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    Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm says research at the department's eastern Idaho nuclear facility is key to boosting nuclear energy to meet President Joe Biden's goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050. Granholm on Wednesday toured the 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation's leading nuclear energy research lab. She says increasing nuclear power could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming and extreme weather events such as floods and wildfires. Nuclear power provides about 20% of the nation's power and 50% of the nation's zero carbon-emitting energy.

      A new map in Oregon that rated the wildfire risk of every tax lot in the state — labeling nearly 80,000 structures as high-risk — generated so much pushback from angry homeowners that officials abruptly retracted it, saying they had not done enough local outreach before publicizing the ambitious project. The rapid reversal, announced late Thursday, capped weeks of criticism during which the map emerged as a flashpoint for conservatives who call it government overreach and “climate change evangelism.” Prior to the retraction, one information session in the state's rural southwest corner was canceled because of a threat to presenters.

        South Korea is on its way to the moon. SpaceX launched the Asian nation's first lunar explorer Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite is taking a long, roundabout path and will arrive in December. It's designed to orbit the moon for at least a year, collecting scientific data. It will also scout out potential landing spots for a spacecraft that South Korea plans to launch by 2030 or so. NASA is up next with the debut of its new moon rocket in late August. The space agency wants to send an empty crew capsule around the moon in a test flight before astronauts climb aboard.

          An eastern Washington town was evacuated because of a wildfire that was burning homes. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says six homes and eight other structures have burned in Lind, but the fire was starting to calm down and late Thursday all evacuations were lifted. Lind is a community of about 500 people approximately 75 miles southwest of Spokane. In California, firefighters made gains against the state’s deadliest and largest wildfire of the year, but forecasters warned Thursday that spiking temperatures and plunging humidity levels could create conditions for further wildfire growth. Scientists say climate change has made the West warmer and drier over the last three decades and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

          Anyone driving up northbound U.S. 67 and glancing across the southbound lanes before the Park Hills-Leadington exit might see one business taking financial advantage of summer’s longer days and hot sun.

          Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Luncheon recently featured Dr. David Yaskewich, associate professor of economics at Southeast Missouri State University, to discuss America's current economic state.


          Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

          Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

          An Illinois man pleaded guilty this month in St. Francois County to sodomy and incest after allegedly having sexual contact with an underage child on a camping trip in St. Joe State Park in 2019. The man was sentenced to five years in prison for the crimes.

          In a stunning upset, St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Gilliam lost her primary race in Tuesday's election to local attorney and former county assistant prosecutor Blake Dudley.

          St. Francois County voters were asked to pass a use/internet sales tax for public safety.

          Republican voters in St. Francois County who cast their ballots in Tuesday's primary election selected incumbent Judge Patrick L. King as the party's candidate for Associate Circuit Judge Division 4.

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