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Bank seeks contamination protection for new site

Sep. 22, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — A bank looking open a new location on the site of a former gas station has applied for a Vermont program to protect it from previous contamination. The Brattleboro Reformer reports River Valley Credit Union applied for the state's brownfields environmental liability limitation...

Maine organic fair goers parade in the name of compost

Sep. 22, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

UNITY, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual festival of rural living, homesteading, organic agriculture and sustainability is a go for the weekend. The Common Ground Country Fair got started on Friday in Unity and runs until Sunday. The event is put on by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and has been...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise Saturday at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Duke...

Wyoming receives $881K in conservation project funds

Sep. 22, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will get more than $881,000 in federal funds for outdoor recreation and conservation projects throughout the state. The money comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and was announced Tuesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan K. Zinke. Congress is considering...

Michigan utility unveils new battery at university

Sep. 22, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The battery will be...

AgCenter marsh prescribed burn class Oct 23 in Lafayette

Sep. 22, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is offering a class for people who want certification to perform prescribed burns on marshland they own, manage or lease. Coastal resources specialist Mark Shirley says that, done right, fire can remove years of old, dead vegetation and let new growth sprout. The...

2nd rabid raccoon found in same Pittsburgh neighborhood

Sep. 22, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that a second raccoon found in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. The Allegheny County health department says the raccoon brought to one of its facilities Thursday was found on the edge of the...

Prairie seed harvest set this weekend in central Iowa

Sep. 22, 2018 10:31 AM EDT

ELKHART, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and other land trusts in Iowa will be harvesting prairie seeds this weekend in central Iowa. This Saturday, volunteers will be collecting seeds at the 154-acre Snyder Heritage Farm near Elkhart. The foundation, Foundation, Bur Oak Land Trust, Four...

City seeks to stop erosion from claiming bridge, power lines

Sep. 22, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Officials looking to rebuild a collapsed bridge in a Mississippi city have another problem — the underlying waterway is trying to change course. The Vicksburg Post reports Hennessey Bayou began cutting a shorter channel to the Mississippi River after the river's 2011 flood....

Bald eagle released at Ohio's Hocking College

Sep. 22, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A young bald eagle took flight toward a tree line at noon on Thursday at Hocking College, just a stone's throw from the college bookstore and near the Hocking River. A gathering of about 50 students and faculty watched, waited and celebrated a release coordinated by the Ohio...