Latest Population growth and decline News

2-week deer season approved, rifles banned from turkey hunts

Apr. 11, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

HARRIBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved concurrent hunting for antlered and antlerless deer through the duration of the 2021-22 firearms deer season. LNP newspaper reports that commission members acknowledged at their spring meeting Saturday...

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

West Virginia weighs income tax cut to stem population loss

Apr. 09, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With West Virginia about to lose another congressional seat because of steady population decline, some Republican lawmakers are convinced a massive income tax cut is the key to reversing the trend. But figuring out how to do that without harming the state's most...

Lawmakers given more time to redraw Oregon political lines

Apr. 09, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Legislature will have until Sept. 27 to complete the redistricting process, giving lawmakers more time to draw political boundaries following a delay in crucial census data. The unanimous decision...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

Minnesota Star Tribune. April 4, 2021. Editorial: Emergency powers strengthened Minnesota Resolve differences with good-faith negotiations, not Wisconsin-style court fights. Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a...

West Virginia gov calls for compromise summit on income tax

Apr. 02, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday called for a summit with legislative leaders to strike a compromise over how to cut the state income tax. Republicans' top statehouse priority of lowering the state's income tax has stalled...

US judge blocks Nevada grazing; sage grouse totals dwindling

Mar. 31, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles (1,036 square kilometers) of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by...

Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

Mar. 31, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the fearsome...

Largest Iowa detention facility seeks change to ICE contract

Mar. 25, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The rural jail that has long been the largest detention facility for immigrants facing deportation in Iowa plans to stop housing long-term detainees without additional federal funding or other changes, its administrator said Thursday. The Hardin...

Wisconsin prisoner population dropped in 2020 amid pandemic

Mar. 25, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of inmates in Wisconsin's prisons dropped dramatically last year as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, declining to levels not seen in more than 20 years, according to a report released Thursday by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. The adult...