Latest Population growth and decline News

Researchers: Kauai's invasive parakeet population declines

Jun. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers have documented a decrease in Kauai's population of rose-ringed parakeets, a invasive species plaguing local farms. The island had a minimum of 7,300 of the parakeets this year, down from 10,500 last year, said Jane Anderson, assistant...

Prison that housed Connecticut death row is closes early

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has closed the maximum security prison that once housed the state's death row. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday that the Northern Correctional Institution, the state's highest security prison, was taken out of service three weeks ahead...

Rural legislators face loss of clout during redistricting

Jun. 10, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Sen. Jerry Klein’s legislative district covers a section of North Dakota that's bigger than Connecticut. Democratic state Rep. Josh Boschee says he can walk the entire length of his Fargo district in less than a half hour. While both...

Jails emptied in the pandemic. Should they stay that way?

Jun. 07, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

It wasn’t long after Matthew Reed shoplifted a $63 set of sheets from a Target in upstate New York that the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Instead of serving a jail sentence, he stayed at home, his case deferred more than a year, as courts...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 02, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. May 26, 2021. Editorial: Everyone deserves kudos after a difficult school year Most area schools celebrated graduations over the past weekend, marking the end to a strange, difficult year. The end of the...

DOJ settles with Pennsylvania city over language barrier

Jun. 01, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania police department will be required to take steps to remove language barriers faced by the city’s large Spanish-speaking population under a U.S. Justice Department settlement announced Tuesday. The Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation...

'Past the point of no return'? Iowa Dems feel hopes fading

Jun. 01, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Democrats lost last year's election for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District by the narrowest margin in a House race in almost 40 years. After the six-vote heartbreaker, some expected Democrat Rita Hart to immediately declare a rematch in the southeast district long held by...

China faces strains as population ages, birth rate falls

Jun. 01, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Yue Yan is glad to have two daughters but sees why, even with the ruling Communist Party urging them to have more children, fewer Chinese women give birth at all. Yue, 35, spends days looking after her 2-year-old and evenings helping her 10-year-old with...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

May. 31, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. May 26, 2021. Editorial: Sound principle, not narrow partisanship, must guide Nebraska’s redistricting Redistricting, even in Nebraska’s officially nonpartisan Legislature, has often proven a messy affair. And it’s not just...

China easing birth limits further to cope with aging society

May. 31, 2021 06:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party said Monday it will ease birth limits to allow all couples to have three children instead of two in hopes of slowing the rapid aging of its population, which is adding to strains on the economy and society. The ruling...