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‘Fish Attractors’ From Energy Companies’ Scrap Plastic Pipe*

By Janet McConnaughey NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plastic pipes that energy companies would otherwise send to landfills are being turned into “fish attractors ” by wildlife biologists in at least three southern states. Kentucky biologists have made hundreds of these artificial reefs from pipe donated by Atmos Energy, setting them out in lakes, rivers and […]

Scaffolding Will Soon Wrap Around Much of Iowa Capitol Dome

By Linley Sanders DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scaffolding will soon envelop the Iowa Capitol dome as workers continue a $10 million renovation project that won’t be finished for at least a year. Crews began repairs to the 131-year-old building in April but their work will become more evident this week as scaffolding goes up […]

Michigan to Start Major Revamp of Veterans Nursing Homes

by David Eggert LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is starting a major revamp of how nursing care is provided to veterans, with plans to ultimately transition from two homes in the western and far-northern regions to seven new, smaller ones spread across the state. The initiative — billed as the most substantial change to the […]

Waterway Stays Closed as More Kalamazoo River Cleanup Begins

OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) — The south banks of the Kalamazoo River will remain closed this summer as work begins upstream on four more areas needing river cleanup and restoration. Sediments, riverbanks and floodplains from Kalamazoo to Lake Michigan are contaminated with toxic waste from paper mills that once dotted the river from Kalamazoo to Otsego. […]

Company Says It Has No Plans for a New Wisconsin Pipeline

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — An oil pipeline company says it has no plans to add another pipeline through Wisconsin despite environmentalists’ speculation. Enbridge Energy’s Line 61 through Rock County is approved by the state to pump up to 1.2 million barrels of oil each day to Chicago and southern oil refineries, the Janesville Gazette reported. […]