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Zoo Boise vaccinates animals against COVID-19

Jan. 21, 2022 10:49 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Just like other Idaho residents, some animals at Zoo Boise are getting vaccinated against coronavirus. So far, about half of the animals have received COVID-19 vaccinations, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway told KIVI-TV. The zoo is...

Carney focuses on jobs, education in speech to lawmakers

Jan. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney stressed the need to expand Delaware’s economy and improve its public schools during his State of the State speech to lawmakers Thursday. Carney also thanked state officials for their response to the coronavirus pandemic and...

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Jan. 18, 2022 11:55 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import...

EPA to review NC permit OKs at hog farms collecting gas

Jan. 14, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated the rights of minority residents and poor people living near farms where it approved plans to capture gas from hog waste. The U.S. Environmental...

Border agents seize bushmeat at Minneapolis airport

Jan. 14, 2022 18:07 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. customs agents say they’ve confiscated bushmeat multiple times at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport since December. WCCO-TV reported Friday that Customs and Border Patrol officers seized more than 100 pounds of bushmeat from U.S. citizens...

Consumers asked to support Northeast organic dairy industry

Jan. 14, 2022 14:26 PM EST

Northeast organic dairy companies are trying to recruit consumers to help strengthen the industry after news that 135 farms in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York will lose their milk contracts. An initiative announced Wednesday by Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of organic yogurt...

Idaho snowpack has water experts cautiously optimistic

Jan. 14, 2022 13:41 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s snowpack levels are in good shape and water experts are cautiously optimistic about water levels in the coming months. Daniel Tappa, a hydrologist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, said Thursday that by Jan. 1 most of the state had...

Manatee feeding experiment starts slowly as cold looms

Jan. 13, 2022 13:57 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An unprecedented, experimental attempt to feed manatees facing starvation in Florida has started slowly but wildlife officials expressed optimism Thursday that it will work as cold weather drives the marine mammals toward warmer waters. A feeding station...

DNR set to allow factory farm expansion in Kewaunee County

Jan. 11, 2022 10:32 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental regulators are set to allow a factory dairy farm accused of contaminating Kewaunee County drinking water to expand, angering conservationists. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the state Department of Natural Resources has drafted...

Dutch king swears in new ruling coalition, Rutte's 4th

Jan. 10, 2022 08:00 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte embarked on a fourth term Monday, leading a coalition that took office amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown and policy challenges ranging from climate change and housing shortages to the future of agriculture. King...