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Congress takes bizarre detour to fund U.S. roads and bridges

To get to the $305 billion needed to fund the federal highway bill, Congress did everything short of searching the couch cushions or raising the gas tax. Thursday, it tapped the piggy bank of U.S. banks regulated by the Federal Reserve. It also planned to sell oil in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in attempt to find new “pay-fors,” which, ...

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Local business settles OSHA case

FORT EDWARD — A. Hyatt Ball Co. has reached a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws. The citations were issued in April, after an employee’s complaint resulted in an OSHA inspection of the company’s 1 School St. manufacturing facility. At last report, Hyatt Ball employed about seven people. The ...

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Analysis finds issues with geothermal project

QUEENSBURY — Warren County leaders have pledged an official review of a second alternative energy project on county property after supervisors and citizens concluded the geothermal system at the county Municipal Center has not brought savings as promised. The 2007 project was discussed at two county board meetings last week, with a growing number of supervisors expressing concerns about the ...

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Don’t blame the turkey if you feel snoozy; the bread and the basket share molecular formula and other Turkey Day science

Impress your friends and family this Thanksgiving with some tidbits about the chemistry behind the big meal. Read this and you can put a stop to that tryptophan myth: that one you’re always hearing about how all the tryptophan in turkey sends you into a stupor. Tryptophan — an amino acid — is not to blame. That’s just one lesson ...

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Utilities see potential in drones to inspect lines, towers

BLENHEIM, N.Y. — U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but strict regulations have so far slowed adoption of the technology. The remote-controlled devices make the work of linemen safer, more efficient and less expensive, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, which last ...

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Application filed for new pipeline in Hudson Valley

ALBANY, N.Y. — A pipeline company has filed a permit application to build two underground oil pipelines running 178 miles between Albany and Linden, New Jersey. Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings said Wednesday that most of the pipeline will follow rights of way along the Thruway in the Hudson Valley. One pipeline would carry crude oil south to refineries and the other ...

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Offshore gas terminal near NJ, NY vetoed by Cuomo

TRENTON — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas deepwater port proposed for the waters between New Jersey and New York, effectively killing the plan. Cuomo announced his opposition to the port in a letter to the federal Maritime Administration and at a news conference on Long Island. The docking station would have been ...

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Proposed ocean gas terminal off NY, NJ faces opposition

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Environmentalists and some residents of coastal communities are fighting a proposed liquefied natural gas transfer point in the waters off New York and New Jersey, saying it could endanger the environment and be a tempting target for terrorists. But Canada-based Liberty Natural Gas LLC says the proposal to develop the deep-water docking station known as ...

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Deal reached to keep Walton plant open

Local officials welcomed news Wednesday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in Walton will remain open, saving 141 jobs. “We’re thrilled,” said Glenn Nealis, the Delaware County economic development director. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that negotiations with corporate officials prevented the closure of plants in Walton, Avon and Lowville, and set plans for investments ...

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Meander bypass pipe would cost $48 million

MINERAL RIDGE — Installing 12 miles of 42-inch- diameter underground pipe to deliver a backup water supply from Berlin Reservoir directly to the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District’s water treatment plant would cost $48 million, according to an estimate received by the district’s chief engineer. The estimate came from AECOM, formerly URS, a consulting engineering firm, which has offices in Cleveland ...

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