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U.S. Water Systems Repeatedly Exceed Federal Standard for Lead

By Ryan J. Foley and Meghan Hoyer GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg’s long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades. Blood tests show cause for concern. […]

Utility Offers Solar Panels for Lease to Customers

By Daniel Morgan GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Residents searching for simple ways to join the clean energy movement might soon have a solution. NineStar Connect, a Greenfield, Ind.-based nonprofit utility provider, is preparing to unroll a new program allowing customers to begin leasing solar panels. The solar farm — comprising 230 panels packed into narrow […]

3 Road Projects at Once Hamper Traffic Flow in Rapid City

By Max B. O’Connell RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — It’s impossible to miss the construction in downtown Rapid City right now, and area drivers are trying to make the best of it. But those who encounter any one of three major projects going on now are growing frustrated, and many are having to change up […]

Nuclear Power Plant Near Richland Unexpectedly Shut Down

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) _ Washington state’s only nuclear power plant has been shut down after operators received an indication that a system used to cool equipment wasn’t working. Officials said there was no release of radiation and no danger to the public. The Columbia Generating Station near Richland was shut down about 1:30 p.m. on […]

Flint Official: State Overruled Plan for Corrosion Control

By John Flesher FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Shortly before this poverty-stricken city began drawing its drinking water from the Flint River in April 2014 in a cost-cutting move, officials huddled at the municipal water treatment plant, running through a checklist of final preparations. Mike Glasgow, the plant’s laboratory supervisor at the time, says he asked […]