West Virginia regulators consider utility upgrade request


West Virginia utility regulators will consider a request to have state residents pay for upgrades at three coal-fired power plants after regulators in other states declined to support the changes because they were not economical.

The Public Service Commission agreed Thursday to reopen the case and scheduled a hearing on Sept. 24, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed a request Wednesday to have to West Virginia customers be responsible for $48 million annually for upgrades to keep the John Amos, Mountaineer and Mitchell coal-fired generating plants in Putnam, Mason and Marshall counties compliant. The

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Will Zalatoris earns Rookie of the Year honors


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Will Zalatoris started the PGA Tour’s 50-event super season on the Korn Ferry Tour.

He didn’t win a PGA Tour event in the 2020-21 campaign.

He didn’t get into the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Yet he did something no one has done for 20 years.

Zalatoris will receive the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year for the 2020-21 season, it was announced Monday. As voted by his peers, Zalatoris becomes the first non-member of the PGA Tour to win the award since Charles Howell III did so in 2001.

Zalatoris, 25,

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The nomad guide who decodes the Sahara’s secrets


As a guide, Ag Mohamed Ali made friends from around the world, and he visited some in Europe. It was, to him, an alien world, just as Timbuktu remains for many around the globe. “The first time I was in Europe,” he said, “and I saw water just lying on the ground, I thought ‘these people are crazy’.” And everything moved at a speed that was unthinkable in the Sahara. “In the desert we have infinite time but no water,” he said. “In Europe, you have plenty of water but no time.”

And yet, even so far from the desert,

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New York City subway failed because someone pushed the wrong button


New York: A recent power outage that disrupted half of New York City’s subway system for several hours and stranded hundreds of passengers was likely caused by someone accidentally pressing an “Emergency Power Off” button, according to investigations released on Friday.

Outside investigators looking into the disruption on the night of August 29 said there was a “strong possibility” that the button was accidentally pressed since the plastic guard designed to prevent accidental activation was missing, according to a pair of reports released by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The breakdown affected the subway system’s numbered lines plus the L train for several hours.

The breakdown affected the subway system’s numbered lines plus the L

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Billy Horschel Wins European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship

Billy Horschel won the 2021 BMW Championship at Wentworth.

Billy Horschel won the European Tour’s BMW Championship at Wentworth.

Billy Horschel felt aggrieved this week at the manner in which he missed out on a place in the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup.

So he took down a bunch of leading Europeans by himself.

Horschel birdied Wentworth’s storied 18th hole after an approach shot that spun back to inside 2 feet, securing a closing 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.

He became only the second American to win what is traditionally regarded as the biggest event on

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New travel information released during online meeting


By Makeida Antonio

New travel protocols and other local tourism industry information were discussed and shared during a virtual meeting held yesterday morning.

The Destination Antigua and Barbuda webinar on Zoom was attended by the government of Antigua and Barbuda, the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association, and other key stakeholders in the industry. The introduction of new policies regarding vaccination of visitors, certified accommodations and the tourism tax levy were items listed on the meeting’s agenda.

Minister of Tourism, Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, told participants that a number of factors must be taken into consideration before the government requires

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