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Wind power line proposal irks some Midwest farmers
Written by JIM SALTER, Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:33

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation's effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don't want high-power transmission lines on their land.

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line. Towers 110 to 150 feet tall, 4-6 per mile, would carry lines with power generated by Kansas' modernistic windmill turbines through sparsely populated northern Missouri, through the cornfields of Illinois and to a substation in Sullivan, Ind. The exact route has not been finalized.

The idea is supported by environmental groups who say it is an opportunity to take a big step forward for an energy source that could reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and cut air pollution. Clean Line has four other transmission line projects in the works in the West and Midwest.

All five still require regulatory approval. If all goes right, the Kansas-to-Indiana line — called the Green Belt Express Clean Line — could be operational by 2018, said Mark Lawlor, director of development for Clean Line.

"There are a whole host of wind developers who are ready to go but they don't have the ability to transmit the power," Lawlor said. "But like an oil or gas field that's remotely located, you've got to find a way to get that resource to market."

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Lake Superior State to greet spring with burning snowman
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:28

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Students at a northern Michigan university are getting ready to mark this week's long-awaited end of winter with the traditional burning of the snowman.

Lake Superior State University says the 40-year custom will repeat at noon Thursday.

Spring officially arrives that day in the northern hemisphere at 12:57 p.m.

The university says students and maintenance employees build the 10- to 12-foot-tall snowman "mostly from paper destined for the recycling bin, along with a wood and wire frame."

Lake Superior State says this year's ceremony will mark another transition on the Sault Ste. Marie campus. It says that school President Tony McLain hands off the torch to light the snowman to his successor, Thomas Pleger. The presidential change takes place in July.


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Committee to vote on new rules for Ohio's jails
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New standards for Ohio's jails are up for a vote that cover everything from meals to emails.

The rules up for review include revised mental health standards and changes for suicide prevention.

A state committee of lawmakers will vote on the proposals Monday. It will be the first time Ohio's jail standards have been updated since 2003.

One proposed change would allow jails to serve inmates two meals each day.

Several mental health agencies are supporting revisions that they say would improve treatment for mentally ill inmates.

Other changes would allow jail staff to review prisoners' emails for security reasons and monitor and record inmate visits.


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Body of missing kayaker is found in Ohio lake
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:25

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the body has been found of a kayaker who disappeared in a central Ohio lake while trying to rescue a dog.

The office of Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott says the body of 21-year-old Kyle Miller was found in Darby Bend Lakes in the Prairie Oaks Metro Park in Hilliard during a second day of search efforts Sunday.

Miller and 19-year-old Austin Gifford had been kayaking at the park Saturday when they entered the frigid water to try to save the dog.

Gifford tried to rescue Miller before witnesses pulled him from the water. He had been taken to a hospital, treated and sent home.

The dog did not survive.


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Ohio animal shelter reopens after parvo deaths
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:22

HEATH, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio animal shelter is reopening after parvovirus killed a litter of puppies and forced a shutdown and cleaning.

The shelter in Heath in Licking County, east of Columbus, had closed to the public earlier this month after the puppies contracted the contagious viral disease and died.

The shelter plans to reopen on Monday, and will offer reduced adoption fees for some dogs and cats.

Shelter executive director Lori Carlson said all animals brought into the shelter are vaccinated for parvovirus.

The virus spreads through direct contact with other dogs or through fecal matter. Health experts said the virus can also be spread by humans via fecal matter on shoes. It does not threaten humans.


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