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In Nebraska, Keystone XL to have its day in court today

KEYSTONE XL: A dispute over the proposed Keystone XL route will be heard in Nebraska’s Supreme Court today; meanwhile, TransCanada will have to reapply for permits in South Dakota, possibly reopening the debate in that state. (Bloomberg, Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

WIND: A poll finds the vast majority of Midwesterners do not believe in “wind turbine syndrome,” with Iowans least likely to buy into health claims over wind farms. (Midwest Energy News)

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OIL: A judge rules “gross negligence” by BP is to blame for the 2010 Gulf oil spill; the company could face $18 billion in penalties. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL: Workers at an Ohio landfill sue American Electric Power, alleging that six have died from exposure to chemicals from coal waste. (Charleston State Journal)

ALSO: How pollution rules are strengthening the market for Illinois coal. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: The White House is developing a competition to highlight cities’ climate change efforts. (The Hill)

FRACKING: The director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the state’s new fines for drilling violations are in line with other states; environmentalists, who are backing off on calls for a moratorium for now, say they’re still not an adequate deterrent. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan, InsideClimate News)

RAIL: Minnesota hires more inspectors to deal with increasing oil shipments, industry reps sound the alarm over rail delays at a conference in Fargo, as coal shippers say they’re still struggling to catch up. (Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald, SNL)

POWER PLANTS: Debate resumes over a proposed power plant project as an Illinois town reopens its city hall, and work begins on a $600 million natural gas plant in Indiana. (CBS Chicago, Indiana Public Media)

SOLAR: An Illinois co-op announces a new community solar project, and a Michigan couple strives to go off the grid. (Freeport Journal Standard, MLive)

POLITICS: The general who gained fame for taking over Hurricane Katrina relief efforts says polluting industries are “hijacking our democracy.” (Toledo Blade)

COMMENTARY: “There’s clearly a solar revolution underway.” (The Equation)

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