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AP EXPLAINS: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

AP EXPLAINS: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. Here's a look at the algae menace and what's ... (full story)


Toxic algae flourishes despite vast sums spent to prevent it

Toxic algae flourishes despite vast sums spent to prevent it

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned.
A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it.
Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lighthead ... (full story)


Lawsuit seeks new recourse on for-profit college fraud

Lawsuit seeks new recourse on for-profit college fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two women who claim they were defrauded by a for-profit college have sued the Education Department and a private loan servicer in a case their attorneys say could provide a new legal remedy for tens of thousands of students frustrated with the department's inaction on claims seeking loan forgiveness.
The l ... (full story)


Should police get to view bodycam footage immediately?

Should police get to view bodycam footage immediately?

ATLANTA (AP) — The use of body cameras by police has become more widespread, but there remain inconsistencies in how law enforcement agencies around the country deal with the footage, raising concerns among community activists who look to the videos to bring greater transparency to how police interact with citizens.
A new r ... (full story)


Michigan governor cites 'significant' concerns over pipeline

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday he had "significant" concerns after the company that operates twin oil pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway told state officials it had found additional gaps in pipeline coating.
The Republican governor criticized Enbridge Inc. after the Canadian company i ... (full story)