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Panel expected to OK bonding for open space, other projects

Dec. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is set to approve $5 million in borrowing, which will allow it to finance a new round of grants to purchase open space across the state. Funds for the state's Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program, which is administered by the Department of Energy and...

Federal agency to review test drilling at Colorado quarry

Dec. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct an environmental assessment of test drilling proposed by the owner of a Colorado limestone quarry seeking to expand the operation, officials said. Rocky Mountain Resources Industrials Inc. sought an environmental review exemption for five...

Massachusetts regulators issue new standards for toxins

Dec. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state regulators have issued new standards for toxic compounds in drinking water. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, have turned up in public water supplies and private wells around the country, and there is growing evidence that long-term...

West Virginia deer gun season kill totals down from 2018

Dec. 15, 2019 2:16 PM EST

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of antlered white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the two-week firearms season was down compared to a year ago, wildlife officials said. Hunters killed 36,796 deer from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7. That was down 17 percent from the 2018 period, the Division...

National Park Service takes unprecedented step to save bats

Dec. 15, 2019 1:05 PM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — In the summer of 2019, the near-silence of a secluded, mossy hollow in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was disturbed by the sound of rock drills and hammers. Half inside a cave, a team of wildlife technicians and trail crew members were moving a pile of debris that blocked the...

Feds to help far northern Maine city improve water services

Dec. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EST

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Maine's senators said one of the most northeastern cities in the U.S. is getting help from the federal government to improve its essential services for residents. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said Thursday the Caribou Utilities District has received a...

Clash over water continues between Kansas farmers, refuge

Dec. 15, 2019 11:10 AM EST

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) — The clash over water rights between the operators of a federal wildlife refuge in south central Kansas and farmers could potentially wind up in court if the two sides don't reach an agreement on water usage. The Quivira National Wildlife Refuge has been complaining that it's not...

Injured wildlife at Lake Tahoe get trout nabbed from poacher

Dec. 15, 2019 10:42 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Injured wildlife recuperating at a rehabilitation center at Lake Tahoe turned out to be the beneficiaries of the ill-gotten gains when California game wardens busted a poacher with dozens of trout caught illegally. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife donated 54 trout this...

Capitol Watch: Plan to rid water of toxins inches ahead

Dec. 14, 2019 2:13 PM EST

New York is inching closer to joining a handful of states trying to make sure that public water supplies don't contain two industrial chemicals found in some non-stick pots and pans, paint strippers, stain resistant clothing and firefighting foams. State health officials are set to appear before the state's...

Dismissal of Ohio lawsuit against pipeline company is upheld

Dec. 14, 2019 1:20 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court this week upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the state against the builders of a natural gas pipeline over spills of drilling fluid into wetlands during construction in 2017. A three-judge panel for the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Canton said the Ohio...