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Pilgrim shutdown ends nuclear power era in Massachusetts

PLYMOUTH, Mass. The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth has permanently shut down after 47 years of generating electricity, bring to a close the era of nuclear power in Massachusetts.

The final shutdown occurred at 5:28 p.m. Friday.

Entergy announced in 2015 it would retire Massachusetts' only remaining reactor, citing competition from less expensive energy sources.

Entergy had said the shutdown would take about five hours with technicians first reducing Pilgrim's power output from the 40% to 26% to about 8%, before launching the final step of inserting control rods into the fuel assembly to seal off further nuclear reactions.

The focus now turns to the daunting task of cleaning up and dismantling the plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing Entergy's proposal to sell Pilgrim to a private nuclear waste management firm that promises a speedier decommissioning.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/pilgrim-s-shutdown-ends-nuclear-power-era-in-massachusetts/510656722/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:51 AM (2 replies)

Texas governor gives failed elections nominee new job

AUSTIN, Texas Texas' former elections chief who resigned ahead of being forced out of office this week over wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of scores of voters is returning to a job under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his office told a newspaper Friday.

The Dallas Morning News reported that David Whitley's new job as a special adviser will pay him a salary of $205,000.

Whitley served less than six months as secretary of state. He stepped down Monday as it became clear that Democrats in the Texas Legislature would deny him the confirmation vote needed to continue serving.

Whitley is a longtime Abbott aide who had previously been his deputy chief of staff before the governor picked him in December to become the state's chief election officer.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/texas-governor-gives-failed-elections-nominee-new-job/510690312/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:41 AM (0 replies)

US House committee to hear bill proposing DC statehood

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform is set to hold a hearing on a bill proposing Washington, D.C., be recognized as the nation's 51st state.

WTOP-FM reports District Mayor Muriel Bowser and Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Thursday announced the July 24 hearing. The last full House committee hearing on a District statehood bill was in 1993.

The bill seeks to have the city "admitted to the Union on equal footing with the other states."

It calls for districtwide elections of two senators and one House representative. It says all district territory would be included in the declaration, save for specific exclusions of federal buildings and monuments such as the White House.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/us-house-committee-to-hear-bill-proposing-dc-statehood/510657212/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:32 AM (0 replies)

Contracts for 13,000 nurses at Twin Cities hospitals expiring with no new deal

Labor contracts covering 13,000 Twin Cities hospital nurses expired Friday without new agreements as their union negotiators continued to press for new deals with pay increases, safeguards against workplace violence and other benefits.

The expiration was something of a formality, as the old contracts remain in effect and nurses remain on the job while talks continue between the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and 14 hospitals.

However, it also marks a sense of futility in the citywide negotiations not seen since summer 2010, when a prolonged contract showdown over staffing led to a one-day strike by 12,000 nurses.

"It's very disappointing that we're here again," said Angela Becchetti, a registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and part of the MNA's bargaining team with Allina Health.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/contracts-for-13-000-nurses-at-twin-cities-hospitals-expire-with-no-new-deal/510693542/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:24 AM (0 replies)
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