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Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

FILE - In this March 1, 2019 file photo, deer run alongside rising water from the Yazoo River in Warren County, Miss.  A deadly brain disease has been found in or is suspected in 40 Mississippi deer, and the state is asking hunters to continue providing samples through the deer season.  “Deer harvest begins to tail off this time of the season. I hope we will get several hundred more before the season is over, if not a thousand or so,” Russ Walsh, wildlife chief of staff for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi: Up to 40 deer tested had deadly brain disease

Jan. 12, 2020 3:07 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A deadly brain disease has been found in or is suspected in 40 Mississippi deer, and the state is asking hunters to continue providing samples through the deer season. “Deer harvest begins to tail off this time of the season. I hope we will get several hundred more before the...

Security personnel walk with the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket, that will be used for the Artemis 1 Mission, as it is moved to the Pegasus barge, at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility where it was built, in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. It will be transported to NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for its green run test. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi

Jan. 8, 2020 6:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a brass band playing and a parade of workers sporting Mardi Gras beads, a huge component of a new rocket system was wheeled slowly from a New Orleans spacecraft factory on Wednesday to a barge that will float it up the Mississippi River for testing. The recently completed...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, photo, students from New Harmony High School work on a restoration project at the Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans. This new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Jan. 6, 2020 4:53 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students,...

This aerial photo provided by the Scott County, Iowa, Emergency Management Agency shows a train derailment that sent at least a dozen rail cars and tankers off their tracks, the Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 , in downtown LeClaire, Iowa. The derailment, along U.S. Highway 67, just a couple of hundred feet from the banks of the Mississippi River, forced police to send a hazardous materials team to the site. (Scott County Emergency Management Agency via AP)

Train traffic resumes at site of eastern Iowa derailment

Jan. 4, 2020 12:29 PM EST

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — Train traffic resumed early Saturday in an eastern Iowa city a day after a derailment sent more than a dozen freight cars and tankers off the tracks just yards from the Mississippi River. The LeClaire Fire Department said in a news release that all derailed cars had been moved away...

This aerial photo provided by the Scott County, Iowa, Emergency Management Agency shows a train derailment that sent at least a dozen rail cars and tankers off their tracks, the Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 , in downtown LeClaire, Iowa. The derailment, along U.S. Highway 67, just a couple of hundred feet from the banks of the Mississippi River, forced police to send a hazardous materials team to the site. (Scott County Emergency Management Agency via AP)

Train derailment in eastern Iowa leaves mess, slows traffic

Jan. 3, 2020 5:05 PM EST

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A train derailment Friday morning sent more than a dozen rail cars and tankers off the tracks in the eastern Iowa city of LeClaire, shutting down a nearby highway and sending a hazardous materials team scrambling to the downtown district site. The derailment happened a couple of...

This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shows a golden eagle dubbed Hytop with a cellular data transmitter on Feb. 9, 2013, at Skyline Wildlife Management Area in Alabama. Such transmitters are one way the department keeps tabs on the golden eagles that winter in the state. Those fitted to eagles since the start of 2019 are much smaller. (Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources via AP)

About 5,000 golden eagles winter in eastern U.S.

Jan. 1, 2020 8:06 AM EST

Golden eagles are back from Canada, spending the winter in the eastern U.S. Researcher Trish Miller said there are probably around 5,000 east of the Mississippi River, compared to estimates of 1,000 to 2,500 when she and her husband, Michael Lanzone, began studying them in 2005. Other scientists have come up...

Memphis kidnapping suspect fatally shot in Arkansas

Dec. 31, 2019 8:19 AM EST

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Police in eastern Arkansas fatally shot a kidnapping suspect early Tuesday during a traffic stop and officers discovered the suspected kidnapping victim alive inside the vehicle's trunk, authorities said. Police in Memphis, Tennessee, responded to a report early Tuesday of two men...

Lawsuit: US Army spillway opening hurts wildlife, localities

Dec. 27, 2019 7:24 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Mississippi are trying to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission to consult with them before opening the Bonnet Carré Spillway in Louisiana again and flooding the region with polluted river water. A federal lawsuit filed this week...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shows a silver carp that was caught in the Illinois Waterway approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan. Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted this week only about 120 yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan River in Nobles County. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP File)

Invasive silver carp confirmed for 1st time in SW Minnesota

Dec. 20, 2019 3:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota after essentially sneaking into the state through the back door, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted only about 120 yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan...