May 3, 2009 in Nation/World

BLM receiving stimulus funds

 

The Interior Department is sending more than $300 million in federal stimulus money to the Bureau of Land Management to update its facilities and jump-start renewable energy projects across the country, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Saturday.

Salazar said the 650 approved projects will “restore our landscapes and our watersheds” and help fulfill the Obama administration’s target for renewable energy development.

Salazar made the announcement at the Red Rock Conservation Area outside Las Vegas. The desert area’s fire station was one of several facilities slated to receive solar panels under the effort.

Oklahoma City

Clinton visits site of 1995 bombing

Recalling the profound impact the Oklahoma City bombing had on the nation and himself, former President Bill Clinton announced Saturday he will join a new national board to promote the mission of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Clinton, who was president when a truck bomb tore through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, and killed 168 people, took a private tour of the memorial and museum and then was given an award for the support he has given the memorial.

“I generally don’t think people who serve as president of the United States should ever get any award – the job was honor enough,” Clinton told a group of about 200 museum supporters, bombing survivors and rescue workers. “But I will really treasure this.”

Anchorage, Alaska

Airman sentenced in miscarriage case

An airman in Alaska has been sentenced to almost 10 years behind bars after being found guilty of trying to force his wife to miscarry by lacing her food with ulcer medication.

Airman 1st Class Scott Boie, of Milton, Wis., had faced more than 26 years confinement at his sentencing Saturday at Elmendorf Air Force Base. In addition to his 9 1/2-year sentence, Boie also was dishonorably discharged.

Boie was convicted in a court-martial Friday of attempting to kill an unborn child.

Boie was found not guilty of intentionally killing the unborn child, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

From wire reports

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