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Climate change threat: Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan

Jun. 16, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing a bird found in the North Cascades as threatened under the Endangered Species Act due to the likelihood that climate change will shrink its high-elevation habitat throughout the state. The...

Arizona lawmakers advance $100M fire fund in special session

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 16, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

$1 million fine in 2016 pipeline accident in Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas company pleaded guilty to a federal Clean Water Act violation and agreed to pay a $1 million fine for damaging a pipeline that leaked more than 5,000 gallons of oil in a Louisiana bay in 2016, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday. ...

Senators press Interior Secretary Haaland on oil lease pause

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both Republican and Democratic senators pressed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers Wednesday after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. In a sharply worded ruling...

Dead 'murder hornet' near Seattle is 1st found in US in 2021

Jun. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday. Entomologists from the state and U.S. Agriculture departments...

Judge: Ex-Indiana wildlife center proprietor owes PETA $734K

Jun. 16, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A judge has ordered the former proprietor of a Indiana wildlife center and his ex-wife to pay People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals more than $700,000 in attorney’s fees stemming from the group's successful lawsuit alleging violations of the Endangered...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jun. 16, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader Telegram. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Time not an excuse on vaccinations One of our editorial board members had an interesting encounter over the weekend. He went into a convenience store and the person working the counter was the...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 10, 2021. Editorial: Balancing interests at George Floyd Square Intersection can stand as a memorial with access restored. George Floyd Square in Minneapolis is well-known as a gathering place to...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 16, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that...