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Australia to soon change Cabinet with new deputy leader

Jun. 21, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will soon announce changes to his Cabinet after a scandal-tarnished colleague was elevated to deputy prime minister on Monday. Lawmakers in the junior coalition partner, the Nationals party, elected...

Kentucky agency wants public to report sick or dying birds

Jun. 21, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are asking residents in some counties to stop feeding birds and for anyone who encounters a sick or dying bird to report it online. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been receiving reports of sick and dying birds...

Tuscaloosa seeks to cut water use because of leaking pipe

Jun. 20, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

Tuscaloosa is ordering most of its water customers to use less, saying a leak in a key water line is reducing how much water it can pump out. Mayor Walt Maddox on Sunday ordered conservation measures for areas south of the Black Warrior River, including the University of...

Splash park closes after officials investigate illnesses

Jun. 20, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A splash park at a wildlife attraction in the Wichita area has closed after health officials reported illness concerns and several families said their children became sick after visiting the site. Tanganyika Wildlife Park's Director Matt Fouts said...

Baltimore delays implementing plastic bag ban once again

Jun. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has once again delayed implementing its ban on single-use plastic bags. The Baltimore Sun reports that the city is now giving retailers until Oct. 1 to comply with the ordinance. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said that...

Pawtucket development gets brownfields remediation loan

Jun. 20, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has approved a $400,000 loan to help in the redevelopment of a brownfields site in Pawtucket. The loan will finance environmental remediation work as part of the larger Nexus Lofts project that will include 27...

Maine looking to implement stricter school air quality rules

Jun. 20, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Stricter air quality standards are likely coming to Maine schools. The Maine Legislature has approved a proposal to create consistent standards across the state. The proposal from Democratic Rep. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth would also charge...

Famed escapee Buddy the beefalo adjusting to life in Florida

Jun. 20, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A bison hybrid who roamed the woods in Connecticut for months after escaping on the way to the slaughterhouse has adjusted to life in a Florida animal sanctuary. Buddy the beefalo “has fully integrated into the herd” and has not tried to...

Burlington proposes trash, recycling picked up same day

Jun. 20, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington is considering a new waste collection system in which trash, recycling and food scraps would be picked up on the same day. The Burlington Department of Public Works is proposing that the city continue collecting the...

Drought raises reliance on Nevada desert wildlife 'guzzlers'

Jun. 20, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — On a mountain in Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, a state wildlife biologist is refilling water tanks. In the background, a helicopter precisely lowers a Bambi bucket holding about 200 gallons of water into a receptacle and quickly leaves to haul...