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Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 24, 2022 14:49 PM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 23, 2022. Editorial: Nebraska has much work to do before it contemplates a new prison Nebraska is spending prodigiously on its prisons: Over the past decade, costs increased 51%, from $179.8 million in 2011 to $272.3 million last year. We’re...

New plate choices coming for Alabama motorists

Jan. 24, 2022 13:15 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama motorists are about to have new license plate designs added to their options on Feb. 1, while three plate designs are being retired. The new plates are for the Alabama Poultry Foundation, Sickle Cell Awareness and Troy University, according to...

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

Jan. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be...

Maine moose hunters hope for more success in 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 04:03 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife managers will soon start accepting applications for the 2022 moose hunt, which will follow a year in which hunters had limited success. Tens of thousands of hunters typically apply for a spot in the state moose permit lottery. The Maine...

Texas DPS officer dies after traffic accident near border

Jan. 23, 2022 17:54 PM EST

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — A Texas Department of Public Safety officer has died after being involved in a single vehicle traffic accident near the U.S.-Mexico border while working with the U.S. Border Patrol. Special Agent Anthony Salas was helping transport six individuals who had...

Worries grow as deadline for whale-friendly gear draws near

Jan. 23, 2022 15:23 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Lobstermen will have to start using weakened rope or special inserts to weaken existing rope beginning in May in some waters to help protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. But the rope and links aren't yet readily available, causing...

Yellowstone visits hit record high in 2021, straining staff

Jan. 23, 2022 13:13 PM EST

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A record number of visitors flocked to Yellowstone National Park last year despite fewer hotel rooms and campsites being available because of the coronavirus pandemic and construction projects. About 4.86 million visits were tallied in 2021,...

Utah bill to protect pets from domestic abuse moves forward

Jan. 23, 2022 12:00 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One woman said her former partner bought a puppy to distract her from his alcoholism and later began threatening to mistreat the dog when she tried to get away from him. Another told state lawmakers her abusive ex used her daughter’s service dog to control...

All 100 lab monkeys accounted for after several escape crash

Jan. 22, 2022 22:31 PM EST

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The last of the escaped monkeys from the crash of a truck towing a trailer load of 100 of the animals was accounted for by late Saturday, a day after the pickup collided with a dump truck on a Pennsylvania highway, authorities said. Several monkeys had escaped...

Wolves attracted by cow carcasses kill Oregon herding dog

Jan. 22, 2022 12:23 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Wolves attracted to six unburied cow carcasses at an eastern Oregon ranch killed a herding dog, wildlife officials said. Brian Ratliff of the Oregon Department of Fish and Game said the wolves killed the 40-pound (18-kilogram) herding dog on Friday about 150...