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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 26, 2020 2:56 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Feb. 25 The Orlando Sentinel on giving reparations or scholarships to the descendants of the 1920 Ocoee massacre: Ocoee stands alongside Rosewood and Groveland as place names synonymous with atrocities against Florida’s African-American people and...

Bill would end bipartisan rule for Fish and Game Commission

Feb. 26, 2020 2:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Roughly a month after one of Idaho's newest Fish and Game Commissioners had to step down because of his political affiliation, a panel of lawmakers has approved a bill to remove the commission's bipartisan membership requirements. The commissioners set hunting and fishing regulations,...

Pendleton gets $1.8M emergency loan for flood-damaged levee

Feb. 26, 2020 2:34 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The city of Pendleton will get a $1.8 million through an emergency loan for repairs to a critical levee damaged by massive flooding in northeast Oregon earlier this month in hopes the structure can be fixed before the spring snowmelt, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Brown, a...

Appeals court hits California county's oil permit system

Feb. 25, 2020 10:53 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California county that pumps most of the state’s oil and has issued more than 1,000 drilling permits in five years violated state environmental laws, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in a victory for environmentalists who argued the permit system threatened the region’s...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

Maryland state Sen. Chris West, left, a Republican, and Del. Kumar Barve, a Democrat, discuss legislation they are sponsoring that would phase out burning coal at Maryland's six remaining coal-fired power plants to reduce emissions and provide funds to impacted workers and communities during a news conference about the measure on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Maryland bill aims to transition state away from coal

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland would phase out the state's six remaining coal-fired plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under legislation that has bipartisan support, but opponents who work at the plants cited the loss of hundreds of jobs and urged lawmakers to study the idea further before taking...

GA Senate panel seeks to block landfills near Satilla River

Feb. 25, 2020 5:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation that would prevent new landfills from being built near the Satilla River in southeast Georgia is advancing at the state Capitol. Senate Bill 384, sponsored by Sen. William Ligon, a Republican from Brunswick, was approved unanimously by the Senate Natural Resources and Environment...

FILE - In this Spet. 18, 2019, file photo, the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. A Trump administration proposal to roll back environmental reviews for big projects is drawing heavy objections from African American and Latino communities.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Opponents fault Trump proposal to cut environmental reviews

Feb. 25, 2020 5:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Describing windows rattled by industrial blasts and windowsills covered in toxic ash, an African American resident of Texas’ oil hub joined Democratic lawmakers, state officials and others Tuesday in urging the Trump administration to drop a proposed rollback that they said would...

Investigation underway after 7 swans found dead in Montana

Feb. 25, 2020 12:01 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — An investigation has started in southern Montana after seven trumpeter swans were found dead at a pond near Bozeman, wildlife officials said. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks received a report of dead swans between the towns of Belgrade and Manhattan on Friday, the...

Judge nixes environmental agency challenge to utility regs

Feb. 24, 2020 7:59 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has rejected a challenge by state environmental officials to rules issued by Delaware utility regulators regarding renewable energy requirements. The judge on Monday ruled that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has no standing to challenge regulations...