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Amazon Amplifies Its Alexa Line of Voice-Controlled Devices

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon.com is introducing two devices designed to amplify the role its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people’s homes and lives. The products unveiled Thursday are echoes of Amazon’s Echo, a cylinder-shaped speaker with Internet-connected microphones that became Alexa’s first major showcase when it debuted in late 2014. Set […]

Some Huron County Residents Oppose Wind Turbine Growth

BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) — Some people living in Michigan’s Thumb region have told elected officials that too many wind turbines going up in their area. Huron County already has 328 turbines and that number could top 500 this year as developers plan more, the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe reported. Residents told county […]

EPA Wants States to Double-Check Drinking Water Procedures

By John Flesher TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Obama administration said in February that it would keep a closer watch on state agencies in charge of drinking water safety, urging them to prevent more cases such as Flint, Mich., where the system has been tainted with lead. In addition to double-checking their procedures for […]

DNR Approves Final Environmental Review for Polymet Mine

By Steve Karnowski MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A plan for Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine passed a major milestone Thursday with the Department of Natural Resources approving the project’s final environmental review, meaning the company can now start pursuing the long list of permits it needs to move forward. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said he determined that […]

Minnesota Cities Seek State Help With Outdated Water Systems

By Bill Salisbury DENNISON, Minn. (AP) — It was not in Jeff Flaten’s job description 15 months ago when he was elected mayor of Dennison, Minn. Every day, including weekends and holidays, Flaten drives to a sewer lift station on the west edge of the tiny Goodhue County town, pries opens a manhole-size steel lid […]