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    WHITE HOUSE LAUNCHES EFFORT TO BOOST OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY


    June 24, 2022 - Dan Majors

     

      The White House on Thursday launched a formal partnership with 11 East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry, a key element of President Joe Biden's plan for climate change.

      Mr. Biden, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other top administration officials met with governors, wind industry officials and labor leaders Thursday at the White House. The session focused on ways to expand important segments of the offshore industry, including manufacturing facilities, ports and workforce training and development.

      The partnership comprises governors of both parties from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

      Missing from the compact is Virginia, where Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin has moved to withdraw the state from a regional carbon-limiting initiative meant to combat climate change.

      6 killed in helicopter crash in W. Va.

      Six people were killed after a Vietnam-era helicopter crashed while giving a tour in West Virginia on Wednesday evening, according to authorities.

      The Bell UH-1B helicopter, known as a "Huey," crashed about 5 p.m. on a rural roadway in Logan County, W.Va., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The helicopter came down near Blair Mountain, in a mountainous part of the state.

      The aircraft had been used to give tourist flights around the area, Ray Bryant, the chief of operations for Logan Emergency Management Authority, told WSAZ. The helicopter, which is owned by Marpat Aviation, was part of an annual reunion this week for enthusiasts of the historical "Huey" aircraft.

      The cause of the crash remains unclear, according to authorities. The Logan County Office of Emergency Management had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the county at the time of the incident.

      Settlement OK'd in Fla. condo collapse

      A judge gave final approval Thursday to a settlement topping $1 billion for victims of the collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building that killed 98 people, one of the deadliest building failures in U.S. history.

      The decision by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman came a day before the one-year anniversary of the Champlain Towers South disaster in the Miami suburb of Surfside. The judge praised the lawyers involved for averting what could have been years of litigation with no sure outcome for victims.

      "It will never be enough to compensate them for the tragic loss they have suffered," the judge said. "This settlement is the best we can do. It's a remarkable result. It is extraordinary."

      The deal sets up a $1.02 billion fund for people who lost family members in the collapse of the 12-story building, as well as those who suffered physical or mental injuries. Attorneys said another $200 million is available from the Champlain Towers condo association itself, including insurance.

      CREDIT: By Dan Majors / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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