Wind-power supporters in Pennsylvania are calling on Congress to renew the wind-energy Production Tax Credit to save thousands of jobs in the sector. "Investing in renewable energy is key to creating new jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and promoting economic growth," Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., said in a speech in Washington, D.C., adding that the sector accounts for 4,000 jobs and powers 180,000 households in Pennsylvania.
Renew Missouri failed to gather enough signatures for a proposed ballot initiative that would have required utilities in the state to obtain 25% of their power from renewable sources by 2025. "We had tremendous support from volunteers. But ultimately collecting 180,000 signatures in three months is something that can't be done with volunteers alone," the group said in a letter to supporters.
U.S. corn-export sales rose to 645,600 metric tons in the week ended April 19, up "noticeably" from the week before and 11% above the average of the previous four weeks, according to the Department of Agriculture. About 180,000 metric tons of corn that the USDA said were bound for "unknown destinations" were likely headed to China, traders said. U.S. corn exports for this marketing year are running 7% below last year's figure, as several importers have shifted to buying wheat from the Black Sea region as a cheaper alternative to corn.
James Sheppard, 87, took a ride over the weekend in a Red Tail P-51C Mustang in Biddeford, Maine. Sheppard, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, had not been inside a P-51C since World War II, but enjoyed the flight out of Biddeford Municipal Airport. "It was pretty nice. You don't forget the feeling," he said. The Tuskegee Airmen hold a place in history as the first black pilots to serve in the U.S. military.
Ocean Properties, which owns or operates 137 hotels across the U.S. and Canada, does not have a grand scheme for getting into gaming. But the hotel company has partnered with Scarborough Downs in proposing a racino in Biddeford, Maine. Tom Varley, senior vice president of operations at Ocean Properties, said the plan is to concentrate on Biddeford Downs. "Our focus is strictly on Biddeford Downs. We're still very much a family company, and there isn't really a long-term strategy. It's really from the gut and from where the heart is," Varley said.