Worried Town

A dump truck prepares to cross the Embarras River bridge named after late singer and Academy Award-winning actor Burl Ives near Newton, Ill., on Nov. 13. Newton, which touts the fact that Ives spent his childhood in the area, also takes pride in a local 200-worker power plant that many of the southern Illinois town's 2,850 residents worry faces a clouded future as Illinois pollution-control regulators decide whether to give Texas-based Dynegy Inc. more time to install pollution controls on the Newton plant and four other Illinois ones it seeks to buy. Newton residents fear an unfavorable ruling could upend the Dynegy deal and perhaps force the power plant to close, posing a crippling loss of tax revenue.


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