Obama wants to fast-track power-line projects, including one in Minnesota

The White House is trying to streamline the permitting process for new power lines as it works to modernize the electrical grid. The projects should mean new jobs and fewer blackouts.
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The White House is trying to streamline the permitting process for new power lines as it works to modernize the electrical grid. The projects should mean new jobs and fewer blackouts.

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