the future of coal. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. is agreeing to lower the price tag on its Kemper […]

Third Case of Legionnaires’ Reported at Quincy Veterans Home

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A third person has contracted Legionnaires’ disease at a western Illinois veterans home where two other cases were identified in October, state officials said. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Illinois Department of Public Health on Nov. 28 reported the latest case at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where […]

Students Learn Firsthand About Careers in Union Trades

By Joseph S. Pete | The Times CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — High school students from across Northwest Indiana got a chance Tuesday to lay brick with trowels, drill holes in walls, make insulation, operate surveying equipment, haul loads with virtual cranes and honk horns on big trucks. Fourteen different union trade groups taught about […]

Nuclear Sludge at Washington State Site Put in Safer Storage

By Nicholas K. Geranios SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — After 19 years of work to safeguard nuclear waste dating from the Cold War, workers at a sprawling Washington state site have managed to remove virtually all of the radioactive waste from 16 aging underground steel tanks at risk of leaking. The sludge left over from the […]