Following Britain's vote last month to leave the European Union, investors have been moving cash into "safe havens," such as U.S. Treasury bonds. That surging demand for reliable investments has sent interest rates down to record lows. But local governments may not be able to take advantage of cheap money for infrastructure repairs.
In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Now utilities are planning to close down the ponds that hold the toxic ash, but it has to go somewhere. Environmentalists say the safest place for it is in securely lined landfills, such as the municipal landfill in Wayne County, Ga. Locals are fighting the plan, but there's not much they can do.
Funerals are planned this week for some of the five police officers killed in an ambush last week during a downtown Dallas protest. President Obama and former President George W. Bush are speaking at an interfaith memorial Tuesday.