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Cincinnati Seeks Approval of $135M Renovations to Music Hall

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s historic preservation staff is recommending that the Historic Conservation Board sign off on a $135 million makeover to the city’s Music Hall. A public hearing on the project had been scheduled for April 4 — the same day as MLB’s Opening Day. Officials changed it to April 11 amid concerns about […]

EPA Aims to Cut Methane Leaks From Natural Gas Companies

By Michael Biesecker WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration recently announced a new partnership with 41 energy companies that have agreed to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program at the Global Methane Forum held in Washington […]

Group: Illinois Historic Sites at Risk Due to Unsure Economy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Eleven schools, churches, mansions, courthouses and other historic Illinois sites highlighted on an annual preservation report are particularly vulnerable because an unsure economic climate in the state and the impasse over the state budget makes funding uncertain, the group says. Local governments and institutions own many of the sites, Bonnie McDonald, […]

Beneath the Ground, Cubs’ New Clubhouse Sparkles

By Andrew Seligman CHICAGO (AP) — Wrigley Field is looking spiffier these days, particularly beneath the ground. Players returned to sweet new digs after the Chicago Cubs moved earth if not heaven to build a 30,000-square foot clubhouse below ground that roughly triples the size of their old cramped quarters. The new facility — now […]

Traffic Backed Up? Bridge Out? More States Deploying Drones

By Steve LeBlanc BOSTON (AP) — That buzzing sound overhead may soon signal the arrival of the 21st-century version of a guy in a hardhat and bucket truck. State transportation departments are increasingly studying the use of drones for everything from inspecting bridges to clearing car accidents. Michigan transportation officials are set to begin a […]