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Massachusetts eyeing more renewable energy-friendly future

Feb. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — With steps big and small, Massachusetts is moving toward a more environmentally friendly future in which the state will rely increasingly on renewable energy. One step came this week when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $500,000 in funding for what he described as eight...

South Carolina buys Upstate land for fishing and hunting

Feb. 16, 2019 11:05 AM EST

CLEVELAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has added land along the South Saluda River it plans to let people use for fishing, hunting and hiking. The Department of Natural Resources said the 2.7 square-mile (711-hectare) parcel of land in northern Greenville County was bought for $4 million thanks to $3...

Here's how one Boise woman makes use of Idaho roadkill

Feb. 16, 2019 3:06 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Jessica Mundall sees an animal on the side of the road, there's a decent chance it will end up inside her freezer. The 26-year-old is one of hundreds of Idahoans who take advantage of the state's roadkill salvage laws, which allow individuals to harvest whole carcasses or parts of...

Arizona lawmaker accused of endangering drought plan

Feb. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations to protect the water supply for 40 million people....

Locals find monarch colony in Mexico after yearslong search

Feb. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EST

AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico (AP) — For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local woodsmen...

Environmental groups sue Maui over replacement streetlights

Feb. 15, 2019 9:41 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing Maui officials over plans to replace about 4,800 streetlights with LED fixtures, claiming the new lights would threaten seabirds and sea turtles. Environmental law organization Earthjustice filed the lawsuit this week on behalf of the Hawaii...

Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires

Feb. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll. The 10 palm oil and pulp wood companies...

Tennessee state parks head accused of misconduct is fired

Feb. 15, 2019 6:42 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says its top state parks official has been fired over allegations of workplace misconduct. News outlets report a Thursday statement by the agency says Brock Hill was terminated from his role as deputy commissioner "following...

Committee advances governor's final cabinet nominee

Feb. 15, 2019 12:39 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee is backing the Maine governor's pick to lead the state's department that oversees agriculture. The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on Thursday unanimously voted to advance Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' nomination...

Trail runner recounts life-or-death fight with mountain lion

Feb. 14, 2019 8:17 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto Travis Kauffman's wrist and clawed at his face, he screamed a "barbarian yell," jammed his foot onto the animal's neck and held it there until the cat quit thrashing and died. After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled Thursday,...