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News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Invests $276 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure
Mar 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are investing $276 million in loans through the USDA Rural Development's Electric Program. These loans will be used to build new and improve upon old rural electric infrastructure and support smart grid technologies in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners' Disease
Feb 6, 2018 - In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirmed 416 cases of progressive massive fibrosis, or complicated black lung, in three clinics in central Appalachia from 2013 to 2017. This is the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported. To further complicate this issue, black lung is being found in young miners, indicating a more progressive disease.
Source: NPR
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Last Updated: 3/14/2018