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Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jul. 15, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ July 13 The State Journal on the reopening plans for school districts in Kentucky's capital: Parents and guardians of Franklin County Schools and Frankfort Independent Schools students have an important decision to make in the coming days — send their...

This image provided by Burger King shows a video by Burger King addressing greenhouse gas emissions.  Burger King is announcing its work to help address a core industry challenge: the environmental impact of beef.  To help tackle this environmental issue, the Burger King brand partnered with top scientists to develop and test a new diet for cows, which according to initial study results, on average reduces up to 33% of cows' daily methane emissions. (Burger King via AP)

Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows' diets

Jul. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovine contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a cow's daily methane emissions by about 33%....

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

Vermont agriculture agency warns of rabbit disease

Jul. 12, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is warning rabbit owners about an exotic disease that affects both wild and domestic rabbits and is spreading through the western United States. The deadly disease is called rabbit hemorrhagic disease and has been found in California, Nevada,...

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, July 10, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel presented updated proposals for the EU's long-term budget and post-coronavirus recovery plan ahead of a summit next week in Brussels where heads of state and government leaders will try to agree on a compromise. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU Council head tries to win over 'Frugal Four' on budget

Jul. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With pressure mounting to reach an agreement on a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the president of the European Council on Friday tried to win over the so-called group of “Frugal Four" member countries with new proposals. Charles Michel’s latest offers keep the size...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Jul. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Conservation study shows lemurs, whales nearing extinction

Jul. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly all of Madagascar's much-loved lemurs are under threat, and almost one-third are just one step away from extinction, largely due to deforestation and hunting on the giant island off eastern Africa, conservationists said Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature,...

West Virginia landowners can register for gypsy moth program

Jul. 9, 2020 4:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia agriculture officials are asking landowners to register for a program to help slow the spread of gypsy moths. Application forms are available online and are being taken through Aug. 31. The forms require a nonrefundable survey deposit of $1 per acre and will be...

FILE - This Aug. 23, 2015, file photo shows Alpine Lake in the Sawtooth National Forest, south of Stanley, Idaho. U.S. officials have permanently closed four sheep and goat grazing allotments in and near central Idaho wilderness areas, including the Sawtooth National Forest, that are important habitat for wolves, bighorn sheep and other wildlife. (Mark Morical/The Bulletin via AP, File)

U.S. ends sheep grazing in parts of Idaho wilderness areas

Jul. 8, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have permanently closed four sheep and goat grazing allotments in and near central Idaho wilderness areas that are important habitat for wolves, bighorn sheep and other wildlife. The 140 squares miles (360 square kilometers) contained in the allotments are northeast of...