Georgia Power's coal-fired steam-turbine electric generating Plant Bowen in Euharlee, Ga., seen in 2009. The utility is planning on shuttering 15 coal- and oil-fired generating units at its facilities.
Just a few years ago, Georgia Power generated nearly three-fourths of its electricity with coal. Last year, for the first time, natural gas edged out coal, and just this week the company announced plans to close 10 coal-fired power generators within the next few years.
"We do recognize this is a historic event for our company. We've never announced this many closings at one time," says Mark Williams, a company spokesperson.
Released as a one-off project for MCA's briefly revived country subsidiary Dot Records, T-Bone Burnett's 1986 self-titled release is a wonderful stripped down snapshot of the singer/songwriter that is also a bit of a departure from the pop/rock side of his other work during this era. With contributions from folks like Jerry Douglas, David Hidalgo, and Byron Berline here, you can hear how Burnett, who would become one of the most in-demand producers for successes by The Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and others, was a great fit for roots-music classics like the O Brother Where Art Tho
A clerk prices cigarettes at Discount Smoke Shop in Ballwin, Mo. The Food and Drug Administration, which must approve all new tobacco products or any changes to existing brands, has not cleared any products since assuming that responsibility in 2009.
It's been only a few years since Congress granted the federal government the power to approve how tobacco products are made and sold in the U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration's new Center for Tobacco Products, established under a 2009 law that gives the agency jurisdiction over tobacco, must review all new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, as well as any changes to existing brands.
But the agency has yet to clear any products under the new system, and some cigarette makers are frustrated by the backlog of applications.
Construction workers overlook the hills above Port-au-Prince near Petionville, where an 18-unit complex is slated to go up this year. Despite billions of dollars in international donations for earthquake relief, only about 5,000 permanent houses have been built.
The 16/6 project, funded by the Haitian government, was initially intended to allow the closure of six relocation camps and return nearly 5,000 families to 16 neighborhoods. But construction has been extremely slow in the three years following the devastating earthquake.
Rose Lermonis spent months living in what she described as an "awful" camp in Petionville. A rental subsidy program helped her move out, but she ended up homeless again when the money ran out. She now lives in a room owned by her sister.
Bibeta Louissaint (left) stands in her makeshift shack with her 2-year-old son, Sebastian, in the Fort National neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. This area was home to many people living in the camps around the national palace. Louissaint received a rental subsidy last year to move.
Bibeta Louissaint (left) and Beatrice Rochelain are neighbors in the Fort National neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. Many people who received cash and subsidies to move out of the camps have returned to the area.
A boy stands on a pile of rocks used for the construction of new homes in the hills overlooking Camp Corail, just north of Port-au-Prince. Squatters are streaming into the area and setting up communities, with little government oversight.
This flimsy three-story house, which was rebuilt after the earthquake in January 2010, will have to be demolished to make way for an 18-unit housing project. Many homes that were rebuilt after the quake are even more dangerous than the original ones.
Saturday marks the third anniversary of the powerful earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. The quake killed roughly 200,000 people and left 1.5 million Haitians homeless.
Despite billions of dollars in international aid and pledges to help Haiti rebuild from the disaster, very little new, permanent housing has been built. And about 350,000 Haitians are still living in squalid, makeshift camps — where they face an array of health challenges.
This brand-new neighborhood of mobile homes in New Milford, Conn., is home to 13 families from New York who relocated after Superstorm Sandy. They've agreed to move out after a year, and will have a chance to buy the mobile homes afterward.
Thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims are still displaced more than two months after the storm. So, some locals in Connecticut hatched a plan to relocate some of them to a brand-new neighborhood with homes of their own.
Deborah Rassi and her family from Staten Island, N.Y., have been in the small, rural town of New Milford, Conn., for three days.
She was happy to be unpacking at her brand-new mobile house, which came with bags of donated clothing.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:19 pm
You might think that after a pretty rancorous election season there would be lingering acrimony between people who belong to groups embroiled in some of the campaign's most heated debates. But if there is, a new study by Pew found that many Americans don't feel that way.
Yonathan Melaku, the former Marine who admitting to shooting at several U.S. military buildings in the Washington, D.C., area in 2010, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, in a plea deal that makes his sentence non-negotiable. After his arrest, Melaku was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The announcement from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., that he will not seek a sixth term in 2014, would seem to give Republicans a big opening in a state that has gone deep red in recent presidential elections.
But West Virginia's animus toward recent Democrats in the White House, especially President Obama, doesn't necessarily translate into Republican advantages in statewide races.