Heavy Snow Pummels West Central United States, Forces Road Closures

The Americans were up in one, the Internationals were up in two. One was tied. THE LEADERBOARD: Numbers from Muirfield via GolfDigest.com THE RAINFALL: There was a half-inch of rain Saturday, on top of 1.1 inches from the previous two days. THE DELAY: Only about 1 hours Saturday, mainly to get all the water off the fairways and greens and in the bunkers. THE STAR: Tiger Woods hit a fairway metal from 237 yards that plugged 4 feet in front of the cup on the par-5 15th for an eagle. Matt Kuchar made a 15-foot birdie on the 18th hole to secure their 1-up win in fourballs. They were the only team to 3-0. THE FINAL SHOT: Zach Johnson holed out from 115 yards for eagle on the 15th hole to complete the only foursomes match before play was stopped. Johnson and Dufner beat Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman, 4 and 3. THE SHUTOUT: Richard Sterne and Branden Grace are the only players without a point going into singles. THE FINALE: The foursomes matches are to be completed Sunday morning, followed by 12 singles matches. Rain was in the forecast. NOTEWORTHY: No team has ever trailed going into singles and won the Presidents Cup outright. QUOTEWORTHY: “I think everyone is a little tired.” International captain Nick Price. TELEVISION: Sunday, 7a.m.-noon ET, Golf Channel; noon-6 p.m., NBC.

Up to 30 inches of snow was forecast to drop in parts of the Black Hills region of western South Dakota from the storm, the National Weather Service said. “It’s not normal this time of year, but it is not unheard of,” said Cory Martin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in North Platte, Nebraska. “But this amount of snow for an October storm is on the higher end.” Heavy rain, golf-ball sized hail and winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour were forecast later Friday in Oklahoma along with severe storms in Kansas, the National Weather Service said. The National Weather Service, which is running on a reduced staff because of the federal government shutdown, issued blizzard and severe winter storm warnings across the Upper Plains through Saturday morning. The Black Hills of South Dakota had seen up to 19.5 inches of snow on Friday morning and up to 10 inches had fallen in Wyoming, the National Weather Service said. The heavy snow had caused some power outages in the Casper, Wyoming area. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard ordered state offices closed in the Black Hills and six counties in the southwestern part of the state and said further closures are possible. Interstate 90 was closed for about a 220 mile stretch from Sturgis, South Dakota, to Sheridan in northeastern Wyoming, according to transportation departments in both states. The National Weather Service was forecasting from 8 to 18 inches of snow in northeast Wyoming and the western South Dakota plains, and 18-30 inches in the highest regions of the Black Hills and up to a foot of snow in Nebraska. (Additional reporting by Heide Brandes; Editing by David Bailey and Diane Craft)

United States : Alliant Energy bringing energy-efficient technology to Mauston streetlights [TendersInfo (India)]

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ARCHIVES: First Dreamliner passengers sing new jet’s praises (October 2011) “Our 2014 international schedule has the 787 flying many routes to Asia,” Howard Attarian, United’s senior vice-president of flight operations, is quoted by FlightGlobal as saying in a September letter to United’s flight operations group. “In August, we told you that we believe this amount of flying warrants a west coast 787 base to reliably support our network. We have decided that LAX is the right location for this 787 base.” United’s trans-Pacific Dreamliner routes from the West Coast include flights from LAX to Shanghai and Tokyo Narita and soon-to-launch 787 routes between Seattle and Tokyo, San Francisco and Osaka and San Francisco and Chengdu, China . Also in western United States, United offers a trans-Pacific flight to Tokyo out of its Denver hub. A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off for Chicago from Houston Intercontinental Airport on Nov. 4, 2012, with more than 200 customers on board. This was the inaugural commercial flight for the United Airlines aircraft. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Even at 5:54 a.m., there was a festive air at the departure gate for United’s inaugural 787 flight. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson speaks to a group of journalists traveling on United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United CEO Jeff Smisek, back row center, stands with crew members before the first flight of the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Passengers have a little fun before boarding the first Dreamliner to fly paying customers within the United States. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com The chances of getting an upgrade weren’t good for United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Customers on United’s inaugural 787 flight were treated to snacks before the flight, including special Dreamliner cookies. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com For the first time, a departure board shows United preparing to board paying customers on a 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Thomas Moore, a customer on United’s 787 inaugural flight, also has flown on the world’s first passenger flights of the 747 and the Airbus A380 as evidenced by this self-made plaque. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United’s Dreamliner at the gate. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY And the boarding for the Dreamliner flight begins … Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY A United gate agent takes a boarding pass from one of the first customers to board the Dreamliner. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY The crew for United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight poses for a photo before departing Houston. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Capt. Cliff Pittman speaks to the media in Houston before the flight to Chicago. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com A United Airlines Boeing 787 is prepared for take-off. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Media begin filtering into the economy section ahead of United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off from Houston Intercontinental Airport. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP A view out the window during United’s first “revenue” Dreamliner flight. Scott Shatzer, for USA TODAY Departure for the Dreamliner from Houston. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY Passenger Gregg Martin poses for a picture in his business-class seat as United CEO Jeff Smisek talks to a TV crew during United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight. Courtesy of Today in the Sky reader Kris Van Cleave United CEO Jeff Smisek, for the record, sat in the bulkhead row of coach. Courtesy of Today in the Sky reader Kris Van Cleave Those on board United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight got a souvenir kit, including a certificate indicating their spot on the historic trip. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United offered free champagne in all cabins to help celebrate its long-awaited 787 debut. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com The interior of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Nam Y. Huh, AP A video screen on the back of a seat. Nam Y. Huh, AP Sleeping quarters for the flight crew. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Passenger Sean Oliver of Washington, D.C., was one of several passengers sporting a special 787 T-shirt for the occasion. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY Breakfast on United’s inaugural flight which departed Houston at 7:20 a.m.

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The new streetlights are being installed along Mansion Street in the city s downtown. The new lights will begin at the intersection of Mansion Street and Beach Street and will extend to just east of Pine Street. The location was chosen to test the performance of the lights in a business and park area that has a regular flow of traffic. The current streetlights in Mauston, as well as those throughout most of Wisconsin, are high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights. The majority of these lights are 100-watts or 150-watts. The new LED streetlights are 80-watts and tests of similar wattage bulbs have shown that they produce a higher-quality light for the roadway while using considerably less electricity. Many people in the communities across the country where the LED streetlights were first piloted reported very positive changes on the roads. The LED light is whiter, more defined, and sharper than HPS-produced light. The light is directed more on the street, allows the human eye to see details and colors better, and it is less yellow-colored than HPS-produced light. In addition, LED streetlights are designed to have a much longer useful life than HPS streetlights, which would reduce the ongoing maintenance cost. While LED technology has been around for a long time, the considerably higher upfront cost of LED streetlights did not make them cost-effective in the past for our company and customers, added Eiler Radl. As the technology has evolved, the overall costs associated with LED streetlights have dropped, which has started to make them a viable alternative. Alliant Energy s 2013 LED streetlight pilot project will include installing several hundred LED streetlights across the state in communities the company serves with electricity.