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Flow meter to be installed in Ripley city dam.
The dam behind the water plant in Ripley, West Virginia, will have a notch cut in it to allow the installation of a flow meter. According to Jackson Newspapers April 10, the move will cost the city about $20,000 but may save millions. The meter should settle the ongoing debate between the city and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) concerning the sufficiency of the stream flow to handle the output of the sewage facility in west Ripley. DEP says more flow is necessary. The agency wants Ripley to build a sewage disposal plant and, if needed, pipe the outflow to the Ohio River, a project that could cost more than $30 million.

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Prototype battery blamed in explosion at GM’s Tech Center.
One person was transported to a hospital and four others were being evaluated April 11 after a prototype battery exploded at a battery research lab at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The building housing the research lab received considerable damage. A GM official said the prototype lithium- ion battery that exploded during testing was being put through intensive tests designed to make it fail. Firefighters searched for other fires that might have been caused by the explosion. A HAZMAT team also was called to the scene. Some of the 80 workers were dismissed for the day, though most remained at the facility.

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Novelty grenade prompts bomb scare near New York’s ‘Ground Zero’.
A novelty hand grenade briefly prompted the evacuation of one of the buildings near the site where New York City’s World Trade Center towers stood until they were brought down in the September 11th attacks, police said April 12. The evacuation of 2 World Financial Center in Manhattan was triggered around 11 a.m. after an X-ray of a package at the building appeared to reveal an explosive device inside, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) spokesman said. It was actually a novelty hand grenade on a plaque that read “complaint department, pull the pin” that had been sent to one of the tenants, Nomura Holdings, the NYPD spokesman said.

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