In national news:

Bayer will pay $5.6 million to resolve violations related to an explosion that killed two employees in 2008. The Monheim am Rhein, Germany-based company settled the alleged violations of federal chemical accident prevention laws with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency related to the incident at its Institute, West Virginia facility on Monday. About $4.2 million of the settlement will be used to improve emergency preparedness and response at the facility and protect the nearby Kanawha River, with another $452,000 directed toward implementing safety measures at Bayer’s chemical storage facilities across the United States, in addition to a $975,000 penalty.

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