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 U.S. judge in OKs deal over coal ash dumping 

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has signed off on a consent agreement with a car ferry operator that eventually will stop the country's last coal-powered ferryboat from dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan.

The Ludington Daily News reports U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Thursday approved the deal reached last month by the Environmental Protection Agency and Lake Michigan Carferry, which operates the S.S. Badger.
The agreement allows the Badger to continue to operate as it makes modifications. It calls for a reduction in the amount of ash discharged over the five-month 2014 sailing season.
The ferry will have to store coal ash on board by the start of the 2015 season.
The Badger transports passengers, vehicles and cargo between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis., from May to October.

North American Labor History Conference to be hosted at Wayne

Wayne State University is hosting the 35th Annual North American Labor History Conference (NALHC) Oct. 24-26 at McGregor Memorial Conference Center.
This year’s three-day conference features addresses, book talks, panels, roundtables, and other events related to a variety of topics under the theme of “Geographies of Labor.”
Special event offerings include film screenings of “Harvest of Empire” and “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” Also scheduled is a guided tour of the DIA’s Diego Rivera Murals.
Researchers, union members, activists and students will attend meetings and discussions led by scholars from North America and around the globe. In addition to formal papers, the program includes poetry, discussions of labor activism and daily keynote addresses.
Francis Shor, WSU professor of history and NALHC organizer, says this year’s conference explores transformations in technology and economic, social, political and cultural practices over the last several centuries. “These transformations have created new spatial regimes within and across geographic boundaries. Whether negotiating the changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment.”
For further information about the conference, visit http://nalhc.wayne.edu/Home.html, or contact Shor at 313-577-9325 or f.shor@wayne.edu.

FBA?to hold seminar on preparing for health care reform Oct. 16

The Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Health Care Committee will present “Health Care Reform: Preparing for 2014 and Beyond” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Room 115 of the Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette in Detroit. Cost is $15 for FBA members and $25 for non-members. 
Register online at www.fbamich.org. or, for more information, call Brian Figot at 248-594-5950.


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